From a sophisticated uptown Manhattan high-rise to a charming cottage in the French Riviera, painted floors are creating quite a buzz in the interior design industry. Painting a floor can literally breathe new life into any room while adding a touch of eclecticism and classy elegance.

San Diego hardwood floors are the most popular medium to paint. In terms of incorporating design through the use of “colored” floors, the possibilities are virtually endless. Imagine transforming plain pine-planked floors into a work-of-art using nothing other than color (think aquamarine blue or fresh sage green). Also, you could really up the “wow” factor by painting the floor in an elaborate pattern with various colors using an intricate stencil or diamond pattern – DIY fanatics say it’s quite easy since wood is a relatively easy surface to paint on.

Most protective coatings are created to keep other substances from penetrating the surface of the floor, including paint. However, it is possible to paint a finished, or sealed, surface. Just keep in mind it will likely fade more quickly. For some people, this is exactly what they have in mind since they desire a rustic, worn, authentic feel. For others, sanding down the hardwoods first will be the best option as it will help the floors retain their color.

In addition to hardwood floors, many people paint directly over concrete, laminate, linoleum, and vinyl floors in San Diego. Depending on the type of flooring, some will absorb the paint better than others. Therefore, it’s important to test the surface first by first painting a small, corner area before attempting to do the entire floor.

In most cases it’s easy to paint a floor as long as you properly prepare it first by roughing it up with a sander and thoroughly vacuuming the dust. Once the area is ready, simply spread the paint on the floor with a roller brush and let it dry – it may need more than one coat. If you’re really in a design-savvy mood, experiment with stencils to make objects, patterns, or even words on the floor. If you make an error, it’s fairly easy to fix. You’re using paint, remember?

If you’re tired of your worn-out, lifeless floors, considering painting the ones you have. If a fresh coat of paint on the wall can completely change the ambiance in a room, just think what painting the floor will do. And for those who don’t think paint is enough to salvage their current floors, head over to Unique Flooring in San Diego. We are one of the top flooring stores San Diego designers, builders and homeowners trust for all their remodeling needs. Call us today at 760-945-0010 if you are interested in schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.