This past weekend I attended a vintage event in Toronto at the gorgeous and historic, Todmorden Mills. On site they have an adorable 1940s cottage with the most amazing original flooring from the 40s in their kitchen. The flooring was linoleum and just look at the pattern….wow! So wow that when I posted it on Instagram the ‘Vintage Gal‘ commented that it would be a fantastic pattern for an outfit and I00% have to agree with her!
I will be honest I did not truly realize how colourful and fantastic 1940s flooring was (I think I was distracted by all the other items to look at in images), and this discovery intrigued me to see what other designs were out there. So Friends….
Why Linoleum? Well very simply it was known for being clatterproof, easy to clean, and resistant to stain. So ideal for a room in the house like the kitchen.
Example of Designs:
1939 Geometric linoleum patterns.
1941 featured abstract shapes with stars in muted colours. On side note, why does the kitchen look like it should be outside?
1945-Green’s in every shade!
Can’t make up your mind on which floor style to go with? Why not go with 2 of them?
When you have pink polka dots as a design element, then your linoleum floor 100% needs to be less flashy.
In 1945 the below colour scheme of Burgundy, Grey and Gold was considered a big departure from the old ways of doing things.
This kitchen in 1949 with this fun floor could have been yours for only $50 (a lot of money back then).
The Linoleum floor in this kitchen is my absolute favorite. It really is darling, don’t you agree? This kitchen reminds me of the movie Dumbo and the pink elephants for some reason.
Which style to choose?
Linoleum was not regulated to only the kitchen. It was also found in other places in the home, like the bedroom.
And the washroom as seen in the most adorable space ever! I love the “designated” areas for each of the family’s items.
Green was a very popular colour during the 40s (1941 Washroom).
Phew, that was a lot of colour, patterns and green going on in these rooms (why so much green?). Did you have a favorite style of linoleum from this post or from your vintage travels?
Lastly if you have not checked the website ‘Retro Renovation’ you really should. There are tons of great ideas on how to return your home into a mid-century masterpiece. Especially the piece on 1940s decor which was a great help for this post today.