Are you floored by flooring?
I am thinking about buying a new kitchen?
Thinking about all that’s involved when it comes to buying a new kitchen can be very daunting. You have to take into account the colour and design of the units; which appliances suit your lifestyle; the colour schemes for walls and tiles; which worktops will be the most hard wearing. In fact the list goes on…. When taking all of these factors into consideration, it can be easy to let thoughts about the choice of flooring to slip your mind. It might be easy to forget, but the flooring is one of the most important aspects of a new kitchen; flooring anywhere in the house needs to be hardwearing and fairly easy to maintain, but kitchen flooring is expected to take a bit more of a beating.
As is most common, when you are planning a redesign of your kitchen, with new colours and styles, you will find that your existing flooring doesn’t quite fit with what you have in mind. There are a huge range of different materials you can choose as kitchen flooring. With an almost endless range of colours, textures, effects and properties, it can be very hard to actually decide what you want from the flooring, let alone what colour or style you want.
Laminate flooring is one of the most popular floor choices throughout the house. It can be a cost effective option and is great to have in the kitchen as it is easy to clean and very durable. A lot of manufacturers often offer a guarantee for quite a few years. Laminate flooring also comes in a huge range of different wood effects and you can choose a glossy finish for a contemporary look or a matte oak finish for a more traditional kitchen.
Similarly to laminate flooring, vinyl floor covering can also be a less expensive option and also comes in a huge range of different styles and effects. You can create a feature out of your floor by covering it in a solid, bright colour vinyl or you can create a more traditional look with vinyl that has a wood or tile effect finish. Vinyl is also a popular choice for kitchen flooring and is very easy to clean and spill resistant, ideal for homes with children.
Stone tile flooring is at the higher end of the price ladder, but looks great in period homes or kitchens evoking the same style. It is extremely hard wearing and practical, so it is ideal for high traffic areas like the kitchen while offering a natural look at the same time. As it is a natural product, it will need to be treated and there can be variations in texture and tone, so it might not be ideal if you are looking for a sleek and streamlined finish.
Concrete flooring is similar to stone tile flooring and also tends to be more expensive than other floor types. Concrete flooring is one of the toughest floor coverings available; it is low maintenance, cool under the feet and a polished finish will even help bounce light around the room. It usually comes in a range of standard, natural colours like greys and whites, but it is also available in more daring colours like red or green.
An unconventional choice for kitchen flooring might be rubber tiles. You might be more used to seeing this flooring in a school, but rubber tiles can work really well in a kitchen environment. As well as being obviously child friendly, they are very durable, waterproof and easy to clean. The rubber will also help reduce noise.
Resin flooring might also seem like an unusual choice for flooring in any room of the house, but it is a growing trend in kitchen design. It can create a high impact, glossy finish, perfect for a modern and streamlined kitchen as the resin comes in liquid form and is poured on to the pre-prepared base, meaning there are no joins or grouting to be seen. As it is glossy, you should specify a non-scratch and non-slip finish for safety. You can even have glass beads and other decorative items set in to the resin for added glamour.
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