Places: Rooms with Painted Floors

Posted by: on February 20th, 2013 | 7 Comments
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A collage of images featuring rooms with painted floors

Images (clockwise) via Make, Coastal Living and Bloesem


Painted floors in the U.S. date back to the 18th century. With flooring options like carpets and rugs well beyond the budgets of most ordinary folks back then, they had to devise other ways to jazz up their wood flooring.

Well, the tradition of painted floors has taken quite a few colorful turns since those early days, ranging from the simple coat of paint that enlivens a kitchen or makes a bedroom sunnier, to more intricate stenciled-on designs that give rooms a more spacious, visually interesting feel.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of painting your floors, don’t be deterred because you don’t have hardwoods. You can do a ton of creative things with your vinyl, ceramic tile and concrete floors. We saw so many cool ideas for painted floors out there it was hard to choose just a few. Here are some we couldn’t help but share.

Image of a living room with stripes painted on the floor

Image via Brides


Painting stripes on a wall in your home can make the ceiling seem higher or make the room feel larger. In this image of a painted wood floor from Brides magazine, you can see how stripes act much the same way. They give the room a more expansive feel while also camouflaging imperfections in the flooring.



You can use bold geometric patterns, trompe l’oeil floor runners and other visually interesting designs painted or stenciled onto your floors to create excitement underfoot in any room. If the thought of tackling a large room seems too daunting, experiment with an out-of the-way space like a laundry room or hallway.



Image of a room with floor painted dark brown

Image via Concrete and Dust


Don’t be afraid of the dark. Some complain that dark floors show every speck of dust and dirt in a room. That may be true, but as you can see above, darkly painted floors also reflect light beautifully, accentuating all the other elements in a room.

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron blog.

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  1. Bradley says:

    Good images

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  4. Painted floors look really great and interesting for decoration. We’ve painted the floor at my daughter’s room blue and painted a couple of dolphins…she is really happy with her “sea” now. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Jae says:

    Love the look. I just painted a staircase (w/products from Home Depot!) and love how it turned out.

  6. Maria says:

    These floors are sooo very gorgeous. I’m a particular big fan of the first gray and white one. Subtle but at the same time it provides a huge impact.

  7. I’ll be honest, usually I hear painted floors and think, hmm, that isn’t right, but these floors look amazing.