Here is my taste from a kitchen I designed at my old house, a 1914 Foursquare house. Those floors need replacing! This is a picture I snagged from an online realtor's page. The floors need remanding or replacing. The kitchen floors were originally under a layer of mastic and linoleum tile.
That was a very small kitchen. I spent months and months with graph paper, trying to figure out the best use of the space so it didn't feel like a cave.
The darkness of my present kitchen is what I want to change. The black laminate was sucking all the light out of the space. We live in Maine, where winter is long and light is scarce. I tried to counteract the black countertops and dark cabinets with screaming yellow.
It didn't work.
Originally, I had thought I would put quartz countertops on the old cabinets.
But they are not worth capping off with stone. I did not want to live through a major kitchen remodel. Having strangers working in the house is stressful for my autistic son and me!
I wanted to make the biggest amount of change for the least amount of disruption. I wanted to leave the option open for a future major kitchen gut job. So I chose to replace laminate with laminate. Here is the original Quartz sample with the laminate I actually went with.
Pretty close, huh?
I had gotten a lot of samples of the Formica Elemental Concrete, but was still surprised at the variation in the pattern based on the samples I got. A the samples did not have the larger darker patches in it. If I were going to do it again I would buy several of the larger samples, or a larger two foot piece through the local kitchen store.
But I would still choose it.
Now the countertop is in and the nice carpenter is gone (thank you!). Here's a before and during photo.