"A timeless, kitchen floor design can anchor your room in style."
Your choice for a kitchen floor design is important because when you think about it, your kitchen is probably one of the most heavily used spaces in your home.
It’s not only the fact that you’ve got a lot of traffic there (everyone loves to eat), the kitchen is also the place where spills and messes are most likely to occur.
What are your kitchen floor design options? There are actually quite a few possibilities across a wide spectrum of price points including:
Here is a brief look at each.
Hardwood is a durable and attractive choice that also tends to add great selling value to your home. While natural hardwood flooring can be a little more expensive than other choices, it holds its value well. Key benefit of hardwood flooring are its beauty and easy care which make it a great choice for dealing with those kitchen spills that you know are going to happen. Plus, wood is a renewable resource! One of the downsides of hardwood is that it can be difficult to install.
Most people think of a hardwood, kitchen floor design in terms of wood planks running in one direction. But a wood floor design can really be much more versatile. For example, it is possible to create floor patterns with an inlaid, contrasting design around the perimeter. You might also choose to create a parquet style design where sections of the wood floor are turned in different directions from each other.
Laminate provides the look of wood or tile at a reduced cost, and it’s very durable. I have a wood laminate floor design in my own home and love it! It is a product that is easy to install and a snap to keep clean. It also stands up well to abuse (actually a bit more than hardwood in many cases). Laminate flooring can be a great budget alternative to the real thing.
Tile ranges from stone and slate to ceramic and glass. There are so many tile options to consider for your kitchen floor design. Tile offers a wonderful opportunity to customize the look of your kitchen floor by creating a unique design. Not only do tiles come in various elegant materials, they also come in many shapes and sizes providing you with the opportunity to create your ideal pattern or design. Tile will stand up to the heaviest of floor traffic, but its downside is that it can feel cold. It’s also prone to being slippery when wet.
Vinyl is a more inexpensive kitchen floor design option compared to others. In this category I’ve included Linoleum and similar vinyl sheet flooring. Just because it tends to be less expensive than other options does not mean it is a lackluster choice. There are some really great colors and patterns available – even patterns that mimic a hardwood or tile floor. The downside of some vinyl products is the possibility of being punctured or torn (be careful when you move the fridge). Otherwise, it cleans easily and is a very budget friendly solution for almost any style of home.
Bamboo & Cork are a couple of eco-friendly options that are gaining in popularity. Bamboo is a strong and highly renewable resource that can provide an attractive and durable kitchen floor design with a look similar to hardwood.
Cork is also considered a green option in flooring as it is easily renewed in nature. It has a forgiving quality that provides a benefit for your feet. Cork also has noise dampening and insulating value. It works great for a customized look and comes in a variety of colors.
As you might expect, wall to wall carpeting is not an ideal choice for kitchens because of spills and messes. If you would like a softer, warmer edge to your kitchen floor design consider placing carpet runners or area rugs on top of one of the flooring option above. Then if you make too many messes and ruin the carpet it can be replaced without as much cost and hassle.