Over this past month, I have been looking into and researching the vintage style of VENTURA that our client has requested our design team keeps alive throughout our renovations. Through my research I have noticed that the flooring is very important to the vintage element of any space. Wood and linoleum flooring were commonly spread throughout the average 1970’s house along with fluffy shag and llama area rugs.
After speaking with an employee from the local eco-friendly home renovation store, Treehouse, I learned that although wood was easy to work with as far as design goes, wood would also be harder to install in a trailer because it has to be nailed down into a second layer of flooring as opposed to the other two, and much easier, styles of flooring; a floating floor (that you cut into the exact right shape and lay on the ground meaning there is no permanent attachment), and a glued on floor (that you apply glue to the bottom of and then can place onto the ground quickly and easily, which allows it to be used on almost any surface). Linoleum flooring as well as carpet is generally glue on so these two styles of flooring would be the most ideal for trailer flooring with a vintage style.
A carpet has the advantage of being very comfortable to walk on, but carpet, particularly a fluffy shag carpet, is not ideal for an area with a lot of liquid or food around (i.e. the kitchen, bathroom, etc.). I originally thought we could put linoleum in the kitchen, shower, and dining area of the trailer, and we could install carpet in the two sleeping areas of VENTURA. This sounded fine until I looked at the actual floor-plan of VENTURA and realized that not only was the dining area the same as the main bed, but the amount of square feet of flooring that was required/possible was such a small amount that it would look much nicer as well as it would be more cost effective to apply solely linoleum throughout the entire trailer.
Sticking to my original mission, the vintage style, I now had to look at popular colors and patterns in the 1970s. A common pattern seen throughout the majority of 1970 homes (particularly with linoleum) is the checkerboard pattern as well as solid stripes. There is the commonly known black and white checkerboard pattern (commonly with bright colored furniture accompanying it as well), but through my research I learned that it was considered very fashionable in the 1970s to have a bright yellow linoleum floor. The most popular colors of the 1970’s homes were bright green, turquoise, sunshine yellow, orange, and brown, as well as white and black which were oftentimes used in contrast with these much brighter colors.