Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

To keep things fun I've tapped a couple of friends - Julia Black and Jenn Hannotte - to contribute their views on design too. Enjoy!


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Ask Arren > Painting hardwood?

Hello Arren!

Thanks for the advice re: my grey/gray carpet...we took your suggestion for a greyed neutral and it's lovely and cozy!

Now....we had planned to refinish the hardwood on the main floor before moving in, but timelines were too short. So our maple floors have seen better days and the originally golden finish has, over time, become what I lovingly refer to as "tangerine". I do love tangerines, but not on my floor.

Refinishing would require us to basically move out of our house for 7-10 days, which is not an option. Covering with floating laminate costs more than refinishing (and a part of me hates to cover perfectly good wood that's just the wrong colour). What do you think of painting hardwood, either with an opaque or a thinned down paint to show some grain? Or should I go with the laminate for now?

p.s. our home has a very light/airy/cottagey/beachy vibe

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon T

Hi Shannon T, So glad the carpet suggestion worked out for you! YES!!! Absolutely paint your floors!!! I think it would give your home a gorgeous beachy/Swedish cottage vibe. And, while I understand you might want to thin down the paint to show more grain, the problem with that is watering down any paint also cuts down on washability and durability over the long term. I would go full-strength, and look for a white that works for you (out of the can might be far too bright). In the last post I recommended Farroiw & Ball floor paint, and here I go again recommending it for you! Check it out, they have lots of luvverly shades of white!

Cheers, Arren

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArren