Grey Floorboards

white painted floorboards
White or grey painted floorboards create a chilled interior space

One of the strongest trends in hardwood flooring is grey floorboards. The neutral colour is a stunning blend of cool and contemporary. More and more homeowners are requesting this colour after sanding their floorboards.

Grey Painted Floorboards Pros and Cons

Grey floorboards are versatile and chic. Smokey grey tones pair well with most colour palettes. In addition, they can create calming spaces. Likewise, you can coordinate with materials used for countertops, cabinetry, or other types of flooring. Finally, your décor will standout against the refreshing crisp backdrop that grey floorboards offer.

The Good

Grey painted floorboards are an exciting alternative for homeowners. Firstly, painted floors require less sanding than floors prepared for staining and sealing. This can reduce your floor restoration budget. In addition, painted flooring can open up a smaller living space. For example, lighter painted floorboards reflect light and balance-out a smaller room with darker painted walls. So, if painted floorboards are so versatile and chic, why aren’t they more commonplace?

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Painting gives a contemporary edge to traditional Victorian floorboards

The Not So Good

…if you are a fan of things being perfect, this won’t work for you. The paint will chip in areas of high traffic and it will get marked as children drag chairs and toys about. But I don’t mind that. It all adds to the character of a space. In addition, in our kitchen, which is all stainless steel worktop and white cupboards, a bit of scuffed floor contrasts well with the high tech modernity of the units.

~ Mad About the House

Painted floors show signs of wear more readily than stained and sealed floors. Even with proper preparation and materials, expect grey floorboards to show some chipping and flaking over time. Is this a con? Depends on you. For some, the wearing of painted floors adds a desirable texture to an interior space. So, how can you paint your floors shabby chic?

Options for Grey Floorboards

Before diving into painting your floors, consider how they will work with your overall design. For instance, grey floors work well with a number of colour schemes, such as white and grey, dark blue and grey or a monochrome grey on grey. Used alongside contrasting earth tones and pops of bright colour, or within a muted pastel palette, decorating with grey can give great results.

A warm grey floor paired with pastel walls adds depth to a room and highlights attractive period skirting boards.

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Now, once you know how your grey floors fit within your design, make sure you know what kind of grey floorboards you’re going for. For instance, do you prefer a distressed look? Perhaps, you’re aiming for a Scandinavian white-washed grey. These are just two of the many ways you can ‘do’ grey floorboards. So, be clear about what you mean by grey painted floors so you can communicate this to shopkeepers (if going DIY) or floor sanders (if hiring pros).

How to Create Your Grey Floorboards

As with floor sanding in London, painting floorboards requires following a step-by-step process. By sticking to best practices, you’ll get the best results from painted floorboards. Changing the colour of your floorboards can be part of sanding and restoration. While grey floorboards may wear more quickly than stained floors, proper refurbishment can ensure a more durable finish.

The key is following four steps:

  • prepare
  • repair
  • sand
  • paint (and seal – optional)
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Well-prep’d floorboards give best results when painted

How to Paint Floors

First, clean and prepare your room. Before you begin, clear the room of all furniture, window coverings, lighting, books or other decor. This will make your work and clean-up much easier. Hoover-up any debris and ensure that there are no nails or sharp objects sticking up from the floorboards.

Second, make repairs. This is the time to replace rotted or damaged boards. Carefully remove unwanted boards, and replace with reclaimed wood that may match your existing boards better.

Next, sanding. Sanding floorboards prior to painting ensures full and even coverage. While it is unnecessary to sand as aggressively as for staining, it remains important to sand the surface well prior to painting.

Finally, use a floor paint. Choose your perfect shade of grey from a range of specially formulated floor paints. This ensures the best finish and durability for your floor. Moreover, you can apply a sealant over the floor paint for added toughness.

Grey Floorboards Essex

Considering updating your wooden floors to a sleek grey finish? You can DIY grey painted floorboards. Be warned, this is an ambitious project. Our expertise ensures you get the best results for your time and money. Because, really, how often do you want to clear your rooms, sand, paint and wait three days for it to dry? We’ll get it done right, the first time!

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