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Linoleum is back...with a new name: Marmoleum. Linoleum's newfound popularity stems partly from its cool colors and patterns. It's also a relatively eco-friendly flooring choice, because it's made from natural substances like linseed oil, wood flour, and jute. (Mmm. Smells like middle school art class...) Manufacturer, Forbo, also touts the fact that linoleum is non-toxic, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Marmoleum's massive color selection, running the gamut from classic neutral to exhilaratingly vibrant, has attracted tons of attention as well in the past couple years. (The photo, above, shows just some of the available colors.)

What's cool is there is even a Marmoleum option for DIY'ers. It's called Marmoleum Click, and it's sold in the form of interlocking tiles. Click comes in both square and rectangular sizes, and Forbo's website provides very detailed information on how to measure and install this stuff. There are basically two big advantages to going with Click. One: installation is do-able for those with lower or moderate DIY skills. (Yay!) Two: you can be as creative as all get-out in planning your new floor, combining colors and patterns to your heart's content.

A couple caveats: Click color choices are much more limited than for regular Marmoleum. Also, (as with all DIY flooring adventures) you're going to need an absolutely level surface on your existing floor or installation will be a nightmare. Repeat: a nightmare.


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