If you’re considering an upgrade to your kitchen then you may be thinking about things like a new lick of paint or even changing the colour scheme of your utensils, flooring is often overlooked which is surprising for a room that is so important in the family home! Did you know that the kitchen is often described as the ‘heart’ of the home? It’s where we come after a long day at work, or school or where ever we may have been and we wind down, we communicate.. so why should the very foundation be neglected? In this post I’m going to tell you about a few of my favourite floors and why I think they’re so great for the kitchen!
Kicking us off is the very underrated laminate flooring, one of the floors that I actually feel gets a really hard time in the interior world. I really think that because this flooring is so affordable it is often discredited as being ‘cheap’ which is not the case, in fact there are many premium grade laminate floor available on today’s market that come with a much bigger price tag and an even bigger promise of fantastic quality. Laminate is an ideal material for the kitchen, due to the clear top layer that is added during the manufacturing process it becomes incredibly durable. What this means is that it can withstand a heavy amount of traffic, so if you have a busy home there’s no need to worry about the flooring being scratched or dented. From the practical side of things, laminate is also one of the easiest floors to install, as long as you have a sub-floor that is dry, firm and level then you’re good to go! Of course if you’re not comfortable installing the floor then there will be an array of tradesmen/women who will be willing to do it for you. We all know how messy the kitchen can get so it’s important to have a floor that’s able to handle the heat, literally! Laminate flooring is really easy to clean and maintain, if there are any spills then you can have peace of mind in knowing that they’re easily wiped away and forgotten about.
Next up is something that is somewhat unexpected in a kitchen environment, wood flooring. This type of flooring is often installed in rooms like the lounge or dining room, people worry about the effect that humidity and moisture levels may have on wood flooring. Of course you do run a lot of risks when installing real wood in the kitchen and a lot of precautions have to be taken to ensure that the flooring does not get damaged, however the other alternative is engineered wood. Technically speaking, engineered wood is a lot better suited to kitchens due to the way that is manufactured. Using layers of ply wood to create a solid core that is then topped with a real solid wood layer to create a beautiful end product. Unlike solid wood floors engineered wood is a lot less likely to contract and expand when it comes into contact with any excess moisture, but it does still have the same heavy duty properties that solid wood offers so is a very strong choice for durability. Another beauty of engineered wood is that it can be sanded and refinished multiple times, so if it does become damaged or worn over time you can always bring it back to life however you may see fit. As for cleaning the floor, a simple sweep or mop on a daily basis should suffice and keep the crumbs at bay!
One of the more likely choices for a kitchen floor is tiles, now I love tiles, the crazier the better! In fact, my love for all things colourful and patterned has contributed to my next choice; mosaic tiles. Although mosaic patterns are not a common choice when it comes kitchen floor tiles I have to say that they’re up there on my list of favourites! There’s a reason that the Romans loved using these tiles on the floor and I strongly agree with them, random patterns especially. The best thing about mosaic tiles is that they come in the form of many different materials, the most suitable ones for flooring being either ceramic or porcelain (also the most commonly used). Ceramic tiles tend to come in either a gloss or matte finish, whereas porcelain is more of a “what you see is what you get”. Both materials are incredibly durable and have been used for years around the home, they’re easy to clean and maintain and tend to come with a hefty guarantee and lifespan! Patterned tiles are a great talking point for any floor and it’s surprising just how much they can transform a room!
So there you have it, just a few of my favourite types of floors for the kitchen, let me know what yours are too!