Stylish outdoor living calls for fresh thinking, and Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, knows just where to focus when a front porch, a screened porch, or a sunroom is at play. “Since more thought is going into furnishings and accessories,” he says, “why not look to the floor as a surface that can be treated decoratively too?”
Carter, the mastermind behind these porch-floor designs, says keys to a great paint job include dry, pollen-free weather; paints and stains geared for use on floors; and a soft color palette.
Take the Colorful Carpet design here: Warm gray is the backdrop for a modern chain-link design filled with patches of pale orange, blue, and green. Carter used a single template and worked freehand—and, yes, his legs did get sore. “Be sure, each time you sit, to switch them from one side to the other,” he says.
Porch enamel and a paper template turned a plain concrete slab into a colorful carpet. Here's how it was done.