Painting hardwood floors can transform what is already a decorative part of your interior design into an even more highly decorative element. You imagination and painting talent are the only obstacles stopping you from creating a genuine work of art that can become the focal point of the entire house. Try using each of these hardwood flooring paint ideas in a different room throughout the house.
Faux Tile on Hardwood Floor
You can achieve a faux tile effect that replicates just about any tile design you will seen in a flooring materials store. Begin by taping off the baseboard molding and a use colored pencil to mark off the “tiles.” A flat artist’s brush can be used to fill in the tiles while a rounded artist’s brush can help achieve the effect of geometrical shapes like triangles and squares meeting. Latex paint is the best choice for this hardwood floor paint effect.
Decorative Floor Inlay Effect
You don’t need to paint an entire hardwood floor to create a dramatic effect. Consider using a stencil to create a decorative floor inlay effect. Look for a stencil that allows you to create a multi-faceted geometric design and place it in the middle of the floor or at random spots around the floor. Add to the decorative effect by painting the inlay design with a variety of colors.
Stenciling Hardwood Floors
Another way to use stenciling when painting a wood floor is to create a design that traces the perimeter of the floor around the wall. Stenciling ideas for this floor painting design can range from Native Indian designs to animals to letters or numbers. You can use this idea to help your young child learn how to count or learn the alphabet by utilizing the idea inside their bedroom.
Rubber Stamping Hardwood Floors
Rubber stamping a hardwood floor pretty much opens up the floodgates for ideas that truly are obstructed only by your own creativity. Rubber stamps are available inside hobby and paint stores as well as on the internet featuring just about any design you could possibly think of. And if you can’t find a ready-made design, you can create your rubber stamps using the how-to guide provided in the Resources section below.
You can actually paint your hardwood floor to give the illusion that it is made from a more expensive grade of lumber or to give a sharper edge to the wood grain than what your real floor actually provides. You can paint the hardwood floor darker to achieve the rich look of mahogany. Tools like a burlap scrap, short-bristled artist’s brush, marker and a rocker can all be used to provide a more defined wood grain.