Floors 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Shabby, drab floors are out-of-date.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
Floor features blue and green squares with black and white inlays (1953)
A checkerboard-style pattern with 5 different asphalt tile colors for a kitchen/family room in the ’50s
1950s bedroom flooring with quilt-like red and white floor pattern with bonus stars
Floors from 1950s homes: Black and white checkerboard floor in dining room
Brown and beige striped flooring decor in a kitchen from the early 1950s, featuring a right angle design
See 110 vintage ’50s house plans used to build millions of mid-century homes that we still live in today
Unique and colorful green and blue striped family room floors from 1957
Kentile vinyl asbestos tile of blue Cotillion, green Bazaar and white Operetta.
Flooring from the fifties: Black and white metallic vinyl tile (1959)
Floors from 1950s homes: Retro kitchen with yellow and blue vinyl Kenroyal floor tile (1956)
Colors shown are Capri Blue and White Tweed with feature strip
Shiny teal green floor with white stripes (1958)
Chocolate brown and beige patterned retro flooring for a kitchen/family room
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Floors from 1950s homes: Get the most for your money (1952)
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Narrow striped kitchen flooring in brown and yellow
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