9 Rooms That Will Make You Want to Paint Your Floors
Floors are often called the sixth wall for a reason. They offer up ample design opportunity: You can leave them bare, layer some stylish rugs, or even use a fresh coat of paint to quickly transform the ambience of an entire room. So to inspire some of your future floor-painting endeavors, we rounded up nine rooms, all from Apartment Therapy home tours, that will send you straight to the paint store.
1. Black Out
If you thought black floors would darken a room, then think again. Not only do black-painted floors bring definition to a room, they provide a nice contrast to pale-painted walls, just like we saw inside the kitchen of Matt Austin’s Brooklyn apartment.
2. Lighten Up
Looking for an easy way to open up a boxy all-white room? Take a cue from Kate Levinson and Mike Muschong and paint the floors in a glossy coat of bright white, just like they did in their Chicago living room.
3. Play Up a Neutral Palette
Love the look of earth tones but still itching to play with a little bright color at home? Consider painting the floor of a neutral room in bold color—like the hunter green Betsy used to paint her Savannah, Georgia, sunroom—to incorporate a surprising hue into the space.
4. Get Wavy
Searching for a fun way to turn your floor into the focal point of a room? Paint your floors in an eye-catching pattern, like the wavy black-and-white lines we spotted in Matt Austin’s Brooklyn studio space, to make an unexpected statement.
5. Try a Pretty Pastel
Lightly colored floors, like the pale lavender-painted ones in Matthew Mirarchi’s Seattle sunroom, help enhance incoming natural light from the windows while offsetting darker toned walls.
6. Go for a Gray Area
Painted gray floors subdue brightly colored walls in a tight space, just like we saw in the yellow-hued hallway of Andrew Griffiths’ colorful London flat.
7. All-White FTW
A monochrome palette, like the floor to ceiling white walls we spotted in Apartment Therapy Founder and CEO Maxwell Ryan’s summer house, helps open up a small space.
8. Pattern Play
Searching for an easy way to bring a little drama into a tight space? Paint your floors with a striking geometric motif, just like the black diamond-patterned floors we spotted in Meghan’s Charleston, South Carolina, bathroom.
9. Create a Colorful Palette
Why stop with brightly colored walls when you can have vibrantly painted floors too? Follow in Brooklyn-based artist Lani Kennefick’s footsteps and paint your floors in a hue that’s as equally eye-catching as the wall color.