illustration of a woman on her knees with a sponge and bucket cleaning the floor while friends stare awkwardly
Illustration: Zohar Lazar
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6. White Floors Highlight Every Speck of Dirt

"My old wood floors needed a new look, so I painted them glossy white, and now they are so beautiful they could appear in a magazine spread. But minutes after friends walk in, I feel a need to mop."

How to cope: Ask visitors to park their shoes at the door to keep out dirt and allergens.

Next time: Opt for a more muted (read: less demanding) effect by color-washing the floor with diluted white paint. You could top it if you like with a stenciled pattern, also in a muted, diluted color. There are entire books devoted to the art—Decorative Floors in a Weekend, anyone?
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