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Epoxy floor paint makes it easy to personalize and protect virtually any surface, and this versatility encourages creativity. Don't be afraid to get creative with a design that will make your space stand out. The distinctive black-and-white checkerboard floor is one famous example of an eye-catching epoxy paint design, but it's just one of many possibilities.
Your options for floor paint designs are virtually infinite, but sometimes a simple repeating pattern is the most effective way to improve your space. Checkerboard floors are associated with diners, kitchens and garages. These high-traffic spaces see plenty of spills and foot traffic and epoxy floor paint makes maintenance easy while giving the floor more character and dimension.
However, you may want something more sophisticated. The only difference between a plain checkerboard floor and a repeating swirl of overlapping circles is the size and shape of each individual section of color. Some patterns are more complex than others, but uniform repetition is the most important element. You can create your own floor pattern with any combination of solid colors and you may even add decorative fleck, swirling effects or playful graphics.
You'll just need a few essential tools to make sure the pattern is symmetrical and uniform. Invest in a heavy-duty painting tape to keep each color separate and to prevent bleeding. Also use measuring tape to take precise measurements throughout the process. You'll start with a coat of floor paint that covers the entire surface. Next, use tape to protect the sections that will remain that color. You may tape down identical copies of a pre-measured template, such as a rectangle or half-circle, or use the tape itself to create stripes and protect the borders of larger sections.
Epoxy patterns are also perfect for patios, pool decks, and other outdoor floors that are usually paved with porous stones, wood beams or tiles. Epoxy allows you to simulate the appearance of these surfaces without laying individual pieces or to enhance and protect their appearance with a natural design. Non-slip, water-based sealers and acid stains ensure that your floor will still weather the elements and resist wear and tear, and they also add an eye-catching finish that enhances the colors of your epoxy floor paint.
If you want your outdoor floor to maintain a natural appearance that complements its surroundings, you actually have more creative freedom. Marble, stone, wood, and other natural materials are full of "imperfections" and unique textures that don't keep repeating. Take advantage of this by combining different colors or decorative fleck, and by using different techniques to spread the paint throughout the surface. For example, if you tape a stone or concrete surface into multiple rectangular sections, you don't have to worry about creating the exact same marbling effect in each section.