Expressions on a floor

My son is being shifted into the tiny room upstairs that used to be my home office. Decoratively speaking it’s the lost room. I’ve never done anything with it other than painting the walls white and adding a plywood tiled floor to replace the old carpet – a very budget-friendly choice.

plywood floor tiles | Decorating ideas for floors | My Friend's House

Also a very boring choice. But, I’ve discovered those floor tiles can be painted! Want to see what I’m thinking of doing with a bit of black paint? No surprises it’s all about patterns.

The inspiration comes mostly from kids things, appropriately. Like the walls of Peter’s bedroom, in Ezra Jack Keats’ book The Snowy Day.

Ezra Jack Keats | The Snowy Day | Pattern decorating ideas | My Friend's House

So sweet – both kids have loved this book. Each shaped box on Peter’s wall is a rectangle, making it easy to copy onto my tiles. Or that’s the hope.

I’ve also been looking at our lovely toy blocks by Miller Goodman.

toy blocks | Pattern decorating ideas | My Friend's House

Again, nice easy shapes.

Typically, I’ve taken this obsession over to Pinterest where it’s hard to resist more complicated patterns. Like this by Tauba Auerbach. Tauba Auerbach | Pattern ideas for deocrating | My Friend's House

And this, an old record sleeve I think.

record sleeve pattern | Patterned flooring ideas | My Friend's House

I’m going to crack on with this in the next few weeks, so I promise a few real reveals along the way. The question is whether I need to embark on some intense stencil-making sessions before actually hitting the floor with a paint brush. Or whether to go freestyle.

I mean, how much do you reckon I can mess it up? Don’t answer that.

4 Responses to “Expressions on a floor”

  1. Melanie
    June 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Can’t wait to see it!

  2. Sheepskins Fairylights
    June 10, 2014 at 6:11 am #

    Brilliant idea! Good luck 🙂

  3. Diane
    June 10, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    If you use stamps or stencils, you’ll get a really nice affect with the paint on to the ply – is it birch faced? And the good thing about both stamps and stencils, you can be quite random with the pattern and make it more intense where there is less furniture or less focused if you want to place a rug in that space. Then coat it with a decorator’s glaze and it’ll look fab for years!

  4. Donnie
    July 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh, this is my dilemma too (except mine’s bare boards). Do let me know what works.

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