Beautiful Painted Floors: Would You Do It?

I’m not sure when my love of painted floors began, but I think it had something to do with my grandmother’s squeaky clean basement floors that she painted battleship gray. Her basement was hands down, the cleanest basement I’ve ever seen. There wasn’t a spiderweb in sight, no stacked boxes of stored stuff, and had beautiful light from a door that led to the backyard. I don’t see too many painted floors in houses I visit and I’m not sure why. I have them throughout my own home and they’re so easy to clean and maintain. I’ve gathered some favorite painted floors  to share with you today. Let me know what you think!

Painted bathroom floorPhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design

I love this green floor and the color works perfectly with white walls and patterned pillows.

Photo by Minette Hand Photography

A wood-paneled cabin bedroom lightens up with a pale painted floor.

summer cabinPhoto by Hollester Interiors

A cozy coastal entryway wears a cool shade of blue on the floor. Sand from the beach is easy to sweep up on a bare floor like this. Carpeting would be a nightmare for the carefree lifestyle that comes with a beach-side home.

coastal cottage entrywayProvidence Interior Designers & Decorators Hollester Interiors

If you think painted floors are only for casual homes, think again!  Black paint adds elegance to this grand house.

black staircaseMillbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects


One of my childhood friends had a black and white checkerboard floor in her historic home’s kitchen that I thought was so cool. If you prefer a softer look, consider adding a gray and white checkerboard pattern.

diamond patterned floorSouth West Paint & Wall Coverings Farrow & Ball

If you love color in your home, look no further than painted floors! There are so many ways to embellish your floors with paint. And if you get tired of the color, it’s easy to change it, unlike carpet that has to be removed and replaced.

colorful entryPortsmouth Interior Designers & Decorators Lisa Teague Design Studios

I love classic white floors!  When I pulled out the carpet from our old farmhouse, I found white painted floors underneath. I ended up painting them chocolate brown to add drama to my rooms. One of my favorite consignment stores has white painted floors and every time I go there, I tell my hubby that I want white weathered floors. Plus I love the way wood furniture looks atop white flooring.

white painted floorSalem Photographers Tess Fine

Another fun checkerboard floor, proving that small spaces can wear cheerful patterns too!

checkerboard kitchen floorRichmond Design-Build Firms Metzger Design

How about striped painted floors with a fun star medallion?

striped floorAtlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts

If you like the look of painted floors but you’re nervous about touching your wood floors with a paint brush, consider painting a porch floor. You can use porch floor paint both inside and out.

painted floors - porch Berwyn Architects & Building Designers Peter Zimmerman Architects

So what do you think? Are painted floors something you’d consider adding to your home?

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  1. The floors in the photos are beautiful! I would paint a porch floor (if I had one). I would only paint the wood floors in the house if they were damaged. That’s my thinking on painting furniture, too. I love to paint something wood that is damaged and see it blossom, but I can’t bear to paint perfectly good wood.

  2. We did it about 8 years ago! I have loved it every day. We have high traffic and large dogs and it is still going strong. We painted ours white and it is shiny. It cleans like a dream. And we have never looked back!

  3. I was just talking about this with my room mate. However, I have cement under my carpets. I have 5 dogs so I need to get rid of the carpets. Do you have any pictures of cement painted floors? I would love to see them.
    I adore your blog.
    thanks, rosie

  4. I cant talk hubby into painting living room floors. But I did get him to let my paint the bedroom floors. I love it so much I am thinking of expanding to my office!

  5. I love painted floors too, though I don’t have any painted floors in my house. They make me nostalgic too, as many people had painted floors in their homes when I was growing up and they do seem to lend a clean look to many rooms. This is a really great post on painted floors!

  6. I live in a very small one bedroom condo, however I do have a foyer. There is no clear dividing line between the foyer and the living room. Do you recommend a stripe at to mark the end? I am thinking about blue and white check, but am afraid to take the plunge. I have a lot of blue chinoisier. I think the look would be stunning.

    1. Donna, I think your idea of defining your foyer area is brilliant. I’m thinking that the foyer area is where you would have the blue and white checked floor? If so, it would be a perfect “set up” for showcasing your blue chinoiserie. You should send Jennifer “before and after” pictures so that we can all see the result!

  7. Love the painted floors. So many ideas here. Some concern with paint not holding up under foot traffic. I’m going to repaint a small back porch floor.

  8. I’ve painted my porch floors and it’s such a clean look. I also had a black and white checkerboard floor in my kitchen that everyone loved.

  9. We would never paint our dark hickory wood floors, BUT just this morning, while sitting out on the screened porch, I was thinking about painting that floor. We just had the whole house and porch repainted in remediation from the kitchen fire and I could kick myself now for not having the painter paint the porch floor also for a little extra payment on our part. Now, our porch furniture is back in and I have a large, almost wall to wall rug out there, so it will probably never get done. Sigh.
    That BLACK floor was my favorite. It was stunningly beautiful and elegant!

  10. I love painted floors- I have soft pine in my house (1880) and paint hides a lot of damage.
    Especially liked the black floors- years ago I was in an older home, converted to a real estate office, and top to bottom, all white walls and shiny black floors. It was so impressive!

  11. I love your Blog and look forward to your blog.
    Its what I need to inspires me to move forward with my dreams
    of building and renovating ideas.
    Thank You,