painted wood floors were in widespread use in American homes by the late 1700s. Popular colors included white , yellow , red , and green. But it wasn’t just about aesthetics—paint also helped protect the wide-plank pine floors of the time.
After taking a backseat to carpet and clear coats for decades , painted floors are now making a comeback , in both historic and contemporary homes. John Lahey, founder of Fine Paints of Europe, is a big fan. Painted floors “are dear to my heart ,” he says.