15 Painted Floor Ideas To Bring Color And Personality To Your Space

There are three main reasons why flooring renovations are typically left to the professionals. First, many don't want to go through the demolition process, which can get messy fast. Second, since they're under our feet and can be covered with an area rug, it's easy to forget the ugly design is even there. Finally, while walls are easy to update, floors typically require much more planning and work.

However, you can still get a fresh new look from your outdated floors by painting them, no demo required. It's true, this surface can be DIY'd to give it a completely different aesthetic, and it's almost as easy as painting a wall; there's only two additional steps. You'll need to apply a bonding primer to make sure the paint sticks, and once the project is done, seal or waterproof the design with a top coat or a sealant. Before you begin, you should also make sure your high-traffic surface is spotless by mopping it with a strong cleaner. If you need some floor painting inspiration, the following 15 ideas will have you rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.

1. Go daring with a bold color

Those who aren't afraid of color could cover their whole floor in one solid, bright shade. The above purple paint was spread over concrete, but this look could be added to any material including vinyl, tile, or wood. 

2. Choose a warm tone

Here's another concrete floor that was painted a solid color. However, they chose a reddish rust shade that gives the room a warm and snug feel. 

3. Create contrast

Those who prefer neutrals can still create a bold look by choosing a shade that contrasts against the color of the walls. Typically, this means that the floor is dark and the walls are white, but the opposite could also create the same appearance. 

4. Make everything pure white

On the other hand, to make your whole space look like one bright blank canvas, paint everything pure white. This floor was once a golden wood but is now solid white to match the walls and ceiling. 

5. Emphasize tile by painting grout

When painting tile, you have two options: either emphasize the shape of the tiles or ignore it. If you want to choose the former option, use a very small detail brush to paint the grout lines a contrasting color. 

6. Embrace the checkerboard

To give this concrete surface more character, these homeowners decided to add a classic black and white checkerboard. To make sure the pattern was even and straight, they first outlined the squares with a tape measure. 

7. Flip the squares for a diamond shape

Similar to the above option, you could rotate the pattern so that the squares on the checkerboard look like diamonds instead. This can make a room appear larger. 

8. Change from traditional to modern

These tiles used to be a traditional tan tone. To modernize the space, the homeowners painted them a solid black color and matched the grout. 

9. Use a fun stencil

Stenciled floor tiles are a great way to personalize a space. This solid white wood floor in the entryway was given a new look with the help of a star-shaped stencil and gray paint. To make sure you don't make any mistakes, tape down the stencil with painters tape on all the edges. 

10. Add a pattern to tile

Similar to the above example, this is another floor that was given new life with the help of a stencil. However, if you look closely, you can see that this floor is tiled, which adds even more texture to the surface. 

11. Create a tile look on wood

Stencils can easily create a tile appearance on hardwood or another solid surface like concrete. This hallway design is unique because it has the added flair of smaller trim details along the edges. 

12. Use a bold color in a small area

Those who love bold colors may adore this bathroom floor, which features a teal shade and a white pattern. If you're going for a really bright color, covering a small area may be best, as a large area may make too much of a statement. 

13. Utilize a stencil on vinyl

This vinyl kitchen floor needed a refresh, so it was painted white and then stenciled with gray paint. To give it an authentic appearance, the pattern was lightly applied to make it look faded. 

14. Get artistic with faux marble

Out of all the options we've listed, this one is the hardest to recreate. It's faux marble, and to make this look authentic, you'll need to practice free handing the veining so it appears organic.

15. Make it distressed for a rustic look

If you love a rustic and slightly distressed look, paint your wooden floors a solid dark color, then add brush strokes of a lighter tone over top.