Published on April 20, 2020

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Lady Gaga is the latest celebrity trying to do her part amid the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend the Grammy-winning singer curated and hosted the One World: Together at Home concert, a televised event that featured a lineup of artists, from Billie Eilish to Elton John to Taylor Swift, in tribute to healthcare workers battling COVID-19. Gaga kicked it off with a rendition of “Smile,” which she sang from what looked to be her home music studio. And while there were plenty of standout performances throughout the day, Gaga’s color-blocked floor stole the show. 

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The beige surface is covered in a bevy of geometric shapes in vibrant shades of blue, green, orange, and pink. The arrangement might look haphazard, but there is symmetry at play: The fireplace and doorway are framed by rectangular forms, and the corners of the room are lined with triangles. Floors often get the short end of the stick when it comes to design, but Gaga’s funky display reminds us how easy it is to spruce up stone or hardwood with a lick of paint. 

The first step? Make a rough sketch of the silhouettes. Then stock up on supplies. When DIY-er Liz Kamarul covered a client’s attic floors in a similar graphic design, she used a different brush for every hue. Also, if you’re working with an area that gets a lot of foot traffic, use a product specifically made for porches and floors. Or for an ultra-durable finish, splurge on bold tiles. Designer Sarah Robinson created an ombré illusion by placing large yellow, pink, and burgundy slabs in a row. You won’t want to sweep this look under the rug. 

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