What kind of flooring will you choose for your new kitchen?
You can extend your hardwood flooring into the kitchen area to create a seamless flow-through from the hardwood flooring in your dining or living area but you might need extra protection around wet areas. Special rubberised floor mats can protect the hardwood while they grip to the floor, minimising the potential trip-hazard which is typically associated with using rugs in the kitchen.
Floating timber floors are sensitive to moisture. It is generally not recommended to use floating timber flooring for areas like kitchens where moisture can penetrate and cause the floorboards to swell and twist. If you really want to continue at the look of your floating timber floorboards through to your kitchen area, be sure to mop up any spills very thoroughly, as soon as they occur! It’s also a good idea to set aside a few extra floating timber floorboards in case there is a mishap with water one day and you need to replace a section of your kitchen flooring – at least the colours will match.
Tiled kitchen floors are immensely hard-wearing and practical but may become slippery when wet and are not at all forgiving when fragile items such as crockery pieces are dropped on them. The presence of grout, a porous material, can also encourage the growth of bacteria if the floors are not cleaned thoroughly. Choose tiles carefully and go for neutral colours or natural stone tiles that will likely to retain their appeal through changing trends, considering the longevity of tiled finishes. Also, for safety, look for tiles which are specially textured or treated to have non-slip characteristics.
Vinyl flooring is a great choice for kitchens because vinyl is cost-effective, durable, and easy to clean. Vinyl can provide a softer landing for dropped items and a more hygienic, child-friendly surface than tiles. Continuous vinyl flooring is available in a huge range of colours and visual textures, and the new-style vinyl planks or ‘floorboards’, in stone-look or timber-look patterns, can look just as good as the real thing.
Good old-fashioned lino, originally developed in the 1860s and once so luxurious that it was used for the glamorous grand ballroom floor on the Titanic, has made a huge resurgence in modern kitchen design. Don’t confuse lino with vinyl, however, because traditional lino is made from natural, renewable materials so it’s very eco-friendly and also naturally anti-bacterial. Good quality lino flooring is extremely hardwearing and could look great and perform well in your kitchen for anything up to 40 years before needing replacement. This durability makes lino a very solid investment.