Friday, February 17, 2012

Painted floors ...

Sure a coat of paint can breathe new life into old hardwood floors, but add a bit of artistic license, and now we're talking pizaaz!

Image by Gracewood Design.

Stencils definitely contribute to the 'Wow' factor here with a black and gray design bordered with a black and white chevron pattern.

Image via The Detailed Designer.

If you can apply tape, you can achieve this design. Simply apply the background paint color (the darker shade seen above) and allow it to dry thoroughly. Then, adhere the tape to the floor in the chosen pattern. Follow with application of the lighter paint shade over the floor and tape. When the tape is removed, the pattern is revealed.

Image via Zinc Door.

Chevron design goes glam above with a protective high gloss finish and painted band to define the room's perimeter. 

Image via Abode Love.

As beautiful as these painted floors may be, they're definitely easy to mar. While some patina adds character, big scratches in the finish can be unsightly. Remember to put felt pads under chair legs and other furnishings to add some protection.

 

One of my favorite painted floor designs is a harlequin or checkerboard pattern, and I prefer seeing the woodgrain through the color. Both photos above fit my ideal floor. Images via Cottage Living (left) and DecRenew Interiors (right).

Glazes offer translucent color rather than opaque paint, so it's the best solution when you want the grain of the wood to show through or when creating an inlaid wood affect.

Image and tutorial via In Honor of Design.

But, when it's time to go big, bright hues can make a dramatic statement and wake up tired decor. Painted wood floors are easy to keep clean with just a soap and water clean up.

I think a painted outdoor deck or concrete patio could be equally as fun with a bold leaf patterned stencil. Something in green, perhaps. Ooh, I may be on to something here ...

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