Editor’s Miscellany: Look Out Below

January 19, 2012

By Kyle Hoepner

My most recent post talked about patchwork, a look I still enjoy even if it’s not necessarily on the very cutting edge of trendiness. So, since I seem to be in fusty, walk-down-memory-lane mode, why not continue on for a bit? Here’s another design trope that has passed the high-water mark of its most recent vogue, but that I hope won’t disappear completely before the next upsurge: painted floors.

Used well, painted floors can evoke feelings of anything from cottage charm to whimsy to prim Colonial rectitude to regal elegance. For me that makes them a welcome–and permanent–addition to the roster of possibilities underfoot. If you’re going to build a room design from the ground up, a painted floor is not the worst way to start.

Glossy, pure white epoxy in a South Boston condo by Tony Cappoli.

Photo by Keller + Keller, from New England Home; click to see more

The Hudson Valley farmhouse of photographer William Waldron.

Photo by William Waldron, courtesy of Elle Decor

Living room of an 1820s Colonial by Albert Hadley.

Photo by Simon Watson, courtesy of House Beautiful

A master bathroom by Los Angeles designer Mary McDonald.

Photo by Tim Street-Porter, courtesy of Veranda

How could I talk about painted floors without including Miles Redd?

Photo by Simon Upton, courtesy of Elle Decor

Two examples from a Federal-style house in Essex, Connecticut, by interior designer Charles Spada.

Photos by Bruce Buck, from New England Home; click to see more

Entry to a Cape Cod house by Richard FitzGerald.

Photo by Michael Partenio, from New England Home

A Boston penthouse also by Richard FitzGerald.

Photo by Richard Mandelkorn, from New England Home

What’s the word to describe this example by Jeffrey Bilhuber, in a rural Pennsylvania house?

Photo via themanofstyle.wordpress.com

Painted sisal in Bunny Williams‘s room at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Photo by Thomas Loof, courtesy of House Beautiful

Painted seagrass in a guesthouse master bedroom by Mary McDonald.

Photo by Tim Street-Porter, courtesy of Veranda

Painted floorcloth by Cameron Howard of Dunberry Hill Designs in Vermont.

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