Checkerboard floors: then and now (2023)

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What makes checkerboard tiles so attractive and versatile? Is it a combination of tradition and material development or a story hidden in a vintage tiled floor? There is much to explore beyond the popular photos of vintage tiles and their rich history. The blog will cover placement and specification tips, the history of tile making and of course lots of inspiration for vintage tiles and checkerboard patterns. If you are on the sidelines, you can become a fan.

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Questrel Stairs in the Palace of Versailles

Vintage tiles everywhere

You might consider marketing black and white tiles in a classic checkerboard pattern as a vintage or nostalgic design. Nevertheless, the true origins of the checkerboard pattern have been extensively researched. A quick look around the internet reveals that the first checkerboard pattern was not produced by the floor, but by the paint. Here are some interesting things.

  • Ancient Egyptian Temples - Who would have thought that the chessboard existed before Cleopatra? check it outornamental teglaOnce upon a time during a dynasty.
  • Masonic House - A black and white checkerboard pattern appears where initiation ceremonies are held and is described as a symbol of good and evil in human life.
  • The "Queen's Staircase" in Versailles - The famous staircase was decorated by the infamous 17th century French painter Charles Le Brun. Given its detailed history, it is not surprising that the Palace of Versailles was decorated with this motif in many places. The famous staircase is just one of the many square areas of the Renaissance.
  • Victorian - Hallways, foyers and more Exciting plaid patterns, use color and careful placement to create stunning floors in welcoming spaces.

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Scale of our antique marble 10x10 from Lauren LiesshighThe collection forms the basis of a typical summer house. Its vintage tile charm is organic, with hand-crafted aged edges and finishes.

What design style is the checkerboard pattern?

It actually goes well with any design style. Ten years ago I thought they were too dressy, formal and flashy for me. I couldn't understand the madness of Mckenzie Child, that is, until I worked with a client on a neutral, soft cream and medium gray 8x8 ceramic floor in their beautiful home. That's when I fell in love with the idea and started stepping out of my comfort zone with shades, patterns and tile shapes. I still hunt these charming Mckenzie Child's todaypolitely inspecting the pumpkinsAnd one day I will get them.

Soft checkerboard pattern

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Minimalist checkerboard pattern

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Hipster and fun!

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Whether you're looking for a subdued aesthetic or a bold one, this duo has endless possibilities. Have you heard of dark school or whimsical minimalist design styles? How did these design styles come about? As it turns out, the Addams had something to do with it. Images of deep jewel tones and checkerboard patterns fill the whimsical Maximalist for Every Décor Facebook group, and it's worth noting that you don't have to be royal blood like the Addamses to enjoy it at home.

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American checkerboard tile

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It's no secret that checkerboard floors became popular in residential kitchens in the 1920s, and why. In the 1920s, ceramic tiles began to be produced in large industrial complexes. Then the paper mosaic was also invented, so that it was no longer necessary to manually insert individual parts of the mosaic.

Decades passed, and in the 1950s, tile gave way to vinyl and plastic laminate due to cost and workability during the post-war housing boom. Of course, this didn't make the checkerboard disappear, but it did end up giving the industry an incentive to reduce asbestos emissions. By mid-century, vinyl checkerboards could be found in almost every restaurant in America. Checkerboard kitchens and dining rooms are more popular than ever.

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Joints and corrective tiles

Laying tiles with a checkerboard pattern has an outstanding feature that determines the overall impression - the size of the grouted joints. You will be surprised to know that porcelain that looks like marble with very small joints is actually brand new. The size of the joint dictates the overall design of the tile pattern decoration, and the replacement of marble with porcelain meant that the trend became more acceptable over time.

The corrective plate is defined by an additional step in the manufacturing process that mechanically grinds each side to achieve precise and consistent dimensions. The most desirable feature of orthotic tiles is the uniform size that allows the tiles to be installed in joints as small as 1/16".

Uncorrected tiles are known as "press" tiles with factory edges and vary slightly in size from lot to lot. Although not usually visible to the human eye - 3/8" joints are necessary due to minor changes in size, in part to properly align the tiles during installation. Smaller joints can cause the floor to warp at some point.

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palace collection

Up until about 1990, tiling in the US market was driven by pressed products, which meant larger grout joints were required. In the early to mid-1990s, Crossville began producing corrective tiles that allowed for the installation of smaller grout joints. One thing to note - the rectifiers are in a different factory, which means more resources are needed to produce them. This means that until the late 1990s or early 2000s, tile dealers across the United States likely did not have a large supply of corrective tiles available. Of course, Italy took much longer to produce tiles, so the US had a lot of imports even before that period.

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Crossville introduced its large format (weather appropriate) 8x8 pressed tiles at the show, the first produced in the United States. Can you imagine how many chess floors are laid with these tiles?

Today, in factories in the United States, ironing machines are often located in the same factory, reducing costs, but they are still more expensive than pressed tiles due to the additional steps, time and machinery required in the ironing process.

checkerboard in a business project

The tile industry has come a long way from the 4x4 tie in the Burger King bathroom. Today, tiles are available everywhere and are the most hygienic and durable material, which makes them the most suitable floor coverings for colleges and schools. Add a finish for even more slip resistance and you have countless opportunities to break the monotonous challenges that many institutions face. The checkerboard adds visual interest but still blends in with the background, while providing a learning environment that uses the healthiest materials possible. ourGlobalgrip seriesAvailable in a variety of options, it can be installed both indoors and outdoors, using soft and beautiful checkerboard tiles to connect your traditional study space with nature.

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installation requirements

Stop! Read this before installing checkerboard tiles!

Getting creative with a checkerboard pattern can be a risky venture. Now that you know a little about corrective plates, let's dive into more details.

First, let's do a quick recap of tiles. Straightening the tiles is a must if you want as few joints as possible. These tiles can have grouted joints no smaller than 1/16", but usually ⅛" is more suitable. Discuss with your installer which ones you can install. If you want a more storybook or natural feel, pressed porcelain or antique stone may be better for your project, with larger joints of 3/16" or larger. See the visual guide below to learn more about joint spacing for joints.

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Next, you need to understand calibration. Both tiles must be calibrated - which means they are the same size. This is the most important thing to be aware of. You cannot mix white 12x12 tiles from one plant with black 12x12 tiles from another plant.

Calibration = a sorting process that manufacturers can use to ensure that all tiles in a box are the same size. During the manufacturing process, the unfired tiles exit the press almost the same size, but the kiln firing process causes the tiles to shrink - perhaps at slightly different rates from tile to tile. Calibration allows manufacturers to sort tiles according to final size.

Read more about other important tiling terms on our websiteTiles 101.

Only the tile manufacturer can ensure that your two different tiles are the same caliber, so you must work closely with your dealer to ensure this important detail. Buying tile at a large home center can be difficult, since many tile boxes don't list this information, in which case there's no way to know if different tiles are compatible.

What happens if your two tiles are of different caliber? Think of it like a puzzle - each piece is just a small part. It might feel good at first, but by the time you're done, your surface will be fit for a playground.

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I discovered this floor during my recent adventures at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand. The tiles were most likely unglazed, and parts of the optical illusion were carefully cut out.

Digital printing - checkerboard with a marble look

The ceramic tile industry is constantly innovating, in design and form, from large slabs, thinner, thicker, through body veins, antibacterial and more. Print is by far the most transformative of these. From screen printing to rotary colors to digital printing techniques, tile designs and patterns have come a long way.

The number of sides on a tile can vary from one on basic tiles to more than thirty on advanced tiles. The industry doesn't usually make this information publicly available, but you can always ask a representative or seller if you have any questions. Digital printing entered the market at the beginning of the century and was perfected only around 2010.

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Digital printing brings the most realistic images and introduces a hybrid look to the market, adding texture and dimension. Most major factory-made tiles use this technique, but there are a few exceptions, such as deep, bright colors. The image to the left shows our Vision collection, which features a tricolor checkerboard pattern for a concrete look.

Take your current knowledge of straightening and digital printing, which means that up until the last decade or so, the most realistic tile patterns were widely available in American factories. Yes, I realize I've been out of here for a decade - but it took us about a decade to perfect the vein depth. Your porcelain that looks like marble may not be real, but actual pictures of real stone are, probably from Italy, but that topic could be another blog of its own!

Classic marble checkerboard - what you need to know

Marble and natural stone tiles make some of the most glamorous and timeless checkerboard floors. Despite the simplicity of the design, you need to have a fair amount of knowledge to avoid problems with the material and workplace during installation. Let's get down to some important details.

Thinset - White Gems should always have a white Thinset installed

Dimensions - The black and white marble tiles are clearly not from the same quarry - perhaps not even from the same country. This means you need to know if your two options will work together.Are they exactly the same size? Mixing sources can be difficult and you will have to work extra hard to find this information if you are browsing yourself, as only the factory or distributor can confirm that the tiles are consistent and compatible with the checkerboard pattern.

oursmatThe collections shown below are designed with this in mind, we've done the work for you to ensure all sizes work together, with hand-picked classic and muted stones to suit every aesthetic. It is wise to avoid buying two stone tiles from different stores unless you are sure they are identical.

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Thickness - ⅜" is the standard thickness for most stone tiles. However, it is important to know that some rarer stones can be thinner and laminated to another stone, making them thicker. I have seen thinner tiles on the market. Thin stone tiles, but there are few and far between. However, it is important to know that the thickness is the same for all the selected checkerboards. If they are different thicknesses, discuss this with your installer as more work will be required to get your floor level.

Edge - You learned early on that the term "orthotic" only refers to porcelain. This term does not apply to natural stone, but different terms must be understood.

  • Cut: Most natural gemstones have straight cut edges, which we call a custom cut. That's exactly what it sounds like.
  • Micro-faceted: Some gems have an extra step in the manufacturing process to create a micro-faceted edge. This slightly beveled angle adds dimension and interest, and some advertised products provide a softer landing for bare feet (think exaggerated bevels on door frames). When mixing stones, make sure that both have microphases or neither. The combination of the two is not ideal. A skilled installer can add a bevel on site for an additional fee as it is not a quick process. If your tile is polished, it will take several rounds of polishing to add a microbevel with the same finish.

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  • Rough, Chiseled, or Rustic Edges: Natural stone tiles with these old-fashioned edge finishes can be used with a checkerboard pattern, but require larger grout joints to accommodate irregular edges. Often these borders are paired with smaller tiles when used in a checkerboard pattern so that they are woven in as part of the character of the design. The larger tiles used in the checkerboard pattern do not require joins as part of the feature because the pattern already takes the focus.

Now that you have some knowledge about natural stone, you can have the smoothest installation by opting for a checkered stone design.

For more information about marble, read ourThe expert guide to marble.

A charming and unique checkerboard pattern

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Baishui Art CenterWhangarei, New Zealand

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There are many special checkerboard patterns in the world. Here are two of my favorites. this oneBaishui Art CenterWhangarei, New Zealand is a very special place, the quirky mosaic tiles will transport you to a magical time and space.

Earlier on this blog you saw a photo of Noble & Proper in Big Bear Lake, CA. Their website has a greatgallery, filled with beautiful checkerboard pattern tiles and a very special green and white checkerboard made up of underground tiles. Take care of the proper and tight spacing of the joints.

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No square tiles? No problem!

There are many patterns that are not technically a classic checkerboard pattern, but offer the same appeal through contrasting colors and shapes. Maybe we call them neighboring checkerboard fields.

  • Rectangular Check Patterns – These patterns aren't as popular, but don't be surprised if you start seeing 3x6, 3x12, or other popular neutral brick tiles on your walls. A 12x24 mounting offset can also create an interesting pattern as shown in the image belowgathering of souls.
  • Assemble larger checkerboard patterns - You can create larger patterns by dividing the square into 4, just like Noble & Proper did, as shown above.
  • Shapes - Certain shapes can give you a touch of style when you swap out their colors, like oursSeries PIETTA DONOVAN.It can give your tile design a wallpaper-like feel, without the vertical seams that drive you crazy!

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Left: our 12x24 offset patterngathering of souls.

Right: 3x5 cm mesh, hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in Polished Dolomite and Lagos Gold at Studio Line in New Ravenna.

Checkerboard patterns may seem like big design features on their own, but perhaps the most interesting thing about them is that they open up design possibilities, not limit them. For example, the following installation from a customer that we just installedk streetBlack and white tiles that fit perfectly with the pink door of the living room. Come to think of it, almost any color door looks good, although pink is very pretty.

Now that you are ready to purchase or specify a checkerboard floor, visit your local Architessa showroom or contact your sales representative to order samples of any of the collections featured in this blog. If you're looking for what you've been dreaming about in your head, don't hesitate. We are known to buy ceramic tiles for the most special installations you have ever set foot in.

Check out the Pinterest boards below for more checkerboard inspiration.

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Checkerboard floors: then and now (37)Julie Taury has thrived in the tile industry for two decades, working in a variety of roles from retail to product development. Her unique experience in the distribution, manufacturing, strategic sales and A&D industries has built an unparalleled skill set for navigating the unpredictable surprises of the ceramic tile industry. She is currently Chief Innovation Officer at Architessa, a pioneering remote company based in Auckland, New Zealand.


What year were checkered floors popular? ›

The history of the checkerboard floor can be dated all the way back to the ancient Egyptian temples and has been used over and over again in French country houses and 1950s American diners.

What era is checkerboard floor? ›

Checkerboard floors were present in 15th century European paintings and the design can be found in ancient artifacts, including Iranian ceramic vessels. Bronze Age pottery displayed the staggered square design in pieces from as early as 1500 BC. The design can even be found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Are checkerboard floors timeless? ›

Checkerboard Floors—A Timeless Classic That Will Never Go Out of Style | EyeSwoon.

When were black and white checkered floors popular? ›

Their history dates back to ancient Egypt; they were loved by the Romans; popular in Victorian entryways; and a staple of 1950s American diners. 'Usually in black and white, the versatility of this kind of floor means it can work well in almost any kind of space,' says Barry Cutchie, design director at BC Designs.

What decade is checkered in fashion? ›

The checkerboard pattern was introduced into fashion in the 1950s and 1960s and has been gracing the runways ever since. Many leading fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, have used this striking pattern and utilised the many colour options available.

What decade is checkered? ›

It's appeared in tiling and flags that date back to the 1600s before showing up in fashion in the 1950s and '60s, gracing the pages of Vogue and Glamour.

What was common 1950s flooring? ›

In addition to linoleum, wood floors were also incredibly popular in the 1950s. And, if you're currently renovating a 1950s home, you'll also know (thanks to lots of blood, sweat, and tears) that they were likely also covered up with carpet or other flooring materials in the intervening years.

What was typical 1960s flooring? ›

While linoleum was the resilient flooring of choice in the 1950s, many homeowners opted for low-maintenance vinyl in the 1960s. This new flooring option did not require regular waxing and included a cushion-like backing that reduced impact and made standing for long periods, such as in the kitchen, less tiring.

Is checkered print timeless? ›

Don't let its sudden popularity stop you from incorporating it into your home because the checkerboard pattern is as timeless as they come. It dates to the Greek and Roman empires and lines the halls of Versailles, the aisle of St.

What color floors never go out of style? ›

Neutral shades such as light brown, gray, and black are timeless classics that will look good for years to come.

What floor never goes out of style? ›

Hardwood Flooring

It's beautiful, it's durable, and it never goes out of style. Not to mention all of your friends, family, and neighbors aspire to have it, so you'll have your entire network envying your home's flooring design.

Are dark floors in style 2023? ›

It's not going to be the trendiest color on the color wheel, but it's timeless and enduring. You'll find mid-toned brown floors installed in homes from the early 1900s, all the way through modern new builds.

What floor covering was popular in the 70s? ›

What carpet was popular in the 70s? Shag carpets are the signature style of the era and the one floor covering that screams 1970's to most people, young and old. They had deep, plush piles and were often made of synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon.

What floors were popular in the 70s? ›

Overall, there were many different types of flooring that were used in the 70s. Carpet was the most common choice, but hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and terrazzo were also popular. There were also some more unique materials, like cork and bamboo, that could be found in some homes.

What was typical 1930s flooring? ›

Geometric ceramic tiles. As they are today, ceramic tiles were a common flooring choice in 1930s kitchens, but the tiles were typically small and arranged to create a mosaic pattern.

Is checkerboard out of style? ›

Is checkerboard going to stand up against the interior design trends of 2023? Scouring the new interior collections we're already seeing for fall and beyond, the answer is a resounding yes. However, the checkerboard trend we saw in 2022 is evolving, taking an interesting new direction.

Are checkerboard still in style? ›

Checkerboard Pattern Is The Celeb-Approved Trend To Wear All Spring. When it comes to fashion trends inspired by pop culture, some looks have a greater learning curve than others (we're looking at you, no pants trend).

Was checkered pattern popular in the 80s? ›

During its second wave in the late '70s, checkerboard clothes were prevalent among musicians and fans. If you were an '80s teen, you'll tie it to Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), the blitzed-out heart of 1982s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” an iconic wearer of checkerboard Vans.

Is checkerboard 90s? ›

A '90s favorite. It's time to go bold.

Why is checkerboard so popular? ›

Checkerboard is no doubt comforting not only because of its nostalgic heritage and repetitive nature, but also because of its low barrier to entry.

Are checks in fashion 2023? ›

“We are always looking for ways to bring more joy into our everyday lives as an antidote to the news. As a result, in 2023 we are turning to patterns as a failsafe and a fabulous way to achieve this. One of the biggest trends we're predicting this year is the arrival of quirky patterns of checks & stripes.

What flooring was popular in the 1940s? ›

1940's Flooring

Linoleum especially in bold geometric patterns, was new and exciting. This flooring material was strong and long lasting, making it an ideal choice. Despite needing a lot of regular maintenance to keep it looking shiny and clean, linoleum was available in a range of designs and bold colours.

What is the old square flooring called? ›

Parquet is the term for floors made of inlaid wood, arranged in a geometric pattern. The most common patterns are various riffs on square motifs, though more unconventional takes, like sunbursts or medallions, also count. The word "parquet" comes from the old French parchet, meaning a small compartment or enclosure.

What was the popular floor tile in the 1940s? ›

The famous checkerboard tile design began in the 1920s and remained highly popular throughout the 1940s. It would be common to see a checkerboard pattern in bathrooms and kitchens in the 1940s. This pattern could also be seen on floor designs throughout living rooms, basements and bedrooms.

What flooring was popular in the 1980s? ›

Vinyl Flooring Gains Popularity in the 1980s

“Vinyl kitchen floors were introduced into the market, which were installed in one solid sheet and replaced linoleum squares,” said Jennings. “These vinyl no-wax floors became popular because the prior generation of linoleum floors had to be waxed periodically.”

What year flooring has asbestos? ›

Asbestos tiling isn't as commonly used today as it once was. Yet, between the 1950s and 1980s, asbestos-containing flooring was hugely popular. Asbestos tile looks like regular tiles between 9”x9” and 18”x18” in size. Sometimes, dark discoloration appears after years.

What year did they stop putting asbestos in flooring? ›

If you are in North America, manufacturers stopped using asbestos in flooring products by 1986. In any case, if the older flooring is covered by a new layer of vinyl floor it poses no asbestos risk.

What is the checkered style called? ›

Gingham is a checkered pattern, usually white and a color. The stripes are horizontal and vertical, of the same color, placed over a white background. Below are just two of Mood's Gingham Fabric. Gingham is a malleable pattern, as it fits well in every season.

What color goes with checkerboard? ›

What Colors Go with Checkerboard Floors. In a kitchen, pair a black and white checkerboard floor with a bright red or golden yellow color on the walls to warm up the space. In a bathroom, go with an aqua or turquoise shade to brighten up a black and white floor.

What is the weird checkered pattern called? ›

Gingham Check

Gingham was originally a fabric made from cotton blend yarn, but the word has also become synonymous with its associated pattern. The gingham weaving process results in a monochrome check pattern against a white background.

What floor colors are in for 2023? ›

Neutral and Natural Colors:

The minimalist trend is still going strong and this applies to flooring too. Neutral tones like honey, cream, and white will be top choices in 2023. These colors will work well with almost any decor style.

What floor color looks the cleanest? ›

So, what flooring looks cleanest? Typically, lighter color woods show less dirt and dust. Dark floors can easily show dust, while lighter floors mask it.

What color floors sell house best? ›

Dark hardwood flooring is in style. It makes your home easier to sell and also boosts your home's resale value. Shows off the furniture in the room. Dark hardwood floors have a way of contrasting with lighter colored furnishings.

What is the best flooring for timeless look? ›

Marble is perhaps the most timeless wall and floor tile. Classic and elegant, this natural stone tile will elevate any space within your home. However, marble comes with a hefty price tag and requires special care throughout its lifespan. That's where marble-look tile comes in!

What is the most popular flooring right now? ›

Tile is the most obvious choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as it is naturally waterproof and fairly indestructible. Some tile trends include realistic stone or wood looks. New homes tend to include timeless looks like marble, limestone, or slate.

What is the best timeless color for flooring? ›

There are two classic and timeless colours that you should consider. Pale and medium brown. Basically, make sure there is no grey or taupe in the floors you're choosing. Which one you should choose, though, depends on the style of your home.

What is the most popular floor color? ›

What is the most popular floor color? It's unsurprising to us that the most popular color for floors is grey, and in particular, grey wood, like that shown above. Grey flooring is the ultimate neutral – easy to co-ordinate and color scheme around, dark enough not to show the dirt, and yet pale enough to reflect light.

What is new in flooring for 2023? ›

The Pull of Vintage

Translating the Trend to The Floor: Everything old is also new again for flooring trends in 2023 with laminate, luxury vinyl flooring, natural stone, and the rustic look of hardwood flooring designs giving off serious vintage vibes.

What is the most popular kitchen flooring for 2023? ›

A big kitchen flooring trend for 2023 is buff sandstone tiles - offering the ultimate neutral with soft pale wash tones and unique texture. Sandstone, like limestone, is a hardwearing and practical option ideal for kitchen tiles, the texture also provides grip underfoot.

What is the hardest wearing floor covering? ›

Concrete is the most durable indoor flooring. While concrete might not work for all areas of your home, it can be a worthy addition to certain spaces that will benefit from a moisture- and scratch-resistant flooring. Concrete floors are typically stained to order and can look quite lovely.

What is the oldest type of flooring? ›

The Ancient Egyptians were the first to use manufactured stone for construction. Some of the earliest instances of constructed stone floors appear in the pyramids. The fact that they still stand today are a testament to their durability and stability.

What was 70s interior design? ›

From upholstery and wall art to wallpaper and accent pillows, eye-catching prints and patterns are hallmarks of 70s interior design. Think funky geometric shapes, jungle prints, and psychedelic designs. These bold, playful prints are part of what's gaining traction in modern design.

Did 70s houses have hardwood floors? ›

1970's and 80's

Unfortunately, hardwood was not a trend, and you will most likely not find hardwood under your carpet in these homes. It should be noted that cork flooring is found in houses of all ages and can be refinished just like wood. It's not common, but we find it occasionally, mainly in dining areas.

What is the most classic wood floor? ›

Oak floors continue their dominance.

It takes a stain easily, it lasts for years, and it has the classic hardwood look that many buyers look for.

Why are floors uneven in old houses? ›

What Causes Uneven Floors? The term “uneven floors” is used to describe any floor surface that sags, bounces, buckles or slopes. As mentioned above, it's common to find slanted floors in a house more than 15 years old due to the home's foundation shifting over time.

What flooring was popular in the 1920s? ›

1920's Flooring

Flooring was grand in 1920's décor. Parquet flooring was common, as was black and white tiling - a look which nowadays, can be replicated with far superior materials such as LVT.

What flooring was popular in the 1900s? ›

Tongue and groove hardwood was the most popular kind of flooring in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1900s.

What did Victorian floors look like? ›

Most of the time, the floor was either painted, or covered. Painted floors were often stenciled with border or rug patterns. Coverings ranged from woven matting, somewhat similar to our modern day sisal rugs, to heavy canvas painted floorcloths, to a covering called drugget, or carpet.

Was checkered print popular in the 70s? ›

From being featured in movies, to band members wearing them on stage, to professional skaters, checkerboard Vans were everywhere in the late 70's and early 80's. For a while after, the checkerboard pattern fell off.

What flooring was popular in the 1960s? ›

1960's Flooring

Wooden floors in the 60s were often painted over in bold colours and strong varnishes to look as contemporary as possible. Vinyl flooring and LVT was also very popular for many homeowners in the 1960s as it was and still is a low-maintenance flooring choice.

What pattern was popular in the 90s? ›

Floral prints, polka dots, and stripes were all popular patterns. And, of course, plaid was huge in the 1990s. Whether you wore it as a shirt, a skirt, or even pants, plaid was always in style. It's no wonder that the 90s were such a fun and unique time for fashion.

What patterns were big in the 80s? ›

80s fashion included high-waisted trousers, printed blouses, bright head and wrist sweatbands, ankle boots, Members Only jackets, and polka dotted dresses. Women then preferred bold oversized clothing and paired outfits with big hoops, fanny packs, bandanas, chunky jewelry, and socks.

What were the big trends in the 70s? ›

Popular styles included bell bottom pants, frayed jeans, midi skirts, maxi dresses, tie-dye, peasant blouses, and ponchos. Some accessories that will help pull together your early '70s Hippie outfits are chokers, headbands, scarves, and jewelry made of wood, stones, feathers, and beads.

What patterns were popular in the 70s? ›

Plaids and stripes were especially popular and many had matching vests, often belted (Fig. 27). These elements were worn with brightly colored button-down shirts and sometimes with a matching jacket.

What is the most sought after flooring? ›

Tile. Tile is the most obvious choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as it is naturally waterproof and fairly indestructible. Some tile trends include realistic stone or wood looks.

What is #1 common flooring? ›

No. 1 Common Grade – Characterized by prominent color variation as well as prominent (but limited in size) character marks such as knots and open checks, as well as variations resulting from drying and machining processes. This grade results in a tasteful floor where prominent variation is to be expected.


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Name: Edmund Hettinger DC

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