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All White Everything

I’ve been thinking about white floors lately. More specifically, I’ve been wondering when it is OK to paint your hardwood floors? I love the look, and I could imagine wanting to do an all white room someday. But I could also see the response being: Oh, you painted over the wood!

But white floors paired with white walls makes art, furniture and color in a room really pop, like the pink here. For me, though, I tend to like warmer white on white rooms, like the top picture.

I love wide wood planks with exposed gaps between the boards, like this example at the left. Both of these spaces are very simple, peaceful.

More white floors after the break!

White floors can also make a small space appear bigger, especially when paired with white walls. Again, with the flooring and walls not competing for attention, the wood and few pops of color really stand out.

Anna from Door Sixteen wrote about her experience painting oak floors white in her home. It’s a great example of when it is the right time to paint wood–the floors were old but not original to the house and they were in bad condition. For Anna, it completely tranformed the space. She said: “What used to be the dirtiest, most neglected and depressing room in the house is now unbelievably peaceful, clean, and fresh. Anna explains how to paint your floors here. Apartment Therapy has a helpful post on painting floors, too.

What are your thoughts on painting hardwood floors? Leave a comment if you’d like to weigh in!

(Image Sources: Houzz, Domino, Door Sixteen)

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3 responses to “All White Everything

  1. You can get some very near white oak flooring. Which is treated and looks near white. Google Snow Drift Oak so see the effect. It would look great in the rooms pictured above.

  2. i am currently (as in, like right now) redoing my bedroom. i have an offwhite hardwood floor, white on white highgloss walls, black crown molding and base boards, and a taupeish ceiling and windows. i like it. i used bedding from wakeupfrankie.com and a white cast iron queen bed. i am 14 and i love the colors white and pink. the end

  3. Ah! Just hearing about all this old stuff makes me smile! I will echo that it usually costs a little more, when all is said and done, to use reclaimed materials. HOWEVER, if I am flexible about what i will find, and where i use it it almost always can come out great (cost and time wise). Usually, like the old pine siding, the disappeared walnut trim… the 1940s red-brass porch lights i just found (for $10/pr and 2 hrs rewiring).

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