The kitchen is often the most well-used space in the home. Of course, we use it to prepare food, but it is also a social space, where we eat, drink, or just gather for a chat around a cuppa. At the heart of all this is the flooring, which has an underestimated visual impact on the space, as well as taking a lot of wear and tear.
Therefore, choosing the flooring should not be an afterthought, but the starting point for renovating your kitchen design. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.
Consider what flooring material is best for you
There is now more choice than ever when it comes to durable flooring materials, which are easy to clean and maintain. The most popular options include natural stone, such as granite or sandstone, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, real wood, laminate, or vinyl.
Your decision may be influenced by the size of the floor, how heavily used the area will be, aesthetics, your budget, and how much maintenance you are prepared to carry out. Natural stone flags and woods look beautiful, but they do require regular resealing and treating to maintain water and scratch resistance.
Porcelain tiles are a good option if you want a durable material that is easier to take care of than stone or wood. They are exceptionally hard, and more water and stain resistant. Vinyl and laminates used to be the budget option, and tended to date easily. However, the newer brands of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are becoming very popular among homeowners.
LVT is very easy to clean and low maintenance, easy to install, more affordable than other types of flooring, and is available in a wide choice of colours and designs.
Work with the space
If the kitchen is small, it is best to avoid smaller tiles in dark colours, which can absorb all the light. Ideal Home suggests that wood effect porcelain is a great choice for a small kitchen, because the long narrow shapes draw the space out.
Larger floor areas lend themselves to tiles of any size, shape, and colour. Remember that the quality of the grouting is important to maintain the appearance and durability of the tiles, so it’s worth investing in a professional installation if you can.
Once you have an idea about which material and colour of flooring you want, ask for a sample that you can take home, just to make sure it will really work. Colours can be distorted by the bright artificial lights of a shop floor, or an internet browser, so it’s important to check in full daylight that you have the right shade.
Samples can also help you decide between one material or another, if you are undecided. The tumbled finish of stone, which provides an aged look, might be too much of a contrast in a sleek contemporary kitchen, but porcelain tiles would look perfect, for example.
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