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Top 10 Ways to Modernize Your Home


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From Floor to Ceiling
Unusual flooring applications -- like this bamboo -- were common when mid-century modern homes were built.
Unusual flooring applications -- like this bamboo -- were common when mid-century modern homes were built.
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The post-war years offered design savvy homeowners a plethora of flooring to choose from -- think concrete, linoleum, cork and bold wall-to-wall carpets. Developer Joseph Eichler used cork in all of his modern tract houses in California. Concrete was loved for its price and practicality, and linoleum was popular for its casual look and its natural make up. Finally, carpeting could boost the color in a room or be a calm contrast to bright furniture. Pick any of these styles to update your home now, starting in just one room. Carpeting would be the least expensive route, while a glazed concrete or cork floor would be a pricier, yet tried-and-true nod to the period.


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