3 Reasons Painting Your Wood Floors Is Not as Crazy as You Think

You’ll never see them do it on a TV design show. You won’t hear a contractor propose it. And you sure won’t find an aisle devoted to it at your home improvement store.

In fact, it feels a little bit naughty to talk about – almost a taboo. But you should consider it anyway: painting your wood floors.

I know it sounds crazy, but there are good reasons and a solid historical precedent for skipping refinishing in favor of paint.

Why paint your floors?

Style. We pretend that stained wood floors never go out of style, but they’re just as influenced by design trends as the colors on your walls or the drapes in your living room.

Sure, midtone gray wood is popular now, but espresso was all the rage five years ago. Before that? Honey oak, cherry, and any number of other stain colors.

If your hardwood flooring isn’t compatible with your home’s look, paint’s a great way to fix that. Dark or light tint, warm or cool hue – with paint, you can quickly align your floors with the rest of your decor.

Photo courtesy of S + H Construction.

Historic precedent. Painting a floor, particularly in an old home, may seem unusual today, but it was a common and preferred way to finish floors in the past.

Farmhouses from the 1800s, Victorian mansions, English estates – you’ll find painted floors in old homes ranging from rustic to ultra posh. It added color and protection to rooms and stairways prior to the development of modern wood sealants.

Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.

During the Victorian era, many homes were covered with paint. You can ascribe this explosion of color to the sudden mass-market availability of a wider range of hues.

Builders put those new colors to work on every surface, often adding detail to a room by painting borders or patterns on the floor. Kitchens were adorned with diamond-check patterns, stairways had contrasting runners, and upstairs bedrooms were coated in pale tints to brighten them and stave off winter gloom.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Practicality. Perhaps you’re ready to concede that painted floors can give your home the look you want. Isn’t it still smarter to refinish the wood?

Not necessarily! Floor refinishing is a major – and majorly messy – undertaking. Sanders throw dust everywhere, so rooms must be emptied, sealed off, and deep cleaned afterward. Plus, the subsequent staining and sealing takes days of applications and drying.

In comparison, painting a floor is a much quicker project – a light, low-dust sanding prior to priming, then one to two coats of paint that dry in mere hours.

Additionally, there are circumstances when paint offers superior performance. Old hardwood may have already been refinished multiple times, resulting in a floor too thin to survive another sanding. Because painting doesn’t require that deep sanding, you can keep your floors rather than replace or cover them.

An opaque coating can mitigate other common problems in older homes. Many older floors were patched as walls were opened up, radiators were removed, or broken planks were repaired. Paint resolves the color and grain variations from patch jobs, leaving a cleaner, more polished end product.

Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.

Of course, when it comes to painted floors, the first concern people raise is scratching. But this is less of a problem than you might think.

Use primer and a tough grade of paint, and you’ll likely prevent scratching or chipping. Porch paint works well in high-traffic settings, and higher sheens will dry harder than matte sheens.

Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.

When you do get a scratch, you can quickly and seamlessly touch it up with a brush – something you definitely can’t do with stained floors. And like stained floors, painted wood floors can be mopped and scrubbed, with no polish required!

A few tips on floor color

  • Lighter is better. Brighter painted floors will reflect more natural light than brown wood.
  • But not too light! Going with a true white floor can be a risky move. It will show every dark speck that drops onto the floor, along with grime and stains. Go a few shades darker to a pale gray for a similar, more practical effect.
  • Black can be dramatic, but, like white, it will show dust. A deep charcoal is an effective compromise.
  • Buttery yellows are traditional favorites for kitchens, mud rooms, and hallways.
  • Need some interest in your formal living room or master bedroom? Try a deep green, merlot, or navy.
  • Mix colors. Stick with a neutral for the bulk of the floor, and offset furniture with a colorful painted area rug. Or highlight the room’s edge with a wide stripe of color running against the baseboards.
Top image by Chris Stout-Hazard.


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Country Girl Miley Cyrus Buys $5.8M Tennessee Mansion

Miley Cyrus might be singing about ‘Malibu,’ but she’s done buying houses there. The Disney-actress-turned-pop-star just picked up a new $5.8-million pad in Franklin, TN.

This is Cyrus’ first home purchase in her birth state, but she’s been on a shopping spree in California over the past couple of years. In 2015, she bought a horse ranch in Hidden Hills, and 2016 called for a Malibu bungalow.

The latest addition to Miley’s collection is a sprawling 5-bed, 6-bath manse nestled on 33+ acres.

Photos from Zillow listing.

The home boasts classic Southern features including a wraparound porch and a screened-in sun room (with an indoor porch swing!). Inside the 6,869-square-foot estate, hardwood floors, a soaring stone fireplace, red brick accents and vintage exposed beams contribute to a rustic vibe.

A pool and mini-golf course dominate the fenced-in backyard. If you’re not taking a dip in the pool, then the yard is really best experienced from a second-story deck that sits atop the sun room and overlooks the property’s private 33 acres.

This home purchase comes hot on the heels of Miley’s announcement that she’s releasing a new album — one that many are speculating might be a return to her country roots. While a home purchase is hardly definitive proof, it is another signal for fans anxiously anticipating her next move.


These Stylish Flooring Looks Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans

Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become instant hits.

Below are some of our favorite versatile flooring looks.

Herringbone hardwood

Looking to update your space but stay in line with classic elements? Look no further than herringbone hardwood.

Photo from Zillow listing.

This traditional flooring material gets a modern update via herringbone patterns in different sizes, configurations, and finishes. Perfect for a statement-making entryway, grand hallway, or small space, a herringbone pattern is the ideal facelift for any room.

Herringbone can include a variety of tones and colors, or take a more monochromatic approach.

One of our favorite herringbone hardwood applications is in a contemporary coastal space. Lightly colored hardwood with subtle distressing is the perfect candidate for a herringbone configuration – it creates soft and subtle dimension against the home’s neutral palette.

Photo from Zillow listing.


While not necessarily a new trend, terrazzo flooring is back and bolder than ever. One of the oldest flooring styles still in use, terrazzo is famous for its old-world look and flexible applications, from uber-modern to retro.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Now, we’re seeing terrazzo move toward a contemporary, yet timeless style, with a focus on its green qualities. Because terrazzo is durable and easy to maintain, it often outlasts the buildings it’s installed in, making it one of the most eco-friendly materials available.

Colors, shapes, textures — the sky’s the limit with terrazzo flooring.

Modernizing terrazzo with a neutral spin, a bold and contrasting look, or an aesthetic-specific style helps it outlast trends, too.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Geometric tiles

While tile’s been a mainstay in homes for quite some time, the industry’s hitting the reset button on what we consider typical tile shapes and configurations.

Shaped tiles and geometric prints combine to deliver intricate patterns.

In modern homes, a geometric tile floor livens things up with bold colors and patterns, or adds coziness with dark grout and interesting layouts.

Photo from Zillow listing.

In a more traditional setting, geometric tiles add uniformity and character through warm, rich tones and large-format layouts.

Looking to balance between the two extremes? Consider a neutral-colored tile in a more traditional layout.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Acid-stained concrete

As homes move toward a transitional or even contemporary look, acid-stained concrete flooring is becoming a prominent theme in many metropolitan and urban areas.

Photo from Zillow listing.

These chemically treated floors combine science with style to produce a unique look – marbled concrete with a sleek, glossy finish.

Durable stained concrete creates tremendous texture and depth at a low cost.

Depending on the process, this flooring can look edgy and masculine, leaning toward a modern day bachelor pad. Or, when paired with neutral tones, it’s a simple solution for a traditionally styled family home.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Whether you’re looking for subtle elegance, a dramatic statement, or ultimate durability, today’s flooring options have you covered.

Top photo from Zillow listing.


10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer an Aquatic Lifestyle

In recent years, there’s a been a surge of interest in floating homes for many reasons – mainly because they can be easily adapted for site-specific environments.

Ranging from a water villa with a sunken floor below the water, to a self-sustainable residence that can travel to some of the world’s most remote lakes and rivers, these new bobbing homes encourage an unconventional, water-based lifestyle.

Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal

Accessible by a petite footbridge that leads from the bank to the upper deck, this houseboat by martinoff architekten contains upper and lower floors that are connected by an internal staircase. Inside, the living spaces are oriented towards the canal, while a continuous deck lines the entire length of the living space.
In Hamberg, Germany, Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal is enveloped in sliding timber slats, creating a constant connection between the interior and the exterior. Photo courtesy of M.Kunze and Martinoff Architekten.

Floating home on Lake Huron

Floating on a skeleton of steel pontoons, this prefab structure designed by MOS Architects was towed on-site, anchored and constructed in stages. Cedar envelops the interior, exterior and an enclosed exterior space. Protected by slatted rain screens, filtered light enters open voids throughout the entire structure – pragmatically reducing exposure to the natural elements.

Cedar slats mark the facade of this family lake house in Ontario. Photo: Raimund Koch.

ParkArk in Utrecht

Clad in copper panels and local timber, ParkArk was designed by BYTR Architects for a young family who wanted to live beside a 17-century park in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Formerly living in a steel ship, the family desired a houseboat that had the intimacy of their last home but with a more modern design.

Anchored beside a wooded parkland, this houseboat in the Netherlands was designed by BYTR Architects. Photo courtesy of Stijn Poelstra and Jacqueline Knudsen.

Floatwing by Friday

This prefabricated houseboat can be built to order and shipped to almost anywhere in the world. The made-to-order houseboats are designed to be entirely self-sustainable for up to a week at a time, enabling occupants the opportunity to take up residence in some of the world’s most remote lakes and rivers.

A team from the University of Coimbra in Portugal designed Floatwing. Photo: Jose Campos.

Floating home in Copenhagen Harbour

Offering picturesque views of Copenhagen Harbour, this 750-square-foot, two-bedroom floating home was designed by Laust Nørgaard and features a dark-stained wood exterior with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. The large windows allow residents and visitors to go swimming every morning by simply jumping out the bedroom door.

Laust Nørgaard and his wife, Lisbeth Juul, drew upon their years of experience living on the water to design and build this floating home in Copenhagen Harbour. The home’s minimal form and furnishings reflect the residents’ desire to downsize following three years on land. Photo: Anders Hviid.

Port X on Vltava River

Currently floating on the banks of Prague’s Vltava River, this design-centric home and event space is composed of a single deck floor and a shed roof. Designed to be mobile, added to, reduced and reproduced, the structure consists of two major modular components: the pontoon and the residential area. The technological design combines wood, laminate and CNC-cut curves.

Created as a prototype for a serial production, Port X was designed by architects Jerry Koza and Adam Jirkal, along with engineer Tomáš Kalhaus from Atelier SAD. Photo by Tomas Soucek.

Water Villa in Amsterdam

The architects at Framework Studio and Studio Prototype created geometric patterns across the exterior of this floating villa that’s moored on a canal in the southwest part of Amsterdam. The timber-clad facade features a window on the top floor that can fold up by a remote-controlled shutter for additional privacy.

Water Villa features a sunken floor below the water and an atrium at the center of the house, which connects the children’s rooms in the basement with the living and dining rooms on the ground floor. Photo by Jeroen Musch.

SayBoat in the Czech Republic

Inspired by Le Corbusier’s construction of minimalist architecture, architect Milan Řídký designed these buoyant living quarters for functionalism, spaciousness and utility. The two biggest rooms are connected by a staircase with a glass barrier, evoking the open atmosphere of a small loft.

This full-fledged floating house was designed with features that are meant to live comfortably year-round. Photo by Richard Navara, Courtesy of Milan Řídký.

‘O’ De Squisito houseboat

Expressed by horizontal slabs and floor-to-ceiling windows that float on structural catamaran beams, this dwelling designed by X-Architects is surrounded by an aquatic mise-en-scène. Inside, an upper deck contains a concealed kitchen, living room and an informal dining area, while the lower deck houses the bedrooms, bathroom and steering cabin.

X-Architects closely collaborated with Leen Vandaele, to construct a terrace with a spiral staircase that can be used as a sun deck. Photo by Ake Lindman.

Mjölk Architekti’s floating home

This two-story, affordable residence by Mjölk Architekti floats in the heart of downtown Prague. The exterior and interior is enveloped in wood panels. The ground floor contains the kitchen, living areas and a bathroom, while the top floor houses a cozy bedroom nook with a skylight.

This project was reconstructed from an old houseboat that was anchored in the sailing club in the Smichov district. Courtesy of Mjölk architekti.

Top photo by Dwell.

This article was written by Gabrielle Golenda and originally appeared on Dwell.  Check out more of their content on Dwell.com.