When it comes to refreshing our home decor, the walls might be the easiest target: A fresh coat of paint, a panel of wallpaper, or just some new artwork can change your vibe in a jiffy.
But if you don’t want to change your walls—or you feel like you’ve done all you can do in that space—there’s another option right under your nose (and your feet).
Among the design trends for 2019, painting your floor is among the hottest, at least according to Pinterest. The popular virtual pinboard has spoken—and revealed that searches for “painted floor tiles” are up a whopping 1,276%.
Think of it as an accent wall—only for your floors. And it’s way cheaper than ripping up hardwood or tile. But you’ll need a bit more planning to paint your floor than for that accent wall (and not just to avoid painting yourself into a corner). There’s more to this trend than meets the eye, and more than one way to paint your floors.
1. Make a statement with stencils
Photo by Zinc Art + Interiors
Statement-making flooring like ceramic, natural stone, and porcelain can come with a fairly steep price tag. Stencils to the rescue!
For a fresh look, whether for a kitchen or powder room, you don’t have to change out your flooring—just add a stencil design like a stunning mosaic or geometric pattern. It’s a fun DIY trick to create an entirely new look on tiles, parquet, wood, and even linoleum. (It’s also a fantastic way to give life to a concrete patio.)
An elegant stencil design can transform an entire room at a fraction of the price of replacing existing flooring, particularly in larger spaces. Royal Designs creates easy-to-use stencils in a variety of sizes and patterns for all types of floor remodeling projects. Even better, its online how-to videos and tutorials give you a jump-start on your quest to refresh your living space. Note that the type of paint you use and the preparation required will vary depending on your existing flooring.
2. Go big with a bold glaze
Photo by Ken Kehoe Design
Glazed ceramic tiles can be used in nearly any room in the house, but they’re most often found in kitchens and bathrooms. The thing is, you’ll rarely find ceramic tiles in anything other than neutral hues, like beige and taupe. So when you’re ready for a change, why not go bold and beautiful? A fresh burst of color can add energy and positivity to any room.
“Painting floors a bold color is a great way to tie the room together,” notes Laetitia Laurent of Laure Nell Interiors, in Deerfield Beach, FL. “Opting for a high-shine tint allows the light to reflect and better endures wear over time.”
Choose an acrylic latex or epoxy floor paint to ensure the paint will adhere to tile surfaces. For unglazed tile, in particular, apply a sealer to fill in any small pores on the surface of the tiles. A sealant can also give newly painted tiles a more glossy appearance. And be sure to give your floors ample time to dry.
3. Perk up parquet
Photo by Cheville Parquet
Parquet floors, constructed from small pieces of hardwood fitted together in geometric patterns, had their heyday in the 1960s. But this feature floor is making a comeback—with an update for design-forward homeowners.
“During the era that parquet was highly popular, it was in vogue to finish parquet flooring with a particular orange hue that doesn’t fit well with today’s trends in home decor,” says Erika Bodine, a decorator and interior planner with LuxeDecor, a high-end home decor and furnishings retailer in Chicago. Yikes.
But the good news is you can easily opt for a different color and keep the “stunningly beautiful” pattern, Bodine says. She suggests sanding the floors to smooth out any imperfections. (Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and don’t let the electric sander linger in any one place for too long, which can result in uneven surfaces.)
Opt for a wood stain or paint color that is more of the moment, like gray or black. But first, paint the parquet floors with an oil-based primer. This will keep the paint from soaking into the wood, requiring multiple coats of paint. Finish with a polyurethane coat, then voila—like-new flooring.
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