The ability of a painted floor, whether wearing a bold slick of paint or a fantastical pattern, to energize a room is something that has outlasted many fads of the past century. In my opinion, the painted floor ranks at the top of the list of classic design elements in interiors, such as blue and white porcelain, animal prints and chinoiserie elements, that will never go out of style. A young Sister Parish was certainly ahead of her time when she had her husband paint the master bedroom floor of their Far Hills farmhouse with a red and white diamond pattern. When Sister wrote part of her biography, she commented that painting the floor had been a daring move. Nearly eighty years later, House Beautiful has run an article in the February issue which discusses designers' favorite paint colors for floors.
(The entrance hall of the Whitney's Saratoga, New York horse farm as decorated by Parish Hadley. The green and white diamond pattern is the perfect accompaniment to the Whitney's collection of Americana. Photo by Oberto Gili for House and Garden.)
(Keith Irvine is no stranger to the beauty of a painted floor. The faded floor in his ballroom was inspired by a historical design he found in a Swedish house. Photo by Michel Arnaud.)
(I love how Mr. Irvine personalized the ballroom by incorporating a cartouche depicting all the elements of his life. Photo by Michel Arnaud.)
Painted floors are extremely versatile and look equally chic in a cottage or townhouse. Gary McBournie's choice of Benjamin Moore's Deep Ocean provided the perfect jolt of color to a white boathouse kitchen in Nantucket. Of course, one of my favorite floors is a faux-marble pattern that is in a New York townhouse designed by the celebrated Miles Redd. This floor is stunning and it is nearly impossible to tell that it's not real marble. Although it would require a talented artisian who specializes in faux painting to achieve this look, it is possible to hire a regular painter or builder to lay out and paint a pattern for a lot less money. I helped my mom choose a simple black and white diamond pattern for our front hall and our builder turned our vision into a reality. What are your thoughts on painted floors?
(Photo by Christopher Baker for House Beautiful.)
(That fabulous gallery designed by Miles Redd. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna.)
(My mom's chic foyer. Photo by The Peacock Salon.)
(Photo by The Peacock Salon.)