When it comes to kitchen design, flooring is often the first thing you notice. Is your floor clean? Does it look like it’s worn down? Is it bright and vibrant or cool and casual? The look of your flooring speaks volumes about your design priorities.
Choosing kitchen flooring comes down to more than looks, though. You’ll need to sit down and think about your use of your kitchen and how you want it to look before you get started.
Keep reading and learn more about your flooring options and get some new kitchen remodel ideas.
What do you want in a floor?
Before you settle on a kind of flooring you want, ask yourself these questions:
- How often do you cook? Are you a master chef or are you an expert with microwaves and takeout? If you enjoy cooking, consider how much time you’ll spend standing in the kitchen. Hard flooring will be a pain on your feet and legs without a rug to cushion you. Cooking means spills too, so consider flooring that’s easier to clean.
- Do you want your flooring to blend in or stand out? Flooring can be the focal point of your room if you want it to be, but if you prefer to show off your custom-made cabinets, there’s other options available. Consider what you really want to showcase about your kitchen when deciding a flooring color.
- How long do you plan on keeping this flooring? Certain kitchen flooring styles may last for only a decade or two before needing to be replaced, whereas some flooring can last indefinitely, provided it’s properly cared for. Also, think about how the needs of your home could change over time. For instance, if you have children, you’ll want softer, non-slip flooring.
- How much are you willing to pay? Some nice flooring options can cost a pretty penny, but it’s possible to find flooring that fits in your budget and looks nice. You’ll need to be aware of your budget while you shop around so you don’t fall in love with a flooring style that isn’t financially feasible.
What are your options?
There’s dozens of styles of flooring available, with thousands of options per style. We’ve listed some of the most popular styles to give a quick run-down.
Wood is great for someone who wants a classic look that endures the test of time. Not only is the material fairly low maintenance, it’s not difficult to clean. If you have an open floor plan, wood is a must for keeping your kitchen design consistent.
For a unique flooring option, consider a natural stone like limestone. While durable, it’s important to note that scratches and chips are possible. You’ll also want to have regular protective sealing to maintain the integrity of the stone. Though it may be more difficult to tend to, the beauty of natural stone is unlike any other.
Tile is the classic choice for kitchens. With unlimited color options and its easiness to clean, it’s no wonder you’ve seen so many tiled kitchens. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, be aware that it can be cold and hard under your feet.
If you want the look of wood or stone without the price tag, vinyl could be perfect for you. Not only is vinyl more cost-effective than other options, it’s better for your feet and perhaps the easiest material to clean. The main downside is its longevity, with the average lifespan of 10-20 years.
Cork is an eco-friendly, sustainable flooring option for your kitchen. The material is soft on your feet and absorbs noise, making loud footsteps a thing of the past. If you’re worried about mold, don’t worry – cork is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and termites.
Are you interested in updating the flooring in your kitchen?
Contact us at Amos Building Company. We can help you find a flooring option that suits your needs and let you know about other kitchen remodel ideas to improve your kitchen.