Designing and Installing a new customised kitchen in your home isn’t one of the makeovers you get to do very often in life, so choosing the right elements that will, not only look great, but stand the test of time are essential in order to create the perfect space for you.
One of the more costly elements that carries a lot of weight when it comes to a dream redesign, is the material and style of the flooring used. Whether it’s the latest trend or a tried and tested look that will see you well throughout the years, we’ve rounded up three of the best kitchen flooring styles to give your kitchen the wow factor.
1. Limestone tiles
For a beautifully delicate looking finish, you can’t go wrong with limestone tiles. The look of limestone is one of the reasons it’s so popular. It’s soft and light, providing a warm and earthy tone wherever it’s place. Hard-wearing, naturally dense, easy to clean and so very versatile, you can pick these up in a range of finishes, shades and sizes to suit any look you are going for in a kitchen makeover. Limestone tiles are made of natural stone, and it’s one of the most affordable options if you want to avoid artificial materials for your flooring, Limestone is a cheaper option compared to something like granite or marble. When its come to maintenance, you have to take care when cleaning, vacuuming and sweeping across limestone could scratch the surface, microfibre cloths and neutral cleaning products are recommended as limestone is vulnerable to acidity.
A style that is sticking around, hardwood flooring is stylish and sustainable, comes in a variety of natural colours, and doesn’t absorb dust or debris, making it easy to clean and maintain. It’s a great choice for the kitchen because you rarely need to replace hardwood flooring and repairs can be easily fixed. Wood flooring is softer and warmer underfoot than tile and looks more upscale than vinyl or laminate flooring. Wood also adds a comfortable, livable feel to a space due to its warmer colour palettes and natural essence. The Herringbone pattern is one that has an almost magical ability to pair with kitchens, whether they have a classic or contemporary vibe. Wood planks are arranged in a ‘W’ shape across the space to provide an eye-catching, geometric pattern. Mid and dark woods pair perfectly with on-trend navy, graphite or deep green cabinets, or you can mix it up and use with an all-white kitchen to allow the flooring to make a statement. The good news is that solid wood floors last for decades, even in the kitchen, as they can be refinished every 5 or so years and will look like new!
3. Concrete floor
It may sound unappealing, but a concrete floor in the kitchen has become very on-trend. Concrete flooring is becoming more mainstream as part of both contemporary and traditional home design. Taking into account the fact that grey is a popular choice in the home anyway at the moment, concrete also offers a water and stain resistant floor once sealed and set and presents a rather attractive finish to an industrial-style kitchen. Durable, elegant, and sleek, concrete is often successfully used in kitchens and bathrooms to create an ultra-modern look, but it can also be laid in bedrooms or living rooms for an unusual effect. A concrete floor also has practical advantages: it’s easy to clean, hardwearing, and looks even better as it ages. Poured floors have the benefit of creating a seamless finish and are resistant to cracks and chipping. The other aspect of concrete we like is its versatility, Concrete can be laid with underfloor heating and can be used for a continuous wall-to-floor finish. Architectural in appearance, concrete is ideal for creating an industrial look and can also usually be laid on existing substrates, including existing tiles, as long as there is suitable stability, and that it is free of movement and moisture. Concrete doesn’t have to look brutalist either, for a softer, more glamorous look, choose concrete with a glossy, polished finish, and it will look more like stone tile.
Have a great weekend
Clinton and Fiona