Kitchen flooring..my how the options have changed. We have come such a long way in terms of the choices available to consumers.
One can find a great selection in each catagory of kitchen flooring, from wood to tile.
Wood is hot at the moment. We have wonderful options in pre-finished wood flooring today, and they withstand heavy traffic and water. They also help blend into the rest of your home if you have hardwood flooring elsewhere. Above is a kitchen we did on the coast of Maine.
Stone offers great durability and is an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas. Ceramic tile is equally strong and offers numerous colors and textures.
I love the new options in terms of tile size and shape. The largest tile size used to be 12×12, now you can get 24×24, 12×24 and even 9×6 harlequin diamonds.
We also have the option when it comes to installation, now we lay tiles in numerous patterns.
I love the natural look of limestone in kitchens, but it must be sealed twice a year because it is porous.
- Cork is also a fabulous option; it is a very versatile material and comes in a number of colors and patterns. It is also water-resistant and reduces impact noise. It also warms up the spaces it is used in.
- Vinyl Flooring is very resilient and is the best option if you are looking for a budget friendly option.
You do not have to make kitchen flooring boring, it is one of the major components in the design of the space. It is worth spending the money to do it right the first time.
I have worked with many home owners who tell me that they have re-done their kitchen floors but were never happy with them because they settled for the least expensive option.
My advice is…
- If you do wood flooring use pre-finished, it is amazing! I have two active dogs and two sloppy kids and this is the only flooring that can withstand our punishment.
- Wait and do your flooring when you can afford to do it the right way!
- Think outside the box…vinyl flooring can be cool and hip…look for woven finishes.
- Talk to your tile store about interesting patterns and ways to lay the tile you are interested in.
- Consider a border laid around the room of tiles in a contrasting color or lay the center tiles on the diagonal and set the border tiles in the standard manner.
- rectangular tiles can be set in a brick, herringbone, basket weave and stacked pattern…be creative!
- Use the internet to research flooring before you go shopping, a little knowledge goes a long way! www.houzz.com and www.pinterest.com are great resources.
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