This kitchen in Wrentham, MA used to be old looking, with oak stain on a stained oak floor. The homeowner saw what most people see today, a kitchen that you can’t stand to look at, and be in. She had a vision, and decided to make it happen.
This person choose an off white on the outer cabinets and a darker brown on the island. We added new granite and a darker modern tile floor. It really does have an effect on anybody who gets to see it. It doesn’t wear off in time either. I did mine 11 years ago and still appreciate a glimpse in the morning.