Suggestions needed to replace 1950's kitchen floor

by Judy
This is the original 1950's kitchen and we want to replace the floor but keep the 1950's feel. Not sure if we want just black and white because it might look too busy and start. Looking for ideas for floor colors and wall color as my husband does not like yellow. Not sure yet if we will replace the counters. Thank you very much for any ideas/suggestions you might have.
  7 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 08, 2018

    the 50’s were the birth of tecnocolor...just about any color goes. Pick a favorite color of yours and run with it

  • Vonda Bonnie Baker Vonda Bonnie Baker on Jun 08, 2018

    If the floor is in good shape , I would keep the floor and go total white on the walls trim and cupboards . Then get a few pieces of art etc. to pick up the floor colours being careful not to over do it.

    • Judy Judy on Jun 08, 2018

      Up close the floor is dingy and cracking and breaking. It needs waxing to stay shiny. Maybe we can keep the pattern and use black, red and white instead of yellow.

  • Cassondra Cassondra on Jun 08, 2018

    I think a checkered floor would be awesome! You could do black and white, grey and white or teal and white. When I think of 50's I think of subtle pastel and then a bright pop of color. So like teal wall paint or cabinets and then maybe a pop of red in the furniture or accents around the kitchen.

  • Lindsey Lindsey on Jun 08, 2018

    I think black and white check would be great

  • 16999903 16999903 on Jun 08, 2018

    I love it! ....but understand the maintenance issues. Definitely replace it with a similar look. Pinterest has lots of MCM ideas for floors. Search for a retro floor and then choose your color scheme. Keep in mind that you will most likely sell your house at some time in the future. Since flooring is a major expense and fairly permanent, stick with something classic or fairly neutral. You can't go wrong with black and white. Maybe use a hexagonal small tile with less black. If you do use white at all, use a neutral color grout like gray.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 08, 2018

    Those look like 9 in X 9 in linoleum tiles... which are notorious for containing asbestos.... IF you disturb it you will have to PAY to have professional remediation. Have it tested !

    Then... you can replace it with engineered hardwood, laminate, wide plank wood look vinyl,wood look tile, regular tile, or some of the new linoleum flooring.

    I have seen several of the DIY guys on TV do a checker board floor in larger format tile 16 X 16 for example... BUT the colors could be charcoal and gray rather than black and white... and there are some new ones that are octagons but lots bigger.... one good place to check out to see what is possible.... is a place called Floor and Decor... new stuff, good prices... go to a store or look online.. once you find the look you like... shop around.

  • William William on Jun 08, 2018

    One thing to consider. If the flooring is actually prior to 1978 it more likely has asbestos in it. They do have test kits for it. Another way to tell is if the tiles are stiff an measure 9" square they are asbestos. Do not mess with them. You can spread asbestos particles throughout the house. Only pros can remove them safely but very expensive. You can legally cover them up with other flooring. The EPA calls this "encapsulation".

    • Judy Judy on Jun 08, 2018

      Thank you, William, we will have the floor checked out. They are very stiff, and fortunately only one has broken off at one corner. Sounds like we will need to cover them up.