Monday, July 16, 2018

Decorating With White Painted Hardwood Floors

Depending on who you listen to, painted flooring is either hot or it's out. That is the problem with trends and why I am not an advocate of being a slave to them. I see why bright colored floors may fade in a short period of time, but I don't think that applies to painted white hardwood flooring. Painted white and whitewashed hardwood flooring is still popular because of the on going love affair with the Scandinavian look whether it be Gustavian, French Nordic, or modern Scandi interiors. These interiors are more about a lifestyle and less about decorating. So if this is a look that you like and being on the trend treadmill is of no importance to you, then by all means pull out the brushes and rollers. Paint your floors white, and enjoy them to the fullest.

The two antique homes that I have restored for myself both have had beautiful dark hardwood floors.While this is my preference, I do like a painted floor incorporated somewhere in the design of things. Painted hardwood floors have an appeal all their own and add an element of interest and surprise that breaks up the seriousness of the natural wood. It is much like the lovely antique painted furniture that is so pretty when mixed with pieces left natural.

I would never paint over a good wood floor just because I have experienced how difficult it is to sand, stain, and finish hardwood floors. But old houses usually have a room or two where the flooring isn't up to par which makes them ideal for painting. And painting them white is a lovely choice.

I hope the pictures I have gathered will inspire you to commit if you are toying with the idea of whitewashing or painting a floor white or in your home. 

Dawn Hill Antiques in New Preston, CT

I understand that since flooring is the foundation of the home most homeowners want something that is stylish but won't be dated in a few years. I think you are safe with white floors because those of us that like old world style genuinely WANT it to look dated. White painted hardwood floors are actually classic.Throughout the Gustavian period from 1772 through 1809, floors were painted white in an attempt to mimic Italian marble floors.

Since brighter, white painted floors will reflect more natural light than brown wood, painting them white also had an unexpected benefit...... the rooms appeared brighter which was a welcome change during those dark Swedish winters.

White painted hardwood floors, that are especially prominent in Scandinavian design, improve with age. A desired patina is achieved by foot traffic inevitably scuffing and wearing down the paint.

Wood flooring is a classic choice and I do love my 120 year old dark hardwood floors. However there will always be a place in the vintage home for white painted hardwood.

I painted a bedroom floor in an antique colonial home that I restored in the 80's and I have to admit painting a hardwood floor was a big decision for me. How would it hold up? Could I keep it clean? I had no problem at all.

Janet Parrella-van den Berg

Many designers say that the white painted floorboards of the Scandi look is waning as people realize how hard it is to keep it all looking so pristine. This is not suppose to be a pristine look so if you are looking for flawless and immaculate I would advise you to sit this one out.

I cleaned and mopped my painted floor just as I did my other dark hardwood spaces so it didn't matter to me one bit. Just depends on the look you want and the way you want your home to "feel".

Many say they are attracted to the gaps that show up more on a white painted hardwood floor.

I don't think I could go for all the hardwood floors in my home being painted white. I like the idea of limiting it to a single room or hall etc. White painted hardwood floors look great in this industrial vintage interior.

White painted floors will help a gloomy room or one that does not get much light feel brighter.

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If you have hardwood floors that need alot of work to restore, give them a quick makeover with white paint.

With heavy wear, over time, the paint will wear off revealing the wood tone beneath. Depending on your perspective, this can lead to a very attractive patina.

Small rooms like this cottage interior will feel bigger with white painted hardwood floors.

This interior exudes "farmhouse fresh" and the white painted hardwood floors play a huge part in creating that atmosphere.

Lovely French inspired interior with white painted  hardwood flooring.

I do think farmhouse, cottage, and vintage kitchens look good with white painted hardwood floors. This would be a messy place to have them though. You would need to have a mop handy!!

These white painted hardwood floors seem to bring on a relaxed feeling which is a huge part of their appeal.

They are also conducive for a cozy atmosphere.

I'm not sure I would be interested in painting my main entry hall hardwood floor white but an upstairs or small less formal hall would get a thumbs up.

Now this is gorgeous to me. I love the soft elegance of this space and would love to start filling it up with French and Scandinavian antiques.

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Lovely vintage vignette made even more perfect by white hardwood floors.

I adore the painted staircase in this image. We restored all the hardwood flooring in our home. However, the back stairs had been painted before so I elected to paint them again just to add some character and charm. I love them painted! They wind around just like these, it's uncanny! Mine are not white or I would show a picture.

Ralph Lauren

Even more traditional styled rooms can benefit from white painted floors.

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If you tire of white you can always change colors . Grays, soft greens, blues, aquas and even dark shades like black are pretty too. Another option is to stencil with a pattern.

If you like a lighter floor but don't want to paint, whitewash is always an option. Many people prefer the whitewashed look because you can still see some amount of wood grain.

Whitewashing your hardwood floors will create a softer and less dramatic look than hardwood that’s been painted white. White washing also shows off the grain and has a beautiful, natural look to it.

Be still my heart!! The Scandinavian style floor has become associated with a wider plank and a whitewashed finish that still has a strong natural feel. These floors are becoming more and more popular. The handpainted grisaille work on the wall makes this a stunning setting.


India Hicks

Painted white floors can go from country, to eclectic, 

to modern in no time. It is all in the way you execute them.

Eclectic kitchen with white painted hardwood flooring looks fresh and bright with the bold splash of color.

In or out, white hardwood floors are still lovely to look at, and it seems like there is something for everyone. Whether you choose to make yours weathered and worn, or glossy and varnished, you will be able to add a unique dimension and character to the interiors of your home. For a quick and powerful makeover give them a try!!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Decorating Your Home With Classical Lidded Garden Urns.......Inside And Out!

For an old world classical French air try adding architectural elegance to your garden, entrance, porch or patio, and by all means, your interiors. The perfect way to do it is 
 by incorporating a classical lidded urn into your decor. These weathered, or faux French limestone works of garden art have moved indoors and whether you use them atop pedestals, or in tabletop vignettes, the style is worthy of an old French estate.

While typically considered an urn these days, this is not what I am talking about. These planters have been brought indoors for sometime now.

No, I am talking about an actual lidded urn. 

like this......

....and this!!

The definition of an urn is a vaselike receptacle or vessel, often with a cover, that usually has a somewhat narrowed neck above a rounded body.This blog post's goal is to encourage you to rethink the classical garden urn and it's place INSIDE your home. Throughout history garden urns and planters, together with statuary, have been the most coveted free-standing garden ornaments. Utilized correctly, they can be used to beautifully define the spaces in your interiors as well.

I hope you enjoy the images of these beautiful lidded garden urns used in interiors,(as well as a few from the outdoors). Either way they will boost your curb and interior appeal tremendously.

Classical lidded garden urns are the most elegant decorative ornaments to be incorporated into gardens throughout history. An now they are a most stunning way to bring the outdoors in. This fabulous sunroom door is flanked by a matching pair.

Lidded garden urns have been used from early Greek and Italian gardens to formal English and French landscapes. By 1880, urns were more fanciful, with the sorts of Rococo embellishments such as cherubs, shells, and flowers. All the things that characterized flamboyant 18th-century French furniture.

In the early 18th century the spreading popularity of French-style formal gardens created a booming market for statuary, urns and vases. Even then it was on trend to bring them inside. You will see them in chateau and palace interiors.

You can find classical lidded garden urns made from several materials such as concrete, plaster, iron, wood and today's composites. There are also many shapes, sizes, ........

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..... and colors to choose from.

Randall Tysinger Antiques, High Point, NC

Tara Shaw

Inspired by ancient old world architecture, the classic lidded garden urns are designed with elegant detail that will definitely give your home a unique accent.

Kelly Wearstler's garden patio.

Of course we all know how fabulous these lidded urns look in gardens and outside entertainment areas.

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Classical lidded urns make grand and stunning focal points. Think outside the box and don't be so concerned about scale!!

French home of designer David Hare

This room could certainly use an extra large lidded garden urn but any size is a great addition!! They are perfection when used alongside tapestries and other old world design elements.

Lisa Farmer - Eye For Design

I love the vertical appeal of using a lidded garden urn because I like making ceilings look as tall as possible. When displayed on a pedestal or something similar the shape automatically pulls the eye upward. This lidded urn found at auction (and decorated for Christmas) is in one of my bathrooms and sits atop a cabinet that contains washcloths, soaps etc. It is big for this bath but I like decorating against scale. 

This Furlow Gatewood interior has elements of Gustavian with French Rococo and chairs which look to be Directoire. In the middle of all this is a wonderful lidded urn.

A classical lidded urn on display in a garden room will instantly give it a sophisticated appeal.

They certainly add a bit of history to your interiors, reminiscent of old European manors and estates.

I love how this classical lidded garden urn seems to float in the air when displayed on an acrylic pedestal. So chic.

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Yes, they are beautiful outdoors. However the textural old world beauty of the lidded garden urn is as elegant when brought inside.

Use other classical pieces alongside your lidded garden urn for a tone on tone vignette. This style vignette looks great in French, French Nordic, and Gustavian interiors where neutral creams and whites dominate.

Adding one to a tabletop display is sure to bring compliments.
Frank Babb Randolph

A lidded garden urn, tucked into a niche, is enjoying the spotlight in this lovely neutral space. I love the pop of melon.

You'll love the classic elegance and beauty these lidded garden urns bring to an interior. The wedding of stone accessories and crystal chandeliers can't be beaten!!

Suzanne Kasler

The weathered concrete lidded urns are lovely but metal ones also have strong appeal.

When you bring them indoors leave the chippy paint and weathered garden look!!

So many of the planters we see are urns that have lost their lids.

The beauty of the classical lidded garden urn accompanied by an elegant plinth makes a huge neo-classical statement in this dining room.

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Unique lidded urns in this interior by designer Tara Shaw.

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An elegantly designed urn will bring a European style to any home entrance.

There are many different styles of these lidded urns to choose from.


The same lidded urn that could accentuate your backyard living area can also complement your interior decor.

Gorgeous lidded garden urns as well as other interesting architectural objects.

Since lidded urns are decorative and time honored they seem to work well in every room of the house.

Hal Williamson

Greystone Mansion

If you want an antique, look for lidded garden urns at auctions, antique malls, Etsy, and architectural salvage sources. You can also find reproductions at home decor shops and on Etsy and Ebay. 

Brimming with antiques and architectural salvage, this is the home of Master plaster artist Peter Hone. No blog about classical lidded urns would be complete without taking a look at some of his.

Peter Hone Home photographed by

Timothy Corrigan

It is fun to remove the lids of these garden urns and use them as elegant vessels for indoor floral or greenery presentations.

Lisa Farmer - Eye For Design

I have a concrete urn in my living room that I remove the lid and fill with greenery at Christmas. You can see the top to the right of the urn behind the holly. I started buying garden pieces to bring inside years ago and have enjoyed this lidded urn for at least fifteen. I hope you find one for yourself!!

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