Whilst it can be easy to overlook the flooring when redesigning a kitchen, choosing the right kitchen floor coverings really can alter the overall look of the finished room. Although you may have a notion of what you would like in the back of your mind, before making a decision ensure you have covered the practicalities.
Underfloor heating for example is, as a rule, a no no with wooden floors, and whichever floor covering you choose must be suitably sealed – or sealable – for use in the kitchen.
Granite or Quartz Floor Tiles
Both granite and quartz floor tiles are perfect for a busy family kitchen, offering unrivalled durability. These floor tiles will not scratch or chip, not are they easily stained. Whilst granite floor tiles offer the unique charms of natural stone, quartz floor tiles offer a uniform finish and can be sourced in a myriad of colours. Whilst granite floor tiles bring an air of luxury to a classic design, quartz floor tiles can be used to add chic, modern styling.
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A versatile option suited to both a modern or traditional interiors, wooden flooring can be matched to kitchen units or contrasted against units with a modern gloss finish. With a natural beauty, solid wood flooring should be used with caution in a kitchen unless you are looking to create a rustic finish; being sensitive to both heat and moisture, the floor must be extremely well sealed to avoid movement. If it is the rustic style you are aiming for, then before spending out on new wooden flooring, take a peek at the existing flooring. If you are lucky enough to have floorboards in reasonable condition, then these can easily be painted and treated.
Other forms of wooden flooring are available; bamboo flooring displays beautiful, natural strands whilst modern cork flooring is not only warm underfoot but being naturally antibacterial is ideal for allergy sufferers.
Industrial Style Flooring
Polished concrete flooring is perhaps the surprise contender for the ultimate in modern day chic. The concrete can be stained to almost any colour of your choice, and the highly polished finished is simply uber chic. Concrete flooring is an ideal choice for an uneven floor as it is simply poured in and will dry level.
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Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the cheap rolls of vinyl of yesteryear. Both Karndean and Amtico vinyl flooring are available in an impressive range of finishes from wood to stone and even glass. These vinyl floorings are long lasting and easy to care for, and are softer to the touch than stone floor tiles.
The ever popular laminate flooring is still an ideal choice for kitchen flooring, providing you don’t scrimp on quality and ensure it is laid to a professional standard. Whilst cheaper laminates are not designed to withstand the daily use, spills and scrapes a kitchen floor is put through, a well laid, good quality laminate can last for several years.
Katherine has been writing about home improvement and interior design for over 10 years and currently works for Discount Granite Direct Worktops. She knows that kitchen flooring is just as importand as work surfaces to get right feel for the room.