tutorial on painting floors. If you decide to use a stain to design your floor, Mark Cutler of Elle Decor says you should prep the floor as you normally would for staining a floor and then tape out your design very carefully. "After the first stain dries, tape out the next color, and apply it. The effect takes a bit of work, but provides you with a more transparent finish than you could achieve with paint." FIRST ROW • 1 I adore the stripes in this Katie Ridder kitchen via Everything LEB. • 2 Nora Fleming's kitchen via Design Sponge. • 3 A subtle striped look from High Heel Foot in The Door. • 4 This floor from Alicia B Designs is very funky, though it is unclear exactly what they used to paint or stain it. • 5 My friend Richard's fabulous floor. When I saw it at a cocktail party at night it had a much darker look than it does in this photo. It was really quite dramatic! SECOND ROW • 6 And what about this amazing chevron patterned stain from Alicia B Design via Design Crisis? • 7 Stained white and brown stripes in a Texan home. House Beautiful. • 8 Design Crisis red couch. • 9 Better Homes & Gardens. • 10 House Beautiful. The owner used wood is from a small mill in Montana and she striped it herself with porch paint. She says, "I didn't want to create fake patina, so I just did one coat and it soon acquired a very authentic patina with the comings and goings of my three childrenn." Images: As credited above.