Four ideas for the floor

With people spending so much time planning their kitchen’s layout and appliances, it can sometimes be easy to forget to take a look downwards and consider the flooring.

However, getting the floors of your kitchen just right is essential to creating the right ambience. Also, taking a bit of time to consider what your floor needs to stand up to can help you to choose a material that will look great for years to come. We’ve made a list of four flooring materials that are great for a variety of budgets and lifestyles to help you on your way:

Wood

An oldie but a good one, solid wood flooring is the obvious choice if you have a little more money to spend on your kitchen’s floor. Instantly homely and welcoming, yet durable and low-maintenance, solid wood flooring is one choice that is almost guaranteed never to go out of fashion. Although a little more expensive that some other options, hard wood floors add value to a property, so will more than make their outlay back if you ever come to sell.

Tiles

Another obvious choice is tiles, which are robust, easy to upkeep, and bring a natural stone feel to the kitchen. They are almost impossible to stain, resistant to moisture, and can be glazed or unglazed depending on what kind of finish you fancy. Be sure to choose tiles that are specifically designed for flooring though, as others can be potentially slippy with the inevitable spills of the kitchen.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring comes with somewhat of a mixed reputation, but the modern material can last up to 20 years, and comes in a variety of finishes and designs, which can mimic almost any flooring you care to think of. They are cheap, stain-resistant, and also not quite as unforgiving as wood and tiles. This means that they are a little kinder on the feet and any plates that are unfortunate enough to be dropped on them. One downside with vinyl is that getting tight, moisture-resistant seams can be tricky, although a professional layer should have no problems with this.

Concrete

Yes, you did read that correctly: concrete. Although it may seem like an unusual idea for flooring, finished and polished concrete can easily withstand the challenges of a busy kitchen, is low-maintenance, and it looks great. It can be made from the concrete already underlying your kitchen, meaning it is easy and very cheap to install, while it could also be overlaid with new flooring if you ever decide you want to redecorate the room.

Posted by Peter
January 25, 2015
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