Here's the Inspiration You Need to Paint Your Floors (Instead of Replacing Them!)

Here's the Inspiration You Need to Paint Your Floors (Instead of Replacing Them!)

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Arlyn Hernandez
Jun 4, 2016
(Image credit: My Domaine)

If your floors are crying uncle but you can’t manage to rip them out just yet and start anew, here’s another solution for you: paint them. In some cases, it’s not only the more affordable option, but also the most striking.

I like to think of painted floors as the home’s equivalent of killer statement heels: they take any outfit to the next level, really speak to your personal style and are maybe definitely worth the agony. Though a one-color approach can be really lovely and much less labor-intensive (even just black or white can make a big impact), I especially love the look of a simple graphic, whether it be a stripe (like the subtle white-and-gray bands in the above living room by designer Nate Berkus), a geometric pattern or a classic check. These lend a modern vibe while still remaining pretty timeless.

Nancy recently put together a stunning array of scene-stealing painted floors, but we found so many in our search that we couldn’t help ourselves from serving up more in hopes that it would spark further inspiration to anyone considering taking the painting plunge.

So if you’re on the fence and need a little nudge over the railing, or maybe just someone who religiously surfs the #ihavethisthingwithfloors hashtag, let these 8 examples (in increasing skill level) be your muse.

Skill Level: Beginner

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

This confetti-like DIY found on A Beautiful Mess is a really fun option for anyone at their first painted floor rodeo, or for someone who doesn't want to sweat over perfect measurements and symmetry. Let your heart be your guide on the placement of your stencil. I also really love the pops of gold throughout that break up the black and white and add a little whimsy.

Skill Level: Intermediate

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Borrowing inspiration from an iconic Memphis-style print, Megan Pflug shared this project over on DesignSponge, and we’re digging the runner-like application. Proof that you don’t have to go all out to, well, go all out.

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

I kind of want to stand up and applaud for these gorgeous floors by Little Green Notebook. By all means, take a moment yourself to do just that if you feel so inclined.

Can one ever go wrong with the classic check? The slight departure from the traditional black and white here, seen in Coastal Living, is welcomed, though I’d dare anyone to go totally rogue with alternating jewel tones or maybe even some metallic.

Skill Level: Expert

(Image credit: Lonny)

I admit, I’m rather tired of the classic chevron pattern, but this updated version featured on Lonny totally refreshes the look for me and creates a very clear focal point. The finished square shape is so perfect for a foyer, or maybe even the mid-landing of a staircase.

(Image credit: House Beautiful)

These floors seen in House Beautiful remind me of a few things: a visual representation of the stock market, seismic activity and maybe even a cracked sidewalk. Be that as it may, I wholeheartedly appreciate how it counterbalances the traditional claw foot tub and gilded floral wallpaper.

Skill Level: Master

(Image credit: New England Home)

Okay, so maybe these floors seen in New England Home are better suited to ooh and aah over than to actually dream of executing properly in your own home, but if you have a doctoral degree in geometry or angle-cutting (not a real thing?), then by all means, give it a go and send us photos when you’re done with a step-by-step tutorial. Or, better yet, hire a professional to tackle.

Are you considering this bold move, or have embarked on the journey yourself? We’d love to hear about it all!

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