Flooring can help bring together the colour, style and ambience of a room and can also express individuality and personality. There have been some dramatic interior style changes over the decades with different colours and patterns going in and out of fashion and new materials being developed and used in the home.
Flooring experts, 1926 Wood Flooring, has put together some tops tips for recreating defining flooring through the ages:
The Edwardian era brought a breath of fresh air to the dark, heavy design of the Victorian period, with people opting for a lighter feminine style. There were lots of oriental influences in this decade, with bamboo furniture and oriental rugs becoming stylish. Oak floors and wooden block flooring was also popular with this look. If you have wooden floorboards, sand them back and varnish them with an oak varnish, this will give a warm feel to any room.
As well as wooden floors, red bricks or tiles were also common in Edwardian households. Tiles and bricks are great for kitchen areas or hallways as they are easy to clean and are extremely hard-wearing. The most common style of that era was the red and black tile chequered pattern.
Art Deco designs
With the recent re-release of The Great Gatsby, we have seen a rise in Art Deco style in both fashion and interior design. To recreate an Art Deco living space, polished parquet flooring will deliver a classical vintage look. Big circular rugs were also popular at this time as they contrasted with the square geometric pattern of the parquet flooring. A plain or patterned rug will create a centrepiece in any room. Also accessorize with geometric and angular mirrors.
Lino became fashionable towards the end of the Art Deco period - as well being on trend, it was also practical and hardwearing.
American inspired 50s
The 50s are best known for the American diner-style designs with black and white checkerboard flooring and neon colours. This look has stood the test of time and can still be seen in a number of restaurants.
The 60s saw the back of the American influence and embraced London as the heart of all things groovy. The shag pile rug was introduced in the groovy 60’s, along with free love and flower power! This was also the decade of pop art, so colours such as pink, orange and purple were popular in bold striking patterns. Interior style was colourful and fun and embraced all things new and quirky including blow-up furniture and bean bags.
In the 90s carpet was a staple in every family home. Colours ranged from neutral tones to bolder greens and pinks. Carpet is great for creating a warm and cosy living space and can really complement the theme of a room.
In the millennium, many people wanted to get rid of the old-fashioned carpet and create a sleek, modern look in their homes. Many opted for laminate instead of hardwood flooring largely due to its with price and functionality.
High gloss coloured flooring is a relatively new trend that is emerging as people move away from the standard carpet and laminate flooring in the search of something a little more luxurious. The reflective nature of the material helps create a sense of space and light in small houses or apartments.
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