Tile and linoleum were common finishes in 1940s kitchens. They were readily available, easy to install, affordable, and versatile. The same reasons for their popularity prevail today.
The larger pictures on this page were published by Armstrong to sell linoleum products during the war years. Linoleum was used on floors, counters, and even on bathroom walls, though that was a relatively unusual way of using it.
The smaller images were Mosaic Tile designs created to appeal to homemakers.
Both companies' designs could easily be adapted for vintage remodeled kitchens in homes built from the 1930s through the 1950s.