We all know that the kitchen is the heart of any home and that having a stylish kitchen is a big selling point, so it makes sense that we should invest in every aspect of our kitchens, including the flooring. Kitchen flooring is often an afterthought -the main focus being on the units and appliances – but it can make the kitchen look so much better or worse, depending on how you deal with it.
If you’re thinking of upgrading your kitchen flooring, you’ll want to choose something that is durable, modern and as easy to look after as possible. With that in mind, here are your best options:
Bamboo is an excellent material for use in the kitchen, not least because it looks beautiful and natural, and because it is pretty durable, but also because it is one of the most environmentally friendly materials out there.
If you decide to choose bamboo flooring for your kitchen, make sure that you buy from a reputable source, such as The Bamboo Flooring Company, so you can be assured of its quality. Buying from a company who offer a long warranty is also a good idea if you want to ensure that your kitchen stays looking good for as long as possible.
You don’t see carpet used much in the kitchen, primarily because it is just too easy to get it dirty or end up with scrubbable stains when you’re cooking around carpet. However, there has been a resurgence of its use in some circles, thanks to the advent of carpet tiles.
Kitchen carpet tiles have been designed with high volumes of traffic and spillages in mind – they are durable, easy to clean and even simpler to install. Even better, you can remove individual tiles for cleaning or replacement if necessary. Oh, they make the kitchen really cosy too.
If you do choose to plump for kitchen carpet tiles. Remember to purchase a box more than you need, so you can replace any tiles that become too worn.
Wooden flooring is popular across the country, and many people now have it in every room. That’s probably because it’s natural grain is pleasing to the eye and even gets better with age, as well as the fact that it’s pretty easy to clean up any messes made on wood. Not only that, but you can simply sand, buff and re-polish your flooring should it start to look less than luxurious.
If you plan to go for the wooden option, I would suggest looking into Nadura® – German wood Floor Tiles. Why? Because they are much stronger than the average wooden tiles while being as attractive and warm as them. In fact, they bill themselves as being as hard as stone and in the kitchen, where accidents are prone to happen, and there’s a lot of hustle and bustle, that can make all the difference.
You might think that the very idea of having concrete on your kitchen floor is ridiculous, After all, you purchase wood or tiles to cover up the concrete. However, some of the best architects are using concrete, and some of the hippest places have poured concrete floors.
The benefits of using concrete are that it makes the kitchen look more modern, it’s all but indestructible and it can be painted, waxed stencilled, etc., to customise it to your own unique tastes and requirements. The only real downside is that it can be a little cold.
If you’re looking for flooring that is warm, textured, and yes, that word again – durable- cork is with some consideration. It’s good because it gives a slight ‘springy’ feeling when you walk on it,m but more importantly, cork is a natural antibacterial substance, which is obviously very useful in the kitchen. It’s also pretty environmentally friendly.
Again, if you choose cork, it’s best to buy a few spare tiles, so that you can replace them if an irreparable accident takes place.
Laminate wood is very popular because it gives you the look of real wood flooring without the price-tag. So, if you’re on a budget, it might be a good option for you. However, you need to bear in mind that laminate isn’t quite as durable as some of the other options on this list and you will need to pad it underneath for best results and tread carefully. Buy from a reputable seller with a generous warranty just in case, too.
Rubber is not too much different from cork, but the advantage it has over it is that you can buy rubber kitchen flooring in a much wider array of colours and textures and you can install it without the need for any adhesives. It’s also pretty good for kitchens with children and pets because it is non-slip.
If you have some money to spend, then you should seriously consider fitting your kitchen with stone flooring. Undoubtedly the most luxurious option available to you, tiles made from granite and slate come in various pretty patterns and colours, blend well with shiny chrome appliances and keep the kitchen cool. It is, of course, also very hard, and therefore very durable. However, you will need to have it sealed regularly to ensure it stays at its best.
Ceramic tiles have long been the popular choice because they look good, wipe clean and come cheap. There isn’t really much I need to tell you about ceramic tiles, which I’m sure you’re familiar with, so we’ll leave it at that.
Again, vinyl kitchen flooring has long been popular because it’s cheap, easy to install and comes in a vast array of colours and styles. Of course, because it is so cheap, it can tend to look cheap too, which is why, if you do choose this option, you should aim to buy the most expensive you can afford.
I hope this helps you choose the best kitchen flooring for you, your family and your home.Your kitchen deserves to look as luxurious as it possibly can!