The answer to this question is really simple – when the floor is so bad that you really don’t have any other option. It of course has to suit the space. This look is perfect for a country cottage or a sunny attic. It’s not exactly suitable for a formal dining room or city loft.From all of the images I’ve seen of painted wood floors, I’ve always wanted to try it. I’ve just never found the right situation. I love the way it looks in pictures but actually living with painted floors (that are usually white), is a little high maintenance. You have to be okay with scartches and scuff marks that will come up with time, but I guess that just adds to the beauty of them.