The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in any modern home. When you are designing your dream kitchen there is very little margin for error, especially when it comes to selecting flooring. In the interest of your enjoyment of the (and of health and safety, it is a room filled with hot stuff and sharp knives after all) everything about your kitchen it has to function perfectly.
Kitchen flooring might need to be practical and hardwearing, but there’s no need for it to be dull. Using flooring strategically can be a good, quick way to break up a room into sections like a dining space or living space. You can also have a lot of fun with patterns and colours.
Natural flooring such as stone and wood is always a popular choice and lends natural element to any kitchen design scheme. One popular idea is to use man made porcelains which recreate the look of natural stone. Advancements in digital imaging technology mean flooring which mimics the look of wood, stone, and even concrete can be produced, offering a more hardwearing and affordable options.
To ensure you’re making the right choice with your kitchen flooring selection you should consider these aspects carefully:
Choosing the perfect material
Solid and engineered wood floors are warm and offer character, but tend to be less durable (although solid floors can often be refinished). Modern porcelain tiles tend to be the most hard-wearing, and they are waterproof, stain resistant and scratchproof, as well as easy to clean. Natural stone will last a lifetime if properly installed and treated, but it’s porous and must be sealed.
Consider underfloor heating
Generally, porcelain and stone tiles are fine with underfloor heating, but wood floors are not always suitable (wood generally prefers stable conditions). Check with your flooring supplier before buying.
Patterned and shaped tiles can be used to create a feature floor, or to ‘zone’ an area, such as underneath a dining table. However, keep in mind that this will limit any furniture rearranging you might like to do in the future. Natural colours and worn-in, aged looks are ideal for a vintage patchwork effect, while parquet patterns in stained and textured timbers are a modern take on this traditional and elegant floor.
Sub-floors need to be clean, dry, structurally sound and flat, and most suppliers recommend using an installer experienced in the flooring being applied (especially for natural stone). Larger format tiles and patterned layouts usually take longer to fit and incur more wastage, so are generally more expensive.
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