Pretty Painted Floors

Breathe new life into your wood floors with inspiration from these colorful rooms.

Floors take loads of traffic, and two coats are essential.

Photographer Richard Leo Johnson

Striking Entrance

To create an entryway that’s fun and functional, use latex porch and floor enamel and paint a diamond motif. Before painting make sure you sand floors properly and vacuum thoroughly. After paint has dried, apply a second coat. Floors take loads of traffic, and two coats are essential.

A compass draws the eye toward the winding staircase.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Significant Design

Wake up a boring floor with paint. Here, thin stripes of white outline alternating shades of blue to create interest. A compass draws the eye toward the winding staircase.

Using purple on ceiling, trim, and floors unifies this space.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Artistic License

Feel free to throw the rules out the window and use colors you love where you’ll see them most often. Using purple on ceiling, trim, and floors unifies this space.

Scratches? No problem. They’ll look better with age and character. Pattern and color distract from imperfections in the boards.

Photographer Michael Skott

Easy Option

Painted floors are low-maintenance. Simply wash them occasionally with soap and water. Scratches? No problem. They’ll look better with age and character. Pattern and color distract from imperfections in the boards.

Here, extra-large diamonds add bold interest and make the space look larger.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Interesting Addition

Striped, polka dot, checkerboard, or plaid, pattern adds spunk to a vanilla kitchen. Here, extra-large diamonds add bold interest and make the space look larger.

Stenciled motifs take a traditional blue-and-white scheme to a whole new level.

Photographer Tria Giovan

Going Beyond

/Coastal motifs stenciled onto painted wood floors add a playful touch and take a traditional blue-and-white scheme to a whole new level.

Introduce color in a cheery hue through furniture and accessories to keep a white room from feeling sterile.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Opening Up

To enlarge a space visually, coat every surface in white―including floors. Introduce color in a cheery hue through furniture and accessories to keep a white room from feeling sterile.

Use oil-based porch and floor enamel in a high-gloss sheen for best results.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Real Living

Glossy paint on wood floors is perfect for a beach cottage, because it’s a low-cost, high-charm treatment and disguises flaws. Use oil-based porch and floor enamel in a high-gloss sheen for best results.

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