Coloured floors – what’s hot and what’s not
What colour are your floors? Are they bright and light, or darker and more sensual? Do you go for rich, natural tones or vibrant colours? Patterned or plain? Floor colours present an endless possibility of choices and designs, and it can be a real challenge deciding on that perfect ‘look’ for your living room or bedroom. Will blonde floor boards go with a magnolia paint scheme, or should you take the opportunity to make your floor the signature piece of the room and let your artistic side run riot with the paintbrush?
Things to consider before you colour…
Before you strip your floor boards back to bare wood and then start staining, waxing or painting, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, how will your new floor colour fit in with your existing décor? It may be that you’ve matched up a perfect combination for now, but also consider the future. When you change the colour on your walls, how will your floor fit in with any new colour scheme? While you may be tempted to go for something that’s vibrant and individual now, a more muted tone may adapt more easily to your new décor when you change your mind later on.
While coloured wooden floors may blend in beautifully with your décor at home, in a business environment they can be a distraction and even portray the wrong image to visitors and customers. Colour psychology in a retail environment is exceptionally important and can even affect your bottom line figures. So if you do want to go for coloured wooden floors as part of your shop’s décor, do a little bit of research first, or play it safe and opt for more neutral tones.
Staining and waxing
Wooden floors can be coloured in a variety of ways. Staining and waxing are the most common forms of colouring wooden floors, and they tend to give more subtle results that can blend in with most interior designs. The current trend is for darker wood, and rather than go for expensive and naturally dark woods such as walnut, staining enables you to achieve similar results with softwood floors at a fraction of the cost. Waxing gives an added layer of protection on the surface of the floor and is particularly useful for high traffic areas. It also makes it easier to keep clean and only requires minimal maintenance to ensure it stays looking fresh and sparkling.
Painting and patterns
Staining and waxing wooden floors is best left to the professionals if you want to achieve a really good quality finish. But sometimes you can have a little bit of fun with your floor by treating it as a ‘horizontal wall’ and using paint to create a unique finish. Painting by hand can give your floor a ‘rustic’ feel and you can create some great results by applying techniques that you would normally use on walls, such as rag-rolling or stencilling. However, do remember to use a paint that is suitable for use on wood, and always remember not to paint yourself into a corner!
Painted wooden floors are relatively easy to restore back to their original condition, simply by calling in a floor sanding expert to take the top layer of paint off. However, painted wooden floors may not keep their looks as long as stained or waxed floors do, as the paint tends to chip quite quickly.
While natural wooden floors will always be in style, the options available to homeowners and businesses now include some trendsetting colours, designs and styles. So when it comes to colouring your wooden floors, you are limited only by your imagination – and perhaps your budget!