A Mid-Century Kitchen Floor Covering

Lino or vinyl floor patterning was very popular mid-century and the choice of patterns ranged from quite outrageous to very mundane.

This pattern is a simple easy-on-the-eye design that is intended not to catch the eye but to make the floor of the kitchen recede away thus enhancing the dimensions of the room.

The design was created with Xara Designer while the set is my normal mid-century kitchen set created in Cinema 4D.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Mid-Century Inspired Kitchen Floor-Covering

The 1960s, and the decade that preceded it, saw an increasing use of linoleum – lino – or vinyl as a useful floor-covering.

This design is intended to look good and to be easy to clean and, in particular, to give the kitchen a sharp and genuine mid-century look. The design itself is a simple one made with Adobe Illustrator while the set is my mid-century kitchen set created with Cinema 4D which was also used to produce the image.

I tried various colour schemes, which worked fine and with success, although the green works well with the existing units to save me re-colouring them.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Lino For A Mid-century Kitchen – Ai259

A mid-century lino pattern

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have a particular interest here at 20th century 3D in lino and vinyl floor coverings.

Although I refer to the floor coverings by the term lino I also mean vinyl floor coverings which I appreciate is a different process.

The pattern is based on a standard pattern which has been in use throughout the mid-century period and can probably still be bought today. The colours used are typical mid-century colours which you would have found in a kitchen although, perhaps, the red colour could also have been a little bolder.

A floorcovering like this is both practical and useful since the design enhances the size and dimensions of the room. I have quickly repainted the units to blend a little better with the floorcovering but other than that no changes have been made so it is possible to compare this with previous posts using this kitchen set. I also remember seeing, now that I have the opportunity to look at the final render, a similar floorcovering where the red was replaced with a brighter yellow colour and this is a pattern variation that I may well try.

You can see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

mid-century lino

I had a little (unexpected) time today and so I decided to develop the theme began yesterday and show the way that lino was heading towards the end of the mid-century decade.

Computer problems take your mind away from what you are doing but they also give you a little expected free time which you can use. Linoleum began to be popular at the turn-of-the-century and a good many formal designs were created during the 1920s and 30s and up to the outbreak of the Second World War. After the war, lino continue to be made using these type of designs as I showed yesterday.

However the 1950s gave way to a very exciting decade in which design moved forward at a hectic and sometimes alarming rate. Much of the work that was done at that time was never carried forward into the succeeding decades and so much of it is lost.

During the 1960s the newspapers and the television was full of the scientific discoveries that were being made, particularly atomic one. The new designers that were then starting work were influenced by what they saw and produced some spectacular and inventive artwork.

Some of the scientific work depicted the results of atom smashing, something that is taken for granted today but which at that time seemed almost science-fiction. This lino is inspired by some of the patterns that appeared which show these explosions beautified in the minds of the designers.

I have deliberately kept the scale of the pattern quite large which I think is consistent with the way that linoleum was produced at that time. The pattern was made in Adobe Illustrator but the background is a seamless tile produced in Filter Forge.

I have to admit to being rather pleasantly surprised at the look of the pattern on the floor, particularly with its mid-century appeal and colouring. I also created the pattern with a different background and those two patterns appear as swatches on my Flickr page.

A large version of this image is on my Flickr page which is here.

A (Very) Mid-century Lino

A Mid-century Lino

Lino, or linoleum, was a very popular product in the mid-century houses having gained popularity from pre-war years for its longevity and ease of cleaning.

In fact, a visitor from the present-day, would be surprised at how much linoleum was in use both in the home and in commercial premises. In the early years of the decade patterns tended to resemble those from pre-war years and these were seen as cheerful patterns that could be used to show the size and space in a room or hallway. Later in the decade lino, along with other fabrics and household furnishings, received considerable treatment at the hands of designers. I have already produced some mid-century lino but this is an area that I hope to visit again shortly.

Ease of cleaning for both minor and major domestic issues made lino a popular choice for household hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. The illustration above shows my mid-century kitchen set with a lino floor that uses a very standard and extremely popular pattern. This pattern, and patterns like it, give a room a clean and precise look emphasising the dimensional and creating what appears as a large floor area. For this reason patterns like this were very popular and, if you look carefully, you will find that this, and similar designs, are still on sale today and are still fulfilling the same purpose.

This set, and all the objects and materials in it, were created by me in Cinema 4D with the exception of the copper texture and the glass both of which come from Maxon.

A large version of this image is on my Flickr page which is here.

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1950s style lino

In the early years of the 1950s this sort of linoleum was a popular choice for the floors of the kitchen and perhaps the bathroom in houses in the UK.

There are the usual black, white and red colours represented here as you would expect for the 50s, albeit in small measures, but still very visible. Also this lino is slightly more shiny and now looks a little more realistic.

The pattern was created in Xara Designer using swatches made in Filter Forge as I explained previously and the scene rendered using my kitchen set in Cinema 4D.

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Midcentury lino

This is a nice lino that looks, and is, very mid-century in a design and colours that were popular then and are still popular today.

There is no black, white or red here, the colours used most often in kitchens but this was the second choice for home owners. Again, the pattern helps to make the room look as big as possible and to make it easy, the pattern has no particular ‘way’ so, if this were real linoleum, it would be easy to install.