Before & After: Black and White Stripe Linoleum Floor

updated May 8, 2019
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Attention, all you renters out there: this is an easy, affordable, and ultra-stylish way to upgrade your dingy rental floors. We have been meaning to do something like this ourselves for quite some time, and seeing this project by Orlando Soria on Design*Sponge totally got us all jazzed up to copy her.

Real linoleum (not the fake vinyl stuff) is made from renewable materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly found on a burlap or canvas backing — so it’s a nice green option! And this striped pattern is so much hipper than if she’d just done all black or all white.

The best part is that it’s totally removable, too, so you’re not doing anything permanent in your rental home that would cause issues for you later with your landlord.

We’ve been eyeing the Tundra Click-Lock floor tiles from IKEA, simply because of its easy installation, removal and affordability. But fiberboard… not so thrilled with that. Linoleum would probably be better.

Have you ever done something like this in your own home? What did you use?

Via Design*Sponge and Orlando Soria. Originally published 2009-08-28.