Floors must contribute a share of color in today’s home (1950)
Shabby, drab floors are out-of-date. In today’s home, floors must contribute their share of color and design.
A floor can even help to furnish a room, as in an entrance hall of limited size. For free flow of traffic here, furniture must be kept at a minimum. To avoid a barren look, make the floor count.
With two shades of asphalt tile, make up a light-and-dark checker-board pattern. Use two colors that harmonize with the hallway walls and furnishings. The checkered floor will make the hallway appear “furnished” with very little furniture.
A furnished, look can also be achieved with a floor pattern of stripes — either laid parallel with the walls, or diagonal stripes. David E. Kennedy, famous flooring authority, suggests narrow stripes in a narrow hallway, wider diagonal stripes in a slightly larger room, such as kitchen or bedroom.
The wide color range of tile flooring enables one to develop any color combination, such as salmon-pink with brown stripe; powder blue with red; pine green with ivory.
Floors from 1950s homes: Suggest a color scheme
A small bedroom with maple furniture takes on new life with a powder blue and red floor. In a living room with blond or natural finish furniture in modern design, a green and ivory floor will be right.
In an Early American room with old pine furnishings, the effect of old wide plank random-length flooring can be created with beige and brown tiles.
If the dining room area is a part of the living room, the two can be divided smartly either by using one asphalt tile pattern and color in the living room, and a contrasting one in the dining area, or by using the same pattern and color in both, separating the two with a broad stripe.
By choosing a floor carefully, small rooms can be made to appear larger; large rooms can be brought down to size. Warm colors make a cold room inviting; cool colors “cool off” a warm room.
Light-colored furniture can be brought into focus against a dark floor; dark, bulky furniture can be lightened up with a light-colored floor.
Floors from 1950s homes: Spruce up your floors for spring (1956)
Blue and yellow tile patterns on the floor — and a gold-rimmed retro TV set behind folding doors
Bright striped retro flooring in pink, white and black for a modern kitchen and dining area
Floor features blue and green squares with black and white inlays (1953)
Floors from 1950s homes: Get the most for your money (1952)
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