A stencil pattern can be a great look for your floor - it takes a long time to do but creates a unique result which is well worth the effort
1. Start off by cleaning your floor, ensuring it's free of dirt and frame. If you have wooden floorboards, sand them before you start cleaning. Then mask off the surrounding walls to ensure you don't get paint on them.
2. Paint a base coal to begin with, using a floor paint for wooden boards and a chalk paint for concrete floors. For floorboards, paint on a few coats of paint, sanding in between layers. Then let it dry for a day or so before you start your stencilling.
3. Pick a stencil (a good place to start looking is stencil-library.co.uk) and, starting from the centre of the room, map out the rows. Choose a floor paint in a contrasting colour, securing the stencil on the floor with painter's tape, and filling in the design with a small, slightly loaded paintbrush using a firm swirling motion.
4. Leave this to dry - for floors that get well-used like in kitchens or hallways, try using a sealant on top to protect it from getting damaged too quickly.
Tips courtesy of Laurie Davidson / photo by Jamie Mason