Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love it or Leave it | Painted Wood Floors

I often see photos of painted floors in blogs, magazines and on Pinterest. However, this is not something that I see often in person and as an Interior Designer. That has a lot to do with the Denver & Boulder Colorado markets in which I work. Many of my clients live in newer homes with new or nearly new wood floors. Painting them seems like blasphemy. Another group of clients lives in older pockets of Denver, with wonderful homes including bungalows, 1930's Tudors, and Mid-Century Modern. In these homes we are working to strike a balance between preserving original detail and modernizing the homes for life in this century. Often the floors are original to the home and again off limits to paint. But I am curious about your thoughts on painting wood floors: do you love it or would you leave it?
Restaturant Design 
Cecconi's in London via Studioilse.

Interior Decorator Boulder Colorado 
A simple, solid painted floor, via Bradbourne Farm.

Bathroom Designer Denver Colorado 
A faux mosaic tile design painted on to a floor, via Henry Donovan Motif.

Interior Design and Decorating 
This paint pattern looks like a rug in this hallway. Via Curbly.

Interior Designer Denver Colorado 
A stencil design over a distressed floor makes a dramatic statement. Via Designspiration.

Interior Decorator Boulder Colorado 
A classic tile pattern painted onto a kitchen floor. Via Hello Tiger. 

I want to know what you think. Would you paint your wood floors? Do you love it or would you leave it? Have you painted wood floors before? Please share your photos with us here or on Facebook.

And please chime in on our other Love it or Leave it discussions:
Or, check out the opposite of this post with Painted Ceilings.

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Anonymous said...

I am renovating an 1890's house with original wide plank floors upstairs and "newer" narrower boards downstairs. The ones downstairs are in terffic shape but upstairs these floors have been painted twice and then 2 layers of flooring were on top. We stripped everything and will be painting the floors a deep slate color. I am a big fan of painting old floors. These are in pretty rough shape(all booards intact just a lot of nail holes and scuffs) so I do not suggest painting new floors. But this is a great way to give old floors a little life! Plus it is a rental home, so it is cheaper then replacing carpet every couple of years.

flooring Honolulu said...

I do love the looks of natural colored wooden floors. It seems so homey and warm to the eyes. Nonetheless, I suppose it will also be a great option to paint floors especially when you want something new. Just have the right colors and designs. Thank you so much for this post.


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