You’ve probably figured out by now that we’re a rug-loving bunch. But some rooms simply scream for a different floor treatment, like tile, brick, or herringbone wood. So today we’re taking a peek at one of our favorite creative flooring options: painted wood floors.
These six spaces—all a far cry from those cringe-inducing, beat-up pine floors we all seemed to have in our first apartments, and which we subsequently drowned in layers of a sad “greyge” hue in a futile attempt at camouflage—are chic conversation starters, thanks to some genius stenciling and taping, and a steady painting hand. Prepare to be, well . . . floored.
1. White is right in this Victorian-inspired living room. We love that the blank-slate quality of the floors and walls allows the finer details of the furniture and accessories—like sensuous shapes, gilding, and plush textiles—to stand out.
Photo via Period Living Magazine
2. This casual, preppy kitchen, with its striped painted floor and easy mix of white and sky blue, is a beachy delight. Bonus: stripes are the easiest of all patterns to paint. The same technique we used to paint this striped accent wall can be used to create the same effect on a floor.
Photo via Tobi Fairley
3. Continuing along the geometric theme, this painted chevron floor gets an extra visual boost from varying the size of the zigzags. The faded pink is perfect for a girl’s room or a grown-up gal’s dressing room, but the pattern itself could work in any room of the house.
Photo via Luxe and Lillies
4. You can’t get much more dramatic than this black-and-white painted dining room floor. This type of pattern is pretty tricky to DIY, since the geometric shapes—here, hexagons, squares, and circles—have to be meticulously spaced and stenciled on the floor to make it work. But if you’ve got the patience and don’t mind repeat measuring to ensure accuracy, you’ll have the foundation of an incredible room design.
Photo via House Beautiful
5. Another black-and-white space with tons of eye appeal, this living room/home office combo is showstopper, thanks to the paint-splattered floor in a pattern reminiscent of dalmatian spots. With an irregular pattern like this, keep the focus on the floors by painting the walls a uniform pale hue, skipping fussy window treatments, and moving furniture towards the perimeter or investing in some great Lucite pieces, like this desk.
Photo via Freshome
6. Designer Catherine Kwong says this living room, created for a San Francisco Decorator Showcase, was inspired by “Mick and Bianca Jagger: the Paris years.” We can’t think of a better description for such an ultra-high-end, opulent-meets-artsy space. Those gilded details on the ceiling and around the mirror caused quite a stir, but we can stop ogling the high-gloss floors painted in black with an abstract white pattern on top.
Photo via Habitually Chic
Which of these painted floors is your favorite?