Just look down. It's right there, beneath your feet.
Though the humble floor may not be the most prominent element in your design plans, don't underestimate its power in setting the overall mood. A subtle floor tweak or an all-over paint job could be all you need for a quick room makeover.
Here are two ways to change the feel of a room by paying attention to what you're walking on.
Paint It White
Our sister site ShelterPop recommends brightening things up with a bucket of white paint.
White-painted floors evoke summer beach homes. But a white floor can be appropriate in almost any interior, not just a seaside escape. Whether you want a contemporary or a country look, white is always a safe bet, since it's a neutral ground for any decorating scheme.So, why go white?
- It's cheaper than replacing the floor altogether.
- It can make an ugly (or damaged) wood floor into something glamorous.
- It will brighten up even the darkest of rooms.
- It will match anything you want to use in the room.
- It will make anything you put into the room look like an art object.
- It will make your room feel like an island retreat.
- It will make you feel like a Swedish super-model whenever you walk in the room...
Okay, maybe that's going a little bit far, but you get the idea.
White painted floors aren't just for country-chic interiors. White can also be a base for a contemporary space filled with bold, sleek pieces. In this room, the graphic furniture seems to leap off of the white, white floors.
How to Make It Happen:
DoorSixteen has an amazing step-by-step guide to how to paint your floors white with helpful and practical tips.
Paint a Rug
A faux rug doesn't pill.
It can personalize a room without all the dust bunnies. And if you can pull it off, it provides an illusive 3-dimensional effect on a painted flat surface.
A faux rug offers real customization, according to ShelterPop. You can create your very own design using whatever color palette you wish to match your room perfectly. You just have to be a little crafty.
How to Make it Happen:
This project will take about a weekend to complete, due to paint drying times.
Here's what you'll need:
- Painter's tape
- Paint roller with 1 roller for each paint color (Tip: Depending on the surface you are painting, you may need different types of paint. Be sure to consult an expert at your local paint store.)
- Paint brush
- Paint tray
- Floor paint (if you're painting outdoors, be sure to get exterior paint)
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
- Sand paper
- Stencils and small paint brushes (for more elaborate designs, such as the one pictured above)
- Spackle (DIY recommends spackling and sanding the gaps between the wooden slats for even coverage and a more realistic look)