One of the things that you do not see in Southern California a lot is painted wooden floors. Wooden floors of all types are common here, oak, walnut and mahogany are all popular, but they seem to be treated in a very special way. I know that they can be expensive, but like all other materials, I like to play around with them and see if you can get more decoration out of them, rather than just simply put them down, stain them and move on.
In a lot of older traditional homes they are painted, and I think this is such a great way to bring in color and pattern. In the image above you can see a kitchen that I did, where the floors were painted in a checker board. I think it gives such a great old world look.
Here are some tips and ideas on painting floors:
- Don't limit yourself to a solid color, try painting in a border of another color
- If free style painting is not your strong suit, then try stencilling, there are some great resources for these on the Internet and they can provide some great inspiration.
- Be sure to layout the WHOLE design first, before you start to paint, it will save you from literally painting yourself into a corner!
- In some rooms you may want to have a rug, but it might be challenging, fore instance, like in a Dining Room, where chairs can get caught on a rug. Find an image of a rug that you like and paint it on the floor.
- One of my favorite libraries, was one where I created a Decoupage floor using, pages of books, it was a very cool installation.
Try and have fun with your floor, make it work for you, I would love to see some of your solutions.