The installation of our new floor was completed on Saturday. The green carpet is gone! We decided to tile the family room and kitchen in VCT to bring back the original look of the house. We kept the original diagonal pattern. However, we went with a different color scheme from the original two-toned brown.
Instead, we chose to liven up the room with a combination of turquoise and white. The tile is Azrock Cortina Colors in Cirrus and Spearmint. Cirrus is white with specks of aqua, yellow, and coral.
The main reason for choosing the turquoise VCT is that it goes really well with our '50s turquoise kitchen. Getting stuck with the color wasn't really an issue because we will never want to replace the original Formica countertops.
There were worries that this color combination might look too wild. It was also hard to imagine how the floor would look when it was completed. We've seen lots of houses with VCT floors in neutral colors like white or black (they always look beautiful), but we haven't seen anyone do their floors in turquoise and thought that might be for a good reason. We seriously considered using Azrock VCT in Autumn Haze, which is a streaky light tan that looks vintage. In the end, we realized that we're just not beige people. That's one of the reasons we love all this mid-century modern stuff! Colorful kitsch is okay with us.
The floor isn't quite finished. It was waxed today. Tomorrow it is getting buffed. Then, we have to reattach the quarter round molding, replace the air register covers, and move all the furniture back into the room. We should have this project completed just in time for the new carpet to be installed in the living room on Saturday.