Imitation is the Base of Survival: Why There Are So Many Varieties of Linoleum

Modern linoleum manufacturers use a huge variety of colors, textures and factures. This sheet-based flooring can be monochromatic, have an abstract painting, be made to imitate ceramic tile, stone, leather or metal. Of course, there is also the most popular choice – wood imitation.

How to Pick Linoleum Color Correctly

Let’s imagine you’re in the store right now. You have just picked the linoleum flooring that would perfectly match your building by its structure and quality. But the most important step is still ahead.

You still need to pick the correct color.

What to Take Into Factor

Interior arrangement is an artistic process without unified solutions. The same color will look different in shadow, in bright or diffused light, or in artificial or natural light sources. The same can be said about having the same design in small or spacious buildings.

However, there are some tips that would help you arrange your interior that would have correct color gamut. It would also include the geometry of space. First of all, when picking the color of your linoleum, take into consideration our psychological associations related to our color perception.

  • Blue color calms us down and eases our stress. This is why it is so often used in conference rooms. It can also make us sleepy, hence why it is also used in bedrooms;
Blue linoleum //

Blue linoleum //

  • All tones of yellow and green ease our fatigue;
  • Turquoise color brings the thoughts of freshness. This is why it is ideal for bathrooms;
  • Soft shades of yellow and beige bring us comfort, coziness and warmth;
  • Grey color increases our work productivity;
  • Red, orange and bright yellow empower us and bring the sense of cheerfulness. They make cold rooms look more “warmer”. This is why these colors are recommended for active leisure, sport and living rooms. On the other hand, they cannot be used in bedrooms;
Red linoleum //

Red linoleum //

  • White color and all its shades is the embodiment of cleanness and cold. It is a perfect base for all bold design decisions. It is rarely used without contrasting bright “pair”, as it can evoke the sense of discomfort when used alone;
  • Black color should be used extremely accurately. Usually, it is effective only in small amounts. It is best used to create accents and give the interior a sense of sophistication. You can recreate the aesthetics of minimalism and Japanese design by combining black with red or white.
Black linoleum //

Black linoleum //

Among other things, we recommend you to take the saturation/brightness and warmth/coldness of colors into consideration.

Specialists divide the palette of colors into cold and warm. Blue is the coldest color, while orange is the warmest. Many design decisions were built on the play of “cold” and “warmth”.

Here’s a small instruction:

  • Use light colored cold tones to visually increase the volume of room;
Light cold linoleum //

Light cold linoleum //

  • Warm main colors will make the building visually lighter and warmer. It is especially important if your room is located on the northern side of the building;
  • Use warm tones to create the sense of chamberiness and comfort intimacy;
  • Cold colors, tones and shades make the interior more calm and thoughtful. They will freshen the sunlit room in a hot summer day;
  • Vivid and bright tones underline the existing interior style or can be used as a base of an entirely new style. They attract attention and zone the environment. They are great to create or underline accents;
Vivid bright linoleum //

Vivid bright linoleum //

  • Light muffled tones calm user down and visually extend the room, blurring the boundaries of separate functional zones.

Examples of Surface Color

  • Living room with muffled warm tones will open your guests’ mind for close communication, calm and silent talks. The best option will be to pick linoleum with muffled warm colors without contrasting pictures;
  • Living room with vivid or cold tones will shake your guests up and refresh them, opening their minds for intensive communications. Flooring here must have contrast texture or livid colors;
  • Office conference room with cold grey or blue color will boost the performance of business conversations, helping the participants find optimal ways to solve existing problems. If you’re choosing flooring for this kind of room, look for cold-toned linoleum without pictures;
  • Conference room in noble gamma consisting of deep dark warm colors (purple, golden brown, burgundy) is intended for private high-profile meetings on closed events. Textured marble-lookalike linoleum or parquet with deep saturated color will underline the solidity of this room;
Red linoleum in conference room //

Red linoleum in conference room //

  • Mansard bedroom with oblique ceiling will look much more spacious if its design includes muffled light tones, both warm and cold. The colder the color and the more indistinguishable its tones on walls, the better the effect. Cold colors will visually expand and freshen the bedroom. They will help you relax, restore your strength and help you sleep better;
  • Contrast floor surface in such kind of bedrooms should be textured and have a deep dark color. It will form the style of building and underline its geometry. Decorate the walls and ceiling with one light layer.
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The best example of the contrast interior is the bedroom for newlyweds in red color gamut. It will energize them, charge them up with energy and desire. Linoleum with dark carpeted texture will give the room its own, unique charm.

Most Popular Linoleum Textures

Wood-Textured Linoleum

This flooring is widely used in households, public and commercial buildings. It is perhaps the most popular type of linoleum across the globe.

This popularity is easily explained:

  • Wood imitation has an immense lot of aesthetical value. It concentrates the attention on itself and lets you enjoy the texture and gamma of natural wood;
  • Many people are willing to downgrade a bit in the times of plastic, metal and synthetic elements. Wood-imitating linoleum seems to do the trick. It lets us relax and feel the beneficial effects of natural forms and colors;
  • People want to live surrounded by ecologically safe materials. Wood fits the description quite well;
  • Natural wood (and its imitations) is a traditional facing material, especially if you’re going for historical styles: baroque, rococo, classicism or neo-classicism. It is also an irreplaceable material for country, Provence and eco style.

In addition, wood is visually warm, and it is especially valued during the arrangement of comfortable and convenient building.

Natural wooden floor, however, has several significant drawbacks. Caring about wooden floor is quite problematic. It is not moisture proof and can deform during operation. In addition, it is quite expensive. Linoleum, on the other hand, has no shortcomings of this kind.

Manufacturers now release a huge assortment of wood-textured or colored linoleum:

  • Sheets may imitate board flooring. “Board” texture can be parallel or diagonal;
  • Sheets may imitate parquet. It may have the image of shield covering or piece coating, imitate standard “fir-tree” layout or repeat the style of designer parquet;
  • Sheets color gamut may repeat the texture of standard, bog or bleached oak, pine, alder, beech or walnut.

Thanks to this, wood-imitating surface is one of the most prominent design tools to arrange original and comfortable interior. In addition, it is greatly compatible with other cladding materials and house accessories.

Tile-Imitating Linoleum

Linoleum that imitates ceramic tiles is also a popular flooring material, especially in Russia and other CIS countries. It is a great fit for either historic or modern design styles.

Here are some of the advantages of tile-imitating linoleum:

  • It visually increases the area of the room, making it look more spacious;
  • Tile-imitating linoleum often has neutral color, allowing you to make more accent on home décor and furniture instead of floor.

Let us assure you that the design of tile-imitating linoleum is quite diverse. There are various options available for every taste. For example, linoleum can even be a double imitation: it can imitate tile that imitates natural stone. But it can also be monotonous and matted.

Tile picture on the sheet can be combined with various decorations. It will make the picture more sophisticated and aesthetic.

Real ceramic tile is a very effective cladding material. However, it has a lot of disadvantages. Let’s list a few of them: it is very cold and quite expensive, and incorrect montage will drastically shorten its life span. Tile-imitating linoleum is free of these drawbacks, while retaining all the advantages of ceramic tile.

Stone-Imitating Linoleum

Natural stone floor looks solid, majestic and rich. But let’s take a look at its disadvantages:

  • Natural flooring is very expensive, even if we take ordinary limestone. We’re not even going to mention marble or granite;
  • The floor will never be flat;
  • Stone is very cold, especially during winter months. It is dangerous for your health to walk barefoot on it;
  • If you have children, they will have much higher risk of trauma;
  • Stone floor is hard to take care of.
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Stone-imitating linoleum is a great alternative to natural stone floor. It is especially useful when stone floor perfectly fits to your interior. Let’s take a look at its advantages compared to the natural stone:

  • Wide variety of colors and textures. Linoleum can imitate granite, marble, basalt, limestone, sandstone, etc. Picture can imitate both large and small stones like gravel or pebble;
  • It is extremely simple to take care of. It is easy to clean, and it does not require any specific types of cleaning;
  • It is much cheaper compared to natural stone. It is a very solid criterion for families on a budget.

Natural stone-imitating linoleum is quite durable. It will serve you for around 30-40 years. It is ecologically clean, as it consists of natural components only. It does not require any specific care. In addition, it is moisture proof and have bactericide and noise-insulating qualities.

Stone Crumb-Imitating Linoleum

Stone crumb-imitating linoleum is also a widespread type of flooring. It has a lot of aesthetic value, and its color gamut is neutral – neither too bright nor too dark.

Stone crumb flooring will not draw too much attention to the floor, while the neutral color palette and the picture itself shifts accent to decorative elements, furniture and accessories. It will let you avoid excessive color saturation and have a balanced design.

Thanks to the versatility of the picture, stone crumb and cobblestone-imitating linoleum harmonizes with many design styles, ranging from historical (baroque, empire, classic) to modern (high-tech, loft, art deco, postmodernist, etc.)

Judging by overall color design of your room, you can buy cold-toned flooring that would freshen your interior or warm-toned flooring that would create soft and comfortable atmosphere.

Natural color crumb flooring is in demand right now. Material created from milled quartz, marble and granite looks really fantastic. Stone crumb has a lot of natural tones and shades that fit harmonically in one flooring.

However, natural crumb also has several disadvantages. Its surface is quite scratchy, which makes proper care next to impossible. The heat insulation is quite poor, and the cost is quite high. Stone crumb-imitating linoleum will retain all its advantages without any drawbacks.

Abstract Flooring

Linoleum with abstract pictures is very versatile. It will be a great fit for interior arrangement in virtually any style. Such kind of décor responds to all requests of customers who like to have something original and extraordinary.

“Abstraction” means “distraction, withdrawal” in Latin. This décor will take you to your own world of associations and fantasies. Thanks to this, abstract linoleum is an optimal choice for arranging unique interior design. The only thing that would matter here is your spatial imagination.

Wide variety of textures and colors of abstract linoleum is even wider compared to other textures. All models of this kind of linoleum is connected by its use of aesthetic harmonization principles and adequate compatibility of color gamut with geometrical forms in design.

Exotic Linoleum

In addition to the aforementioned linoleum textures, some manufacturers also release limited collections of original flooring designs. We can easily brand them as “exotic”. Let’s talk about some of them.

“Crocodile Skin” Linoleum: Forbo™ Marmoleum Walton Crocodiles

Crocodile skin-imitating linoleum by Forbo //

Crocodile skin-imitating linoleum by Forbo //

This flooring imitates crocodile leather. It will help arrange exclusive and original interior design. Walton Crocodiles linoleum will bring sophistication and elegance to the room décor, harmonically matching with other types of cladding, including flooring.

This linoleum is made in four colors:

  • Black;
  • Beige;
  • Brown;
  • Creamy.

As all other types of Marmoleum floorings by Forbo, Walton Crocodiles linoleum is made of jute substate. It is perfectly suitable for areas with high attendance. It is released in 2 or 2,5 m rolls. This linoleum is ecologically safe and presents no harm to our health.

Metallic Linoleum

Metallic linoleum //

Metallic linoleum //

Another original type of linoleum is metal-imitating linoleum. Let’s take Hungary-made Grabo Diamond Standart Metal as an example.

This surface is extremely abrasion proof. Having 0,7 mm thick upper protective layer, it can be classified as industrial.

Diamond Standart Metal has a wide variety of colors and textures, high abrasion proofing and stability of all sizes. The manufacturer recommends it to be used in public, commercial, school and office buildings.

Another example of metallic linoleum is Lino-Art Metal/LPX or Lino-Art Star-DLW/Flooring product range. This designer flooring is designated for high-tech interiors.


Linoleum is an extremely versatile type of flooring. With wide variety of high-quality pictures applied to its face layer, it can stand in for any other types of flooring. Thanks to its affordable price, anybody can purchase and use this type of flooring.

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