The carpet runner over the oak flooring in our central hallway has definitely been showing some signs of age; even carpet gets wrinkles! Refinishing the floors (the same flooring flows from the hallway into most of the adjoining rooms) is definitely not in the budget nor practical from a time management standpoint so it is time to get creative.
Next, layout the design. I have used a chalk pencil to draw my design right on the floor. This way I could see it in place and easily wipe away marks to revise areas as desired. This also allows me to plan from the center but begin painting at one end and still have the design work out.
Floor & porch paint should be used as it is much more durable than wall paint. I have chosen white because the finish I am using as a topcoat has a slight amber hue, which will add warmth as if I had used a cream color paint. I am using a clear topcoat because of the natural wood areas. If you paint the floor a solid color then detail with a contrasting color no topcoat is required over the floor & porch paint.
Plan your direction! You don't want to paint yourself into a corner then have to tiptoe through the design. You may also need to strategically paint the floor in sections or create bridges using planks if you must have access through the area.
With the high contrast of the white against the oak the blemished areas recede into the background causing the eye to focus on the decorative elements.