Take Another Look at Linoleum Flooring
Budget-friendly, functional, and stylish—linoleum could be the triple-threat flooring your home needs.
Forget what you think you know about linoleum flooring. Modern-day linoleum is ready to wow with its low cost, low maintenance, and eco-friendly ways, all while making your home look fresh and full of style.
The Lowdown on Linoleum
When you're a family that is always busy and on the go, you need a flooring that can keep up. Let linoleum take on the job. To keep it clean, you'll only need a quick sweep and mop so you won't get stuck spending time on upkeep—add in its durability, and antistatic and antimicrobial qualities and linoleum is a fabulous flooring option for messy kids and pets. But the linoleum benefits don't stop there—it is also eco-friendly. Linoleum is made completely from natural materials, including linseed oil (from flax seeds), pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour, and jute backing.
As one of the most inexpensive flooring options, it's hard to beat linoleum on price. To install this budget-friendly flooring, you can expect to pay between $700 and $1,900, depending on the size of the room and the style and quality of the linoleum you choose.
Ways to Wow with Linoleum
Don't be afraid to get creative when deciding where to install linoleum in your home. From large rooms to small areas, you can get a luxury look for less by selecting linoleum styles that mimic wood, tile, or even marble.
Entryway and Mudroom Flooring
If you love welcoming friends and family into your home, let linoleum help. Linoleum works well in areas that see a lot of traffic, like entryways and mudrooms, because it's durable and colorfast. This way, you won't have distracting, overworn areas or faded colors. To warm up your entryway, try a herringbone pattern—or opt for a grand entrance with modular marble tiles.
Frequent family time in the kitchen won't wear out linoleum flooring. Stray splashes from dishwashing or food that falls on the floor are no match for linoleum's water and stain resistance. Have a farmhouse kitchen? Try a linoleum that mimics the look of a dark wood for the ultimate rustic chic design. Have a more contemporary or modern home? Linoleum that mimics a cool tile floor could be the right choice.
If you're thinking about remodeling or finishing your basement, linoleum flooring could be a good fit. Get wood-style linoleum to transform a cold basement into a cozy den, or use linoleum tiles to create a bright and bold pattern for the kids' basement play area. When using linoleum, keep in mind that it is water resistant—not waterproof. It can withstand splashes and spills, but if a room has high humidity, frequent leaks, or a flooding problem, it's best to look for another flooring option such as concrete.