When I was a young mother, one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning was to lose myself in a great shelter magazine (think… House Beautiful, Elle Décor and House and Garden). This was long before we had Houzz and Pinterest to savor inspiration.
I remember vividly falling in love with decoration and design through decorators like Sister Parrish, Albert Hadley and Mark Hampton. They were impactful in solidifying my own design philosophy and they still influence my decorating style today. Elements of their rooms would include beautiful textiles, well placed antiques (some fine and some not) Chinoiserie and porcelain vases and often times a painted floor peeking out underneath vintage rugs or sometimes no rugs at all. I loved those painted floors and even today will paint a floor given the opportunity.
The House in which I lived the longest, I painted all the upstairs floors white. I can’t remember a time when there weren’t numerous animals running through our house. Cats, dogs, ferrets, and once even our maimed rooster spent some time upstairs in our bedroom. These floors, always pet and kid friendly, looked great with a quick sweep and a mop.
There are, of course, millions of color possibilities and patterns as well as stencils to achieve most any look but sometimes just the simple act of putting a fresh coat of paint on a floor is enough to liven it up and carry the room.
Think of a painted floor as a creative response to traditional flooring and also to rugs: updated, colorful and timeless, all at once.
Do you see painted floors in your house?