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June 17, 2011

MCM Home Improvement: My Basement Floor

By Sablemable aka Jan

I found one more area in my 1955 ranch that needs improvement:  the basement floor.

The family (hereby known as FR) still has the original tiles, all in time-capsule condition.  The accent color is a yellowish-beige, the main color a dark brown.  No worries here!

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Sadly, the tiled area outside of the FR and just below the basement steps, needs to be replaced.   It is literally crumbling into little pieces.

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Since I’ve tried to find close-to-matching brown and failed, I decided maybe I need to shake it up a bit with some color. 

The remaining basement is concrete painted gray.  Dull.

I first learned of Azrock Flooring from Pam at Retro Renovation.  I didn’t find a virtual flooring tool on Azrock’s website (www.azrock.com), so I made my own, saving the tile patterns and colors images from said site.

I like earth colors, blues and greens.  I placed together some colors that would compliment the old tile.

 

Aquamarine from the Solidair line and Emerald from the Cortina Colors and Classics line.

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Maple Sugar and Honey from the Cortina Colors and Classics line.

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Coral from the Solidair line and Coral Reef from the Cortina Colors and Classics line.

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I could also do just one color, but what fun would that be?  But just in case, here are some more colors I like.

From the Cortina Colors and Classics line:  Red Pepper, Pecan Pie and Denim.

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And Lounge Green from the Solidair line.

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Any suggestions, readers?

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5 Responses to MCM Home Improvement: My Basement Floor

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

    You could check out the Congoleum VCT, that is what my Mom just had installed in her place. They don’t have a dark brown like yours, but they do have some brown-ish tiles. I agree, you should totally add some color to that floor!

    Here is the link to the Congoleum Commercial flooring tiles.

    http://www.congoleum.com/com-tile.html

  2. sablemable Reply

    June 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for the link, Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

  3. Andrea Reply

    June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I personally love the first choices that you picked – but anything turquoise-ish is definitely my fave MCM colour, and I love it with brown.

  4. pam kueber Reply

    June 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Sablemabel, you know there can be bad stuff like asbestos in these old tiles. Consult with a professional!

  5. sablemable Reply

    June 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! Yep, I love turquoise/aqua,too!

    Pam! Your words of advice have been glued to my brain cells since you first uttered them on your website, girl! Thanks for the reminder!

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