Are you a fan of painted floors? Most of my home’s flooring is painted. They’re made of pine wood which is softer than hardwood and can show grooves and such that might not always look good. Paint helps protect the pine and makes it more durable. Here’s some creative examples that I think you’ll enjoy.
Depending on the look you’re going for, painted floors can modern or rustic. High gloss lends a contemporary vibe while a flatter finish leans toward country style.
Black flooring adds drama, especially when paired with white.
Here’s an example of a more rustic look with a flat gray paint. Ideally you want just a touch of sheen to the paint as it will dull over the years.
If you’re feeling ambitious and creative, you can try a pattern like the classic checkerboard. I’ve seen this done a lot but since I use area rugs throughout my house, I opt for a solid color.
When I first bought my home I pulled up all the rose carpeting from the 80s to reveal white painted floors underneath, like this image below. Although I love the bright and airy appeal of white painted floors, they show every strand of pet hair! So I now paint my floors a yummy chocolate brown.
Blue is an excellent choice when painting floors in a sun room or porch.
Painting your floors is cheaper than carpeting and are easier to clean. I choose a porch and deck paint for my floors and avoid the extra step of covering them with polyurethane. I did that once and I’ll never do it again. The polyurethane smelled horribly and it would peel off over time.
There’s really no end to the creativity you can employ with painted floors. At one time, my bedroom had an oriental rug painted on the floor by a previous owner.
You can paint floors in any room of your house – even high traffic areas like the kitchen. If my house had nice hardwood floors, I probably wouldn’t paint them. But my flooring is soft wood and paint makes the surface tougher.
Even formal rooms look pretty with painted floors.
Do you have any painted floors in your home? My grandmother used to paint her basement floor in battleship gray and it was spotless! I swear she had the cleanest basement in the world!