Classic Painted Floor Designs

A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard design was just the beginning. I’ve also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the “urban graffiti floor” look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it’s a much easier job! You don’t have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren’t wobbly.

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren’t painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter’s tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we’d love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.
Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too… but I’m biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

I’m guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom’s painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn’t look out of place on a textile, so I think that’s why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

If you want take it up another notch – pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn’t keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we’d love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos on our Facebook page.

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Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors for Traditional Style

Painted wood floors add such a lot of character to a home and a traditional checkerboard painted design can be a very effective way to cheer up worn wood floors.

Recently I mentioned that we were invited to join the Houzz marketplace. (We’re at EuroLuxHome on Houzz.) This means I’ve been spending a lot more time on Houzz answering customer questions, so I get to see all  the great home decor photos flying by on the screen!  Some of my recent favorites show how a checkerboard painted design on a wood floor gives a room an instant facelift. Doesn’t this neutral checkerboard design in a traditional bathroom look fresh and elegant?

Although painted wood floors might seem like a modern idea, they are actually a traditional choice. Painted floors featuring decorative patterns were popular in American homes by the late 1700s. Often they replicated tile designs, and the black and white painted checkerboard pattern remains a classic choice for painted wood floors. But you don’t have to stick to black and white and neutrals.

This smart red and green painted checkerboard floor adds a little color to the mix! The floor is in a restored 1850 plantation house in Texas. The bold colors might be slightly strong for a living room, but they are a good choice for a hallway like this as they create a sense of energy and movement as you travel between rooms.

This Charleston, SC, room is gloriously inviting! Notice how the softly distressed blue and honey-colored checkerboard pattern painted on the floor doesn’t go right up to the edges. The plain border around the edge gives the illusion of an area rug. The border also creates a breathing space for the eye – a brief transition before you pass into another room with a different floor design. Also notice the real Palmetto Trees in the bookcases! Crazy, huh?

If you don’t want to paint your floors, try a wood stain instead. This splendid entryway in Philadelphia has a diamond or checkerboard floor pattern, but in more subtle wood tones. The painted checkerboard floor look works for every style of traditional home and for modern homes too. If you want to try it for yourself, this helpful Houzz tutorial on How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors should get you started.

This Old House also has a detailed How to Paint a Floor tutorial with specific instructions for a painted checkerboard floor design.

I’ve got some more ideas to share for painted wood floor designs that are just as beautiful and just as classic as the checkerboard design, but that is for another blog post! If you have a checkerboard painted wood floor, please tell us about or (or even share a photo!)

AimeeAvatarAimee owns with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Add Warmth and Mood to Your Interior Design with Wood

The magnificent paneled sitting room of Bamburgh Castle --
The magnificent paneled sitting room of Bamburgh Castle --
Bamburgh Castle exhibits a classic, dark-paneled treatment common to English estates of the day. The dark wood finish confers a real warmth to the room, which is heightened by the red leather sofas.

You may not have the privilege of living in a magnificent castle, a la Downton Abbey, but you can create many home decor effects — from the warmth of a paneled Victorian drawing room to the cool of a mid-century modern lounge — by using wood throughout your interior design. Let’s look at how wood can change the mood of a room.

In general, wood adds warmth to a room. Darker wood finishes feel warmer, while lighter, blonder finishes feel cooler. But all of them help you create an inviting interior.

A recycled wood ceiling adds warmth to this modern kitchen by Jeremy Levine Design --
Jeremy Levine Design uses recycled wood to add warmth to this modern kitchen.

In this modern kitchen by Jeremy Levine Design, the medium-tone ceiling of recycled wood warms up a space that could otherwise come across cold and industrial. Note also how the wood ceiling draws the eye upward, making the ceiling feel higher. I love the play between the wood tone of the ceiling, the light wood cabinets, and the floor (is it cork?). This kitchen is a great example of balancing hot and cold design elements.


Blue and white bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table --
Blue and white rice bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table.

Beyond the generally warm feeling wood adds to a room, wooden furniture and other elements also can create a real sense of drama in your decor. Check out this shot of an ebonized table at an Asian restaurant. Doesn’t that black background really make the blue-and-white rice bowls pop? When you use richly colored wood furniture in your design scheme, you can play off that to create stunning color contrasts. Besides an ebonized table like this one, think in terms of painted wood architectural elements hung against a neutral wall, golden oak wood floors with chocolate leather furniture, or brightly painted chairs in a white dining room. When you’re working with wood, you can customize the finish to create the effect you want.

Monochromatic wood tones combine to create a warm, inviting dining area --
Our client Isabelle creates a warm, inviting space with monochromatic wood tones livened up by the plate display in the sideboard.

Our clients know a thing or two about using wood furniture to warm up a room. Here, Isabelle uses antique furniture to create a monochromatic dining area that’s anything but boring. These pieces all work in harmony (along with her gorgeous wood floor!) to create a calm, inviting dining area. And, really, shouldn’t a dining room be all about peacefulness? For contrast and color, Isabelle displays plates on her sideboard and hangs a richly colored tapestry on the wall.

These homeowners create contrast in their natural wood decor by adding a dark French antique buffet --
If you love natural wood tones in your decor, add some lighter or darker wood elements for contrast. Here, the dark buffet warms up the cooler blonde beams.

Our clients Jamie and Bill obviously love the look and feel of natural wood in their design. They purchased the beautiful French antique buffet at right from us. The darker tone of the buffet provides a nice counterpoint to the exposed blonde beams. And the red sofa adds color and drama. Well done!

As you can see, incorporating wood furniture, flooring, or paneling into your design scheme can help you create a warm environment that says, “Stay awhile.”

Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!