Gorgeous Grays: A Painted Striped Floor in the Kitchen

Color Therapy

What to do when the linoleum tiles on your kitchen floor start to peel up? Sand down the original wood floors and start over with a painted pattern.We were asked to produce a pattern of stripes in paint just to jazz things up a bit in this kitchen. Inspiration came from the pattern itself, though we ultimately had to ask what the room wanted and follow the rhythm of the floor, which is made of 2-inch pine boards.

I first tried a set of warmer grays in Benjamin Moore's 1536 range. I thought they'd look better with the yellow walls, but they were too muddy and drab — the walls might have liked them, but the black cabinets hated them. Instead, we went with something much more neutral. This is acrylic floor paint, but we sealed it up with poly all the same.

Colorwise, this runs more along the lines of the original linoleum floor, which you can see in the second photo. We were pleasantly surprised at how much the walls embraced these colors and how comfortably masculine the whole room felt in context with the rest of the house.

Paint Colors Used:
Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach 1597
Marina Gray 1599
Timber Wolf 1600
Gunmetal 1602
Graphite 1603

Interiors by Juan Carretero

Images: Mark Chamberlain

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