Painted White Floors: Inspiration Gallery

Sarah's post last week about Tine Kjeldsen's super-white interior got me thinking about the appealing simplicity of painted white floors. As Sarah wrote, "emptiness holds possibility," so there is something particularly apt for January about starting over on an all-white base.

Painting your floors white isn't the easiest DIY project — in fact, it may be a job for a professional. You have to sand the floors completely smooth and make sure they're ready to receive the paint. Then of course there's the maintenance and upkeep (though my dark floors need daily swabbing, too, so I'm not sure how different this is). But the effect can be truly wonderful: light and breezy in summer, clean and restful in winter.

Painted white floors are most commonly associated with Scandinavian design and the country house aesthetic, pairing nicely with rustic accents as well as the Gustavian shabby-chic look. Lately, it's also accompanied a more modern, industrial look. In the photos above you can see a few different approaches. Some of the interiors feature limited palettes of white with browns, beiges and blacks; others balance the white floor with colors elsewhere, either on the walls or in scattered pops.

Which is your favorite white-floor look?


Images 1 Tine Kjeldsen's home via ATNY; 2 Yatzer via Emma's Designblogg; 3 Lyndsay Fitzhugh's interior on the Selby; 4 Photo by David Prince for Country Living; 5 Photo by Simon Upton for Domino via Bride's ; 6 Jonathan Adler-designed foyer for Liz Lange's country house, photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo for House Beautiful; 7 Betsy Brown interior via Canadian House and Home; 8 Skona Hem via Live Like You; 9 Ilse Crawford via Remodelista; 10 Toast via Remodelista.