Like the ground outside or the very principles of gravity, a floor is something we often take for granted. It’s solid, flat (hopefully), and covers the whole room…that’s pretty much all we need from it right? But after seeing countless home tours and renovations, it’s clear that floors are a huge part of what determines the look and feel of a room, for the very reason this it is such a huge continuous expanse. Browsing through our archive of Before & Afters, I came across so many wonderful transformations, from budget friendly paint jobs to full refinishes in wood and tile. I’ve rounded up the best of our floor makeovers, so you can see what a difference a floor makes, and find inspiration for you next floor renovation, no matter what your budget may be. Enjoy! —Kate
Images above: An old tiled floor gets refinished in high luxe walnut in this antique kitchen update.
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Images above: For this modern bungalow renovation, two creatives who work form home decided to open up and transform their space with bright white walls and gorgeous longleaf pine floors.
Images above: This dark paneled bathroom gets a luxurious transformation with floors and walls of beautiful marble tile.
Images above: If you have damaged or otherwise less than perfect floors and are on a tight budget, consider painting them with a dramatic eye-catching design like Carrie has done with this amazing painted pattern floor.
Images above: A floral explosion bathroom becomes a restful, spa-like sanctuary thanks to beautifully tiled floors, fresh white paint, and fun pops of color.
Images above: To create separate spaces and bring more light to her Atlanta loft, Margot built a simple modern platform and painted her floors a shiny light-reflecting white.
Images above: In a small bathroom redo like this one, investing in eye-catching tiles for your floors can provide more bang for your buck, instantly imbuing the space with a chic, eclectic feel.
Images above: A simple small kitchen gets an industrial chic facelift with eco-friendly cork flooring that warms and brightens the space.
Images above: Warm wood floors turn a dark, musty old living room into an organic, modern, and welcoming space.
Images above: Tile, gorgeous tile. An unassuming bathroom in this ground floor renovation gets a stunning makeover with allover cobalt blue penny tiles.
Images above: When you think of transforming your floors, don’t overlook the stairs! A pink ombre treatment turns a simple set of stairs into a bright, beautiful point of drama in this lovely home.