Marmoleum: The New Linoleum

Before I moved into my current apartment, I took a tour of the building with the developer. During the renovation, he and his crew tried to use as many recycled materials and environmental practices in the building. I noticed the lining of the window sills were an odd material, like a chicer looking linoleum. He told me it was marmoleum.
Marmoleum is a great option for flooring if you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your home. The bones of marmoleum are all-natural, produced from linseed oil, jute and limestone, so no off gasing or VOC’s.

The Natural Abode offers a sample set of marmoleum that you can test drive in your home. It’s a glueless application that can click into place over any existing floor – from concrete to sheet flooring. Forbo flooring has the most extensive selection of marmoleum out there and they have a great design gallery and over 24 colors to choose from.
Let me know if you have used marmoleum in your home and what you think. I also hear it’s a great surface for breakdancing!
Photo: Forbo Flooring

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.