It's not just about the kitchen floor. It's about the whole kitchen and how you use it. The flooring you choose should showcase your style and coordinate with the rest of your house, yet it should be practical. There are many great flooring options for kitchens - Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic and Vinyl being some popular choices. When narrowing your selection, remember these five tips to find the floor that is right for the heart of your home, your lifestyle and most importantly, your family.
Make Sure it’s Durable
This important characteristic applies to many aspects of flooring, but in this case it can make the difference between replacing flooring in a few years and enjoying it for years to come. These days, kitchens are the command center for cooking, homework, family gatherings and more. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile, in particular, are known for their durability and can withstand the most heavy traffic areas in the home.
Choose Flooring that’s Easy to Clean
Spills are a fact of life in the kitchen. And, if you have kids or pets, it could be a particular challenge to keep your floor clean. So it's wise to select a product that won't require a complicated cleaning routine. Vinyl Flooring is a great option because it cleans up with a good sweeping or light daily vacuuming and a weekly mopping. Plus, with sheet Vinyl Flooring, there are no stubborn grout lines to clean, so everyday care and maintenance is a snap.
Think About Moisture and Stain Resistance
Accidents happen, especially in the kitchen. Most flooring options can withstand an occasional splash as long as it's wiped up quickly. Food spills can stain many types of flooring, so look for flooring that is equipped with a protective finish. Laminate Flooring is a great option because of its top layer that helps protect it from moisture and stains.
Coordinate Flooring and Cabinets
Since flooring and cabinets are the focal points in any kitchen, we recommend choosing them together. Try to pick flooring and cabinets that complement each other instead of trying to create an exact match. For instance, if you have dark kitchen cabinets with an espresso stain, you might consider a lighter-toned Laminate Flooring or Bamboo so the cabinets are the color focal point. Whereas white or honey-colored cabinetry might call for darker-toned Hardwood Flooring. Choosing cabinets and flooring colors that contrast will create visual interest and make your kitchen a warm and inviting space in your home.
Consider the Overall Design Style
What are you trying to achieve? A soft country vibe? A sleek and modern look? Or maybe something fun and retro? Make sure your flooring choice complements and completes the theme. For instance, choose hand-scraped Hardwood Flooring for an inviting Country French feeling, or light-colored Ceramic Tile for a high-end, sleek and modern look. Whatever theme you end up choosing, just be sure to stay true to yourself and your sense of style.
Our best advice is to keep it simple. Make a choice that will allow the overall room to make a statement. Think of the floor as the stage for all the visual "action" of the cabinets, backsplash and fixtures. It's probably best to avoid elaborate or intricate patterns. That's not to say you have to be vanilla in your approach. Just strive for a balance among all the elements.