Breathe new life into your wood floors with inspiration from these colorful rooms.
1 of 8Photographer Richard Leo Johnson
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.
2 of 8Photographer Jean Allsopp
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.
3 of 8Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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.
4 of 8Photographer Michael Skott
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.
5 of 8Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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.
6 of 8Photographer Tria Giovan
/Coastal motifs stenciled onto painted wood floors add a playful touch and take a traditional blue-and-white scheme to a whole new level.
7 of 8Photographer Jean Allsopp
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.
8 of 8Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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.