Your kitchen floor can make a drastic impact on the appearance of the room. You can opt for a statement patterned tile or a minimalist concrete foundation for an ultra-chic style. Flooring is a brilliant way to connect the kitchen and dining room if you have an open plan set up.
Your kitchen floor needs to be durable and practical, as well as aesthetic to look at. If you have children, it may be better to choose a softer floor that is waterproof and stain-resistant. There are various styles, materials and types of kitchen floors to choose from. Here are the five most effective kitchen floor materials and designs.
Tiles can cover almost any underlying material and make a brilliant addition to country-style homes. Just make sure that the original surface is thoroughly cleaned before you lay the tiles down. Scrub grease and dirt from the floor and hoover leftover dust particles. Tradespersons will have access to professional grab adhesives to secure the floor properly.
Vinyl is hardwearing, waterproof, durable and easy to lay. It’s also a softer and warmer alternative to stone and ceramic flooring. Vinyl is an excellent option for those with children – you can wipe away any spillages and mess with a cloth. It’s also suitable for those with a clumsy streak, as crockery is far less likely to break on soft vinyl.
The thickness of the vinyl is usually a good indicator of its quality. For example, cheap sheet vinyl will be thinner and less luxurious compared to thick, high quality tiled vinyl. You should aim for a thickness of 3.5mm and above.
Concrete is perfect for those with an uneven floor in the kitchen. You can concrete over your floor and adhere tiles or laminate wood. Or, if you like the industrial interior trend, leave the concrete bare for ultra-low maintenance and hardwearing floor. Just bear in mind that concrete may be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods and highly uncomfortable to fall on.
Choose stone flooring with a limestone or porcelain effect for a more traditional look. Natural materials are a classic look that will never go out of fashion. You can also opt for faux stone tiles, which recreate the look of porcelain and offer an easy-care finish. Win, Win!
Nothing quite beats original wooden floorboards in a rustic kitchen by the countryside. Reclaimed hardwood floors are made from single pieces of wood, around 19-20mm thick. Different types of wood have different hardness scores and tendencies to damage, dents and wear.
Laminate flooring is more affordable and provides the same warmth and coziness as hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is made up of a compressed fibreboard plant with a photographic image of wood. Laminate tends to be softer and more comfortable to stand on than stone or concrete flooring.
You can also go for engineered wood flooring, consisting of three or four layers of wood glued together to create a 14mm thick plank. If it becomes damaged and worn, you can sand and treat the wood to restore it to its original finish. Genius!