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17 fabulous examples of fun & fashionable flooring from the fifties

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15 fabulous examples of fun and fashionable flooring from the fifties

Flooring from the fifties: New ideas in linoleum floors (1954)

This spring, the whole house has found a fresh and functional fashion in hard surface floors.

Easy upkeep materials from the kitchen and the nursery, like linoleum, vinyl and cork, have appeared in sophisticated new colorings and patterns that make handsome floors for modern or traditional settings.

Fifties floors from 1955 (2)

Many of these come in square tile shapes, making them easy to install yourself, although yard goods and complex tile arrangements are still best left to professionals.

The creative possibilities of tile designs are unlimited, and can be adapted to elegant or informal tastes.

Bold stripes, oversize checkerboard squares, or random arrangements can be used to give small rooms an open look, set apart the dining area from the living space, or concentrate decorative interest.

Vintage floor tile from 1957

Since each kind of flooring material is designed to perform certain jobs well, a wise selection depends as much upon the location of the floor to be covered and the kind of wear it will receive as upon decorative appeal or price.

The latest linoleums provide a restful backdrop of quiet pattern that suits every kind of room. Texture, this year‘s fashion keynote, appears in a new linoleum that combines a warm, three-dimensional look with a smooth, easy-care surface.

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A practical feature is a pattern that goes all the way through to the backing, so that heavy traffic spots in kitchens and entrances always match the rest of the floor.

Bright shades, sturdy wear, and maintenance ease, are offered by vinyl, newest comer to the flooring family. A perfect choice for kitchens because it never stains with grease, acids or alkalis, its non-porous soil-shedding surface is a homemaking help anywhere.

Vinyl tiles can be found in dignified marbles, interesting rope-twist and crystal designs. New beige and brown colorings, often accented with white or pumpkin, make these a good starting point for fashionable wood-toned room schemes. – Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) – April 11, 1954

Flooring with stars from 1955


Flooring from the fifties: The modern fashion in floors (1955)

They must have realized that in this photo, the floor is not likely to be what most draws the viewer’s attention. First, there’s that enormous fireplace/oven area, which is connected to one of the world’s tiniest kitchens. (And we can’t forget a little nod to the retro fan hood over the stove portion.)

Here’s the pitch on this one. “One of the most delightful things about most new homes today is their look of spaciousness. Eliminating partitions, letting rooms flow into each other, using one big expanse of color on the floor — all help make houses look much larger than they actually are. In this trend toward open planning, more and more people are choosing floors of Armstrong’s Linoleum.”

Fifties floors from 1955 (1)


Vinyl flooring from 1958 in a bathroom featuring a sunken tub

Vinyl flooring from 1958 in a bathroom featuring a sunken tub

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Flooring from the fifties: Striped vintage floor for the bathroom (1956)

Striped vintage floor for the bathroom from 1956


Flooring from the fifties: Black and white metallic vinyl tile (1959)

Vinyl floors for the home from 1959 - Black and white metallic vinyl tile


For a care-free room (1950)

The super-popular floor in the ’50s — grey & white marbled neutral style. Apparently, it would work with any color of kitchen decor.

“New vinyl plastic-coated floor and wall coverings. If you’ve dreamed of a kitchen — or bath or nursery — that will stay gay, sparkling, and fresh as the day it was finished, then cover your floors with Sandran, your walls with Sandura-Wall from Montgomery Ward.”

Retro fifties flooring - Kitchen in blue in gray from 1950


Flooring from the fifties: This room is even tinier than it looks (1957)

“The right floor design can make a room seem longer or wider. The room… was made to seem bigger than it is by clever decorating with Armstrong Excelon Tile…”

Flooring from the fifties: This room is even tinier than it looks

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Flooring from fifties: The “I Love Lucy” bedroom! (1953)

Take a flooring tip from the “I Love Lucy” bedroom! When Lucy told Ricky their home could be beautified from the floor up — he looked interested. The windup was the “I Love Lucy home.”

See the ultimate in linoleum — Master Linoleum — now, a 3-dimension textured look! At last — the effect sought in linoleum for decades… a look of three-dimension, textured charm.

Flooring from fifties: I Love Lucy bedroom linoleum flooring for the home


A green square tile floor gets a boost of flair with inlaid cirlces in a different color

“Delightfully ingenius and so refreshing! This charming stepping stone floor…”

1958 vinyl asbestos tile from Kentile - green with inlaid beige circles


Flooring from the fifties: Traditional jade green striped linoleum floor tiles get a yellow geometric inlay

Retro kitchens with 1950s flooring from 1952 (1)


Here’s a classic version of the super-popular kitchen color scheme: Red with white lino tile border, and white with red tile on the inside

Flooring from fifties: Retro kitchens with red and white floor


Flooring from the fifties: Custom pink, black and white floor design made with inlaid marbled tile

Pink white black retro flooring from the 1950s

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Now! Terraflex vinyl asbestos in beautiful Terrazzo colors!

Terraflex Tile and this new J-M Design Book are all you need to create a beautiful floor of your own design.

You can choose from the 10 exciting new Terrace Terrazzo colors shown here, or from 27 other Terraflex colors — rich cork type, gay spatter and marbleized tile. The book tells you how Terraflex defies grease and dirt, stays first-day fresh, with only a damp mopping to keep it spick and span.

Vintage Terraflex vinyl asbestos tile in terrazzo colors (1959)


Now! A no-scrub floor for every room in your house

Vintage Terraflex vinyl asbestos tile in terrazzo colors (1958)

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