Mannington Progressions Vinyl Composition Tile — the red, yellow, blue and black are retro winners

red-floor-tile-2Always on the search for retro flooring options, I ordered some samples from Mannington’s Progression line of 12″x12″ vinyl composition tile. There were several colors that looked like they could work for a vintage-era kitchen, basement, or even living room. Sure enough: I declare winners among:

  • red-floor-tile-155228 New Geranium — a wonderful apple red…
  • 55503 Banana Cream — a nice but not cloying yellow…
  • 55170 Duchess Blue — a crisp classic blue…
  • and 55101 Classic Black — although I’d compare that with the more streaky, super scrumptious Armstrong Standard Excelon Imperial in Classic Black, which has been around for decades, before making a final decision.

Note: I ordered these samples a while back. They’ve been sitting on my desk waiting their moment in the sun. Now that I go back to look at the site, I see there are some new colors. Check them out — my experience is that the image online and the tile in-hand look pretty different.

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  1. Jay says

    Well I didn’t pick a retro color. I just had Progression installed four weeks ago but went with a neutral tone – the Almondine, which I guess many would say it was gray (horrors) but it had a green cast to it and it looks nice next to the dark green carpet in the hall. Although the streaks are subtle the installer asked about laying it and said the direction should alternate, but of course I said, is there any other way? He said people like it all in one direction and the tile does not look as nice. This tile is heavy, the color goes all the way through. It’s not going anywhere, it will last.

  2. Pookha says

    My mother, always ahead of her time, put a red and black checkerboard pattern in her kitchen floor. These are a great throwback.

  3. Markie says

    I like that the yellow is not a “sweet” yellow or “nursery” yellow- it is like a pencil yellow and more sophisticated. If that makes sense lol

  4. Debbie in Portland says

    I’ve been agonizing over a kitchen floor decision for YEARS. I looked at these online last week and kinda waffled on ordering samples. But now that they have the Retro Renovation Stamp of Approval, samples of four different colors are on their way to my house. 🙂

  5. Sam R says

    Cut those into some different sized squares and rectangles, and it would be pretty easy to make a VCT version of the slate mosaic floors found in some MCM houses.

  6. Marilyn Watson says

    I lived in an old Victorian House for a few years which had the original kitchen floor of the 40’s and it was red and white…I loved it.

  7. steven says

    If you are into the late 60s/70s then check out, click on “vinyl”, then click on “stone peel and stick tile”. they have a coppertone brown, harvest gold and blue in 70s styles. there is also one that has some green, called “decorative flower”. wish there was an avocado!!!!

  8. steven says

    I forgot to mention that the stone peel and stick is only 40 cents a square foot. also the coppertone brown on the monitor looks red, but order a sample, its really a coppertone brown color.

  9. Maria says

    Beautiful! Wish I could find a good MCM sheet flooring option. My old floor is coved and would love to be able to keep the style.

  10. Mary says

    Has anyone compared this VCT to the Armstrong VCT? The Armstrong has some beautiful colors that will work well in my house which sits at the intersection of MCM and beachy. Armstrong also has quite a bit of info about installing/using/caring for VCT in a residential setting.

  11. Steven says

    You mentioned that you wish that the Armstrong pattern that was made from the 30s till the mid 90s (the random brick pattern) was available in off white/beige. Google “montego beige peel and stick tile”.

  12. JOHN DYLLA says

    Besides ceramic tile or hardwoods, is their a no maintenance or very little maintenance option for our kitchen and living room/dining room combo? We have a dog so hardwoods are out. We assume cork is a problem as well. Perhaps a slate-look tile? Real slate looks like a real pain over time but the slate-look tiles just don’t look retro enough. Any ideas would be appreciated. THANKS!

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