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Classic Painted Floor Designs

A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard design was just the beginning. I’ve also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the “urban graffiti floor” look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it’s a much easier job! You don’t have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren’t wobbly.

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren’t painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter’s tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we’d love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.
Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too… but I’m biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

I’m guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom’s painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn’t look out of place on a textile, so I think that’s why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

If you want take it up another notch – pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn’t keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we’d love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos on our Facebook page.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Elegant Halloween Decor: Black and White Thrills

As I said last year in my Vintage Halloween post, Greg and I don’t make a big celebration of Halloween, although we usually watch a creepy movie. But even those of us who don’t want to festoon our homes with plastic spiders can still get ‘into the spirit’ of Halloween with these elegant Halloween decor ideas.

An easy way to create grown-up and elegant Halloween decor is to strip out the orange plastic, the red blood, and the green Zombie brain slime! Go for monochrome with black, white, or black and white.

black and white table setting

elegant halloween table setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black is Gothic, white is eerie and ethereal, and the two together always look stunning, providing a dash of vintage glamour. The table on the right is very simple, with just empty bottles for candlesticks. To create the look, use as many bottles as you can find of different heights.

Eclectic Living Room by St. John’s Interior Designers & Decorators Seaside Interiors
Here’s another example of how a simple black and white arrangement keeps all the Halloween elements (spider, pumpkin, bat, and boo!) but still looks chic. You probably already have some black and white decor items around the home… just pull them all together in one display.

Elegant halloween batmobileHow about this for a different type of bat-mobile? It’s very easy to make with a branch and card, using the bat templates and instructions by clever Martha Stewart. Hanging in a window, it adds a traditional but still elegant Halloween touch to your home.

I love the nostalgic vintage appeal of this spooky wreath! Make it with some twisted vines draped with white net fabric and old-fashioned Halloween ornaments and sepia photographs. Paint Boo! onto a piece of scrap wood for the finishing touch.

You can even add black and white to the traditional orange pumpkin to make it a bit different. Paint a pumpkin with a circle of chalkboard paint and then let your inner Picasso out! For a Halloween party, it would be fun to have the pumpkins painted with the black, and then give your guests a piece of chalk to create their own fantasy face.

blackberry-mr-hyde-cocktail-elegant-halloweenFor an elegant Halloween cocktail, this blackberry infused Mr. Hyde Potion is perfect for dark and mysterious strangers. It’s not exactly black and white, but it’s near enough. The Mr. Hyde Potion cocktail mixes vodka with parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and tarragon and lavender syrups. Wow. You can get the recipe from HGTV. Serve the cocktail (or any cocktail) in an apothecary style jar to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Or, for a bit more color, you could play Dracula and mix up a Bloody Mary to sink your fangs into. My Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe is always a monster hit!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these elegant black and white Halloween decor ideas I scared up for you! If you have any more to share, let us know. You can post your photos on our Facebook page too.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors for Traditional Style

Painted wood floors add such a lot of character to a home and a traditional checkerboard painted design can be a very effective way to cheer up worn wood floors.

Recently I mentioned that we were invited to join the Houzz marketplace. (We’re at EuroLuxHome on Houzz.) This means I’ve been spending a lot more time on Houzz answering customer questions, so I get to see all  the great home decor photos flying by on the screen!  Some of my recent favorites show how a checkerboard painted design on a wood floor gives a room an instant facelift. Doesn’t this neutral checkerboard design in a traditional bathroom look fresh and elegant?

Although painted wood floors might seem like a modern idea, they are actually a traditional choice. Painted floors featuring decorative patterns were popular in American homes by the late 1700s. Often they replicated tile designs, and the black and white painted checkerboard pattern remains a classic choice for painted wood floors. But you don’t have to stick to black and white and neutrals.

This smart red and green painted checkerboard floor adds a little color to the mix! The floor is in a restored 1850 plantation house in Texas. The bold colors might be slightly strong for a living room, but they are a good choice for a hallway like this as they create a sense of energy and movement as you travel between rooms.

This Charleston, SC, room is gloriously inviting! Notice how the softly distressed blue and honey-colored checkerboard pattern painted on the floor doesn’t go right up to the edges. The plain border around the edge gives the illusion of an area rug. The border also creates a breathing space for the eye – a brief transition before you pass into another room with a different floor design. Also notice the real Palmetto Trees in the bookcases! Crazy, huh?

If you don’t want to paint your floors, try a wood stain instead. This splendid entryway in Philadelphia has a diamond or checkerboard floor pattern, but in more subtle wood tones. The painted checkerboard floor look works for every style of traditional home and for modern homes too. If you want to try it for yourself, this helpful Houzz tutorial on How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors should get you started.

This Old House also has a detailed How to Paint a Floor tutorial with specific instructions for a painted checkerboard floor design.

I’ve got some more ideas to share for painted wood floor designs that are just as beautiful and just as classic as the checkerboard design, but that is for another blog post! If you have a checkerboard painted wood floor, please tell us about or (or even share a photo!)

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Halloween!

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, Greg and I been looking at some of our vintage Halloween costumes from our childhoods! I’ve also been checking out free pumpkin carving stencils to share with you and some fun photos of dogs in Halloween costume.

Vintage Halloween costumeI had to go over to my mom’s house to dig these vintage Halloween photos up. Mom and I had a great time flipping through old photo albums to find some from when I was a kid. Yep, that little girl is me! For my very first Halloween costume I was a bunny rabbit, but I refused to wear the mask. My mom, Linda, is modeling it in her vintage 1970s dungarees. ;) We’re scary, huh?

Vintage Halloween ballerina costumeOf course every little girl wants to be a ballerina, and, believe it or not, I still have that tutu in a box somewhere because I loved it so much as a child. That’s my younger brother, Rob, next to me as a tiger.
Vintage Halloween kimono

 

My dad traveled to Japan for business and brought me back this beautiful, bright red kimono that I loved! I wore it all the time – not just for Halloween. I wish I still had it, but I haven’t seen it in many years – I’ll have to ask my mom if she still has it.

 

Vintage Halloween photo

Then we asked Greg’s mom Kathy for some photos. Kathy is our Mrs Fixit who handles all our restorations. (See her tips on how to fix broken ceramics.)  Kathy knew right where her Halloween photos were. Kathy actually made that cheetah costume that Greg is wearing and his sister Laura wore it too. He was obviously a very cool and laid-back cheetah!

 

Vintage Halloween Vampire photo

 

 

Of course, as Greg got older, a scary vampire costume was his preferred choice. I think young Greg looks pretty dashing in that black satin cape. Maybe we’ll have to track down a cape for him this year!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Halloween PumpkinI found some great free pumpkin stencils at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Download the printable stencils to help you carve some really cool pumpkin designs. Decorate your home with a traditional Jack-O’-Lantern, or get a little craftier with flame designs, a howling wolf, or templates of cats and dogs. I spotted a chic fleur-de-lis pattern that will appeal to fans of antique French furniture. Log on to the magazine’s website, then prick out the stencil shape with a pin on your pumpkin. You’re ready to carve!

We don’t celebrate Halloween in any big way, although we usually watch a scary movie to mark the occasion. I don’t dress up my pets – with eight cats and dogs I’d have to start planning the costumes in July! And no doubt our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy would vie for who had the most dramatic costume. Both cats have such big personalities.

But I did just see this funny link to pugs in Halloween costume. As they say on that photo gallery: Halloween was MADE for pugs! My favorite is the Pugtato. The Lord of the Pugs – taking off Gandalf in Lord of the Rings – is hilariously convincing too!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierIf you’re looking for some vintage Halloween lighting to help set the mood, my recent post on Gothic chandeliers and other light fixtures might provide inspiration. It’s too late for us to deliver these beauties to you by Halloween 2013, but these romantic and dramatic lights add character and Old World atmosphere to a home all year round.

Wishing you a wonderful vintage Halloween, however you celebrate! Do tell us your plans in the comment box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.