We had a grey laminate floor that looked like tiles and I was not fond of it at all. Since the living room floor is painted white and the rooms are connected, I wanted the kitchen floor to be white as well. I could paint it as I did in our little hallway, but because of the drying time (8 hours) + 3-4 coats I would never have found time for it. We have therefore added a white vinyl coating to get the same expression as in the rest of the house.
This vinyl coating from Storeys is probably easy to lay if you have a square room (which my kitchen is not, so it wasn´t that easy). You only have to take off the skirting before you start. No glue, only a sharp knife for cutting.
We are very happy with the end result - our kitchen is now much brighter and modern, and it looks better against the living room. It´s probably not the most practical floor color in a kitchen, but who cares - pretty before practical! *smile*.
You can see some before pictures of the kitchen here. ( This was before we bought the house )
(Images: Nina Holst )