How To Paint A Wooden Floor

The arrival of autumn sees many people retreat to the comfort of their own home, and is a perfect time for a little DIY or redecoration. Painting floorboards is back on trend and a great way to put life back into a house (and it isn’t as arduous a process as you might think!)

Follow these three tips to add instant style to your home this autumn:

photographer Andrew Boyd, stylist Claire Morgan for Heart Home mag

1)    Pick your colour

The colour you choose will depend on the size of the room, a smaller room will benefit from a lighter tone rather than a dark colour which might make the room feel smaller than it is and vice versa. You might also want to consider your personal style – are you going for a cosy, alpine feel with your décor or a stylish, industrial look? Or are you more creative? Experimenting with patterned floorboards is also very much on trend.

photographer Malcolm Menzies for Heart Home mag

2)    Clean and prep your floor before you get started

Before you delve straight in with the application, you’ll need to do a few things:

-       Repair your wooden floor (knock in loose nails, fill holes, sand it)

-       Vaccum/mop the floor to remove dust

-       Use white spirit to remove old oil

-       Let it dry thoroughly

photographer Paul Craig for Heart Home mag

3)    Choose the right type of paint

Colour sorted? Now it’s time to choose the paint type. Where wooden floors see a lot of action, such as an entrance hall or kitchen, use a specialist hard floor paint from Ronseal which is twice as hard as normal floor paint. This will maximise the longevity of your wooden floorboards and will leave behind a wipeable, scuff-free, fantastic surface.

Image credits: 1. Photographer Andrew Boyd, Stylist Claire Morgan. 2. Photographer Malcolm Menzies. 3. Photographer Paul Craig. All for Heart Home magazine.