Love it or Leave it | Painted Wood Floors

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I often see photos of painted floors in blogs, magazines and on Pinterest. However, this is not something that I see often in person and as an Interior Designer. That has a lot to do with the Denver & Boulder Colorado markets in which I work. Many of my clients live in newer homes with new or nearly new wood floors. Painting them seems like blasphemy. Another group of clients lives in older pockets of Denver, with wonderful homes including bungalows, 1930’s Tudors, and Mid-Century Modern. In these homes we are working to strike a balance between preserving original detail and modernizing the homes for life in this century. Often the floors are original to the home and again off limits to paint. But I am curious about your thoughts on painting wood floors: do you love it or would you leave it?

Restaturant DesignCecconi’s in London via Studioilse.

Interior Decorator Boulder ColoradoA simple, solid painted floor, via Bradbourne Farm.

Bathroom Designer Denver ColoradoA faux mosaic tile design painted on to a floor, via Henry Donovan Motif.

Interior Design and DecoratingThis paint pattern looks like a rug in this hallway. Via Curbly.

Interior Designer Denver ColoradoA stencil design over a distressed floor makes a dramatic statement. Via Designspiration.

Interior Decorator Boulder ColoradoA classic tile pattern painted onto a kitchen floor. Via Hello Tiger.

I want to know what you think. Would you paint your wood floors? Do you love it or would you leave it? Have you painted wood floors before? Please share your photos with us here or on Facebook.

And please chime in on our other Love it or Leave it discussions:

Or, check out the opposite of this post with Painted Ceilings.

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5 Comments

  1. June 16, 2012 Stephanie

    I have mixed emotions about it. I have a Chicago Bungalow with original maple floors, but they were covered up with linoleum buy the previous owners. My husband & I removed it…which took forever, & we were left with black stains from the adhesive. Part of me wants to just get them refinished, but another part wants to do black & white diamonds. I also have pets, birds & cats…seems like a hassle to move them out while refinishing (fumes). On the fence I guess (hence Googling & surfing in here)… I think I’d be more willing to try it before my husband would though.

  2. June 18, 2012 beautifulhabitat

    Stephanie,
    Thank yo for your feedback. Let us know what you decide. And do share photos of your finished project – we’d love to see it!
    ~Tennille

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  4. February 7, 2016 Lesley

    Our kitchen is the only room in the house with pine floors. Needless to say pine floors and pets don’t mix. I am researching how to fix, sand then paint them a charcoal gray. I’ve decided to do it just trying to work out logistics on moving appliances and us around.

    • February 8, 2016 beautifulhabitat

      Lesley,
      Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with your painting project. And do share photos of your finished floors – we’d love to see it!
      ~Tennille

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