To some people having hardwood floors in their home is best thing in the world. To others though, they are nothing but a nuisance, expensive to keep up and as they age begin to look rather dingy and scratched however hard a homeowner has tried to maintain them. This is especially if they are a softer wood like cedar, which was very commonly used in the 1970s and is found in many older homes.
Having a hardwood floor sanded and refinished is an expensive and messy business and an investment a homeowner may not want to make, especially if the floors really are not particularly attractive anyway.
One trend that is very hot right now in the interior design world is painted hardwood floors and done right, the simple act of painting an old and outdated hardwood floor can turn it into something new, fresh and attractive, especially to the homeowner looking for something different and rather unique, which many are in these days of cookie cutter housing design.
If you have a hardwood floor that has seen better days creating a painted floor is far less expensive than having it refinished and you can get a creative as you like. Interested in the idea? Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind:
It is a Permanent Change
Before you paint a floor make sure that this is really what you want. Once a wooden floor has been painted restoring it to its original state will be rather difficult and not cheap.
On the other hand though, once a floor has been painted it can be repainted in the same way that the walls and ceilings in the home could be, so a homeowner is not necessarily going to be stuck with the same colors and designs for the rest of their life.
Choose the Right Paint
Standard wall paint used on the floor will not stand up to even light foot traffic well. Fortunately, even most big box home stores now carry an excellent selection of specialist floor paints, and a good paint store will be able to present you with lots of great choices.
Experts say that acrylic latex paints are the best choice for painted floors because they are durable and the finished surface will be water resistant. These paints come in two different finishes – gloss and matte – and do not really cost too much more than standard wall paint.
Think Outside the Design Box
The easiest way to paint a floor is to pick one color, buy a big roller and paint all the wood the same color. This can be very effective, especially if you are have a small space.
A bright white floor, for example, can instantly trick the eye into believing that a room is considerably bigger than it is. Many homeowners make a white-painted floor the basis for a contemporary decor scheme or for one that has a ‘shabby chic’ feel.
It is especially effective when used for the latter purpose, as any scuff marks that appear over time will actually fit in with the distressed theme very well. You don’t have to stick to all white either, any solid color may work well.
You could choose to get a little more creative though. A striped or geometric patterned floor can be very effective, and not that hard to get right as you do have the individual strips of floor planking to act as a guide. If you are painting stairs, why not consider painting each riser a different color? Or, for a larger room, creating a tile, or even carpet like pattern?
You do not even need to paint the entire floor. If there is just one area of the floor that is damaged using stencils – and patience – you could create a painted-on floor rug. This would actually still leave you with the best of both worlds – the visual interest and impact of a colored floor combined with the more traditional charm of hardwood.