Painted Hardwood Floors Add a Wow Factor

June 18, 2013 | by Lisa Ehrlich | At Home

Hamptons house with painted hardwood floors. This Amagansett house boasts hardwood floors painted a very subtle gray throughout.

Painted hardwood floors have gained popularity as homeowners look for a departure from stained hardwood flooring. I stop short of calling painted floors a trend, as they have staying power.

Some Hamptonites have the floors throughout their home painted one color, creating a striking look with timeless appeal. The owner of the Amagansett dining room and kitchen pictured said, “We desired flooring that was light in color and had a beachy vibe, yet lent itself to year-round sophistication.” She worked closely with local workmen to create a custom color that was ten parts white and one part black for the pale gray used throughout her home. 

Other homeowners are opting for a decorative design on the hardwood floors to create an element of interest in an otherwise small or neutral space. For example, local artisan Rory Conway of Rory Conway Painting is tapped by discerning clients to transform traditional flooring into a focal point. He can add a new dimension to the flooring of an entire home or use a pattern to punch up a small bathroom, kitchen, hallway, foyer, or screened porch. Rory’s talents are often regarded in high esteem when one enters the Tory Burch store in East Hampton, where he has provided more than one gorgeous flooring option over the years.

Hamptontoes is a blog by interior designer Lisa Ehrlich, who shares her musings on all things interior design related, along with tidbits for living a happy and stylish life. Stay tuned for bi-weekly blog posts on décor, entertaining, and her take on the Hamptons.

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