The kitchen flooring influences the room in different ways. It impacts how it looks and how easy the kitchen is to walk around in. When renovating, you'll have different options to consider, a few of which are listed below.
A classic option is wooden floorboards, which come in a range of species and tones. You could harmonise pale timber with a Scandi kitchen or choose grey-toned wood for industrial decor. Timber complements white, minimalist kitchens, bringing a warm touch to the room.
Timber isn't too hard, and crockery won't necessarily break if you drop it on the flooring. However, the floorboards tend to expand and contract as they absorb and release the humidity in the air. This affects the evenness of the planks. Engineered planks are more stable. They consist of a plywood core with a timber slice glued to the top.
If you love the appearance of wood but want something more suited to kitchens, you could opt for luxury vinyl planks with a faux wood finish. These consist of several layers. A hard vinyl core is covered with vinyl imprinted with a timber photo. The planks are also embossed with grain patterns to give the flooring a realistic tactile feel.
While these floors look pretty genuine, once you walk on them, you'll notice their comfort and softness compared to hardwood. Vinyl planks are also water-resistant, and spills and accidents are unlikely to damage the floor. Be careful, however, when moving dining tables and heavy furniture. Sliding them on the floor can cause damage.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
A classic flooring option to consider is ceramic or porcelain tiles. These clay tiles are fired in an oven. Porcelain uses a different clay and is heated to higher temperatures, making it ultra-hard and impervious to water. This quality is perfect for kitchens, as you can spill liquids without causing damage to the floor. Ceramic tiles can be covered with a glaze that makes them impervious as well.
You'll have many design options with tiles as they come in a diverse range of colours. You can install brightly patterned tiles or ones in a subdued brown or terracotta colour. They can also be treated to mimic wood and natural stone. These floors are relatively hard, though. Thus, if you work a lot in the kitchen, your legs may feel it more. Additionally, fragile items are likely to break if you accidentally drop them.
Salutations! My name is Donna, and this is my remodelling blog. On this blog, I plan to write about everything, from hiring remodelling contractors, to doing the work yourself, to choosing the finishing touches to complement your project. My writing draws from my experience remodelling my first home, and I also plan to include some of the research I have done on this topic as well. I am a mum for four kids who are all grown, and my first grandchild is on the way soon. I love to knit, quilt and spin. I also love to read design magazines and spend time in nature. Thanks for reading.