Should you paint your wood floors or is that blasphemous?

10 Mar

The clouds have parted and the sun is shining down upon *dadada daaa* the next trend I bring you…painted wood floors!  They’re striking, fascinating, awesome…

Or are they?

To tell you the truth, I am very torn about this trend.  I love wood floors.  Real, original, rich wood floors- especially rustic or dark wood floors.  Yum.  So the idea of painting over those floors, permanently…well, it kind of makes my stomach knot up with guilt.  And I’m not the only one.  This trend seems to bring a mixed bag of feelings for everyone, and there are heated conversations all over the web about it.  Yikes!

However, being the moderate, well-balanced, and in-the-middle gal I try to be, I do also think painted wood floors are quite fabulous!  In my opinion, I believe if your wood floors are in bad shape & need to be re-done anyway then you should go for it  and not feel guilty!  Painted wood floors can be elegant or funky, bold or understated.  They are really versatile.  Thing is, I don’t think this trend is for any house, any room.  I think it works in some houses, some rooms, some spaces.

My very general guidelines for the go ahead on painting your wood floors is for use in:

- cabins

- beachy, rustic, or old (100+ yr old) homes

- eclectic, one-of-a-kind homes

- artist, designer, or photographer homes & studio spaces

- guest houses

- very contemporary homes

- offices

- kids rooms

- sitting rooms

If your space doesn’t fit into any of those categories, don’t get me wrong…it might still look amazing with a painted floor.  Or, maybe you’re just looking to make a statement, because a painted floor will.  If so, I applaud your gutsiness and chutzpah.

By the way, you can paint your concrete floors too!  Think patios, porches, & basements.  Yum!

Here are some of the best in painted floor designs

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

Material Girls Blog

Times Union

Better Homes & Gardens

Down & Out Chic

Design Amour

Living Etc

Apartment Therapy

Studio Nico

BEFORE

Grace Designs Dallas

AFTER

Grace Designs Dallas

Grace Designs Dallas

Here is a great tutorial on how to paint your floors and what kind of paint to use.

Oh, and never paint on a wet day!

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2 Responses to “Should you paint your wood floors or is that blasphemous?”

  1. Michelle May 16, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Do you have any idea where to find the stencil they used in the top picture of the raw wood with the white large stencil design? Love it!

    • LW Media & For The Love of Press May 16, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Hi Michelle! The designer of the floor, Catherine, designed her own pattern and stenciled it onto cardboard. A ton of work, but once the stencils are cut out of the cardboard I’m sure it goes fast! Hope that helped a little, though I’m sure already made stencils would be much easier but not nearly as much fun!

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