Choosing the Right Flooring for your Kitchen: Tips & Advice
So, you've made the other big decisions, the kitchen cabinets and all the jazzy new kitchen appliances - but how much thought have you given to the flooring in your kitchen?
As it’s one of the biggest surface areas in the room, it’s wise to spend a fair bit of time selecting which flooring you’re going to go with. This isn't going to be a quick throw-away choice, it will need to tick lots of boxes, durability, ease of cleaning, safety and obviously it needs to look good alongside your chosen kitchen cabinets and colour scheme.
To achieve a seamless look, it is super important that your floor works in harmony with the rest of your kitchen, so you’ll need to consider what’s going to work best with the materials you have already chosen. Materials like, quality wood timber or some bang-on-trend matt porcelain tiles will look amazing in modern kitchens, whilst choices such as slate tiles or limestone suit the more traditional kitchen styles. There are some underdogs to consider, such as polished concrete - this gives an industrial, chic edge to your modern kitchen.
Top Tip: Remember to account for the flooring in your overall kitchen budget, there are the fitting costs, and possible extra expenses for floor levelling.
So, let's talk flooring options
This is one of the most common choices for kitchens, stone comes in a huge variety of materials, sizes, textures and colours. The usual choices on offer consist of; natural limestone, granite, slates, hardwearing porcelain and modern ceramics. All of these choices are durable and easy to clean and maintain - but do check that your chosen slabs have been treated beforehand to avoid potential staining at a later date. Natural stone will also need to be re-sealed once every couple of years; this does depend on the volume of foot-traffic in the room.
For a homely feeling kitchen, solid wood is a great choice as it has a warming quality about it. However, it does need careful treatment and maintenance to ensure that it stays in its original condition and doesn’t warp over time, and it is also less resistant to water damage. If you are sold on the beauty of solid wood, or you want to utilise the original floorboards in a period home, it might be a wise idea to have different flooring in potential problem areas, such as the sink and laundry area.
Having engineered planks in these areas will allow the floor to be more flexible and resistant to water and other issues such as higher humidity.
This is another popular choice, it comes in rolls and tiles - it’s also easy to keep clean and is hard wearing, it’s a perfect choice for those on a tighter budget. Whilst some might shy away from vinyl due to memories of cheap vinyl back in the day, the manufacturing process has improved massively since then and now there are many high quality designs available.
Flooring Tips 101
You don’t have to stick to just one material for your floor; think about mixing it up a bit. By using durable, easy to clean flooring like porcelain or ceramic tiles in cooking areas and then warmer wooden flooring in living and dining zones.
Once you’ve picked your material, it’s time to put that design hat on. Sketch out ideas to see what is going to look the best, and talk to your contractor about different options - maybe you want to lay your tiles diagonally in a small room to help give the illusion of more space.
Finally, to prevent unnecessary wear and tear, add some protective pads to the feet of any freestanding pieces of kitchen furniture; and place doormats by all external doors. For tiled floors, choose a mould-resistant grout in a darker shade so it won’t highlight the dirt.
Ready to start designing your new kitchen? Get in touch with one of the team today to talk about how we can help to bring your vision to life.