Editor’s Wish List: Linoleum Floors
Senior design editor Stacey Smithers on why she thinks linoleum floors are making a comeback.
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about linoleum — really! My husband and I just bought a 1930s-1940s era home, and there’s vinyl flooring running throughout our kitchen, powder room and entryway that’s seen much better days. While tile is the obvious choice to replace it, I keep coming back to good old linoleum.
Because it’s so often confused with cheap vinyl floors, I think linoleum gets a musty, drab and generally bad rap. We’ve forgotten that, back in its heyday, linoleum was once considered a luxury material. It was even used in the ballroom of the Titanic (for all you odd decor fact-gatherers out there!).
Linoleum is also among the “greenest” options for flooring, since it’s made from all-natural materials: linseed oil, pine resins, recycled wood flour, cork dust, limestone and mineral pigments, all mounted on jute backing. Plus, it’s naturally antibacterial, biodegradable, soft underfoot and easy to clean. You can even cut it and inlay pieces to create all sorts of cool patterns. Sounds good to me!
Need some more convincing? Check out these inspiring installations…
Here are some of my favorite flooring resources if you’d like to give linoleum a spin yourself: