Transform your kitchen space with new flooring
When it comes to choosing flooring for your kitchen, durability and ease are often the top criteria. But that doesn’t mean it must be dull, despite it working in a practical space. There’s a plethora of flooring options that can bring character and style to the beating centre of your home. Here are just a few favourites…
Patterned tiles are a great way to make a feature of your flooring, injecting personality into your home. When adding this stand out piece, be sure to consider your colour scheme carefully, and tie in other elements of the kitchen with the design.
If you are working with a large space, geometric vinyl tiles can add interest, livening up plain cabinetry. Team with a metro tile for a trendy wall that won’t take the attention away from your floor.
Whether you’re working with a traditional country kitchen or modern space, natural stone is a long lasting option, providing it is properly installed and treated. But it is important to remember that as stone is porous, it must be correctly sealed.
The ageless surface is provided by numerous types, including limestone, bluestone, and soapstone. Subtle variations in pattern or colour create a rhythmic flor to the floor’s appearance, adding depth.
A big current trend is ‘mimica’ porcelains, which recreate the look of natural materials whilst providing an easy-to-care for finish. As with real stone, you can vary the sizes of the stones for a relaxed look.
COOL AND CALM
Concrete provides the perfect material for a tough and durable kitchen floor, and it can withstand activity in the busiest of kitchens. If you are looking for a cool and calm look, opt for polished concrete.
Concrete is not only low maintenance and hardwearing, it reflects light around the room and provides a lot of design freedom going forward. You have the choice of installing any floor surface at a later date. However, underlayment may need to be installed between the concrete and the new material that you choose.
A dark wooden floor can add value to your home, with most homeowners opting for hardwood for their striking natural colours, richly detailed grain patterns and unique elegant style. They are a perfect choice for a kitchen, provided they are correctly treated to resist spills and strains. When paired with white walls and high, airy ceilings, they have the ultimate effect.
SAFE AND TRADITIONAL
Classic granite tiles are a great low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. They are easy to clean, durable, and have a reflective quality that expands the appearance of a kitchen space.
As granite is stain-resistant and hardwearing, it makes the perfect material for family homes. Similarly, the traditional terra-cotta tile will provide an old world charm, with the natural material adding warmth and subtle geometric interest.
Painting wooden floorboards can add a quirky touch to the kitchen space. When painted white, floorboards instantly lift the room, and are easily refreshed. Add art, greenery and coloured kitchenalia for the ultimate finish. If your kitchen is blessed with natural wooden beams, don’t paint over them – a natural wood finish will add charming warmth.
Despite traditionally being reserved for the most grandeur of settings, marble is becoming increasingly common and more affordable. It continues to carry an air of sophistication and exclusivity, but can be easily incorporated into your kitchen flooring for a timeless look.
SLATE AND SLEEK
Slate flooring is especially suited to a kitchen with a neutral colour palette. Large scale slabs can lend a rustic vibe to any modern space, and its gorgeous natural ridges and variations will add depth.
Slate is an ideal material to unify the inside with the outdoors, enabling a smooth transition from the kitchen into the patio.
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- Choose your floor the same time as your cabinetry, and put together a palette of colours and materials.
- Consider foundations: sub-floors need to be clean, dry, structurally sound and flat.
- Think of how the floor will meet other areas, whether that be in an open-plan space, meeting with the living area, or exterior patio grounds.