Collaborative Post¦ When fitting a new kitchen there are many things to consider. The layout, work surface materials, cabinet doors, potentially getting new appliances and the overall colour choice of the room (to name just a few). One thing that you absolutely cannot overlook is flooring. It may not initially seem as important as those other areas, but the kind of flooring you choose for your kitchen is vital to ensuring the room functions as it should, and it can also have a significant impact on how easy your new kitchen is to live with.
With this in mind, this post is intended to highlight five things to keep in mind when choosing a new kitchen floor. Hopefully, this can help you if you’re in the process of redesigning and planning out your new kitchen!
Maintenance and cleaning
When imagining a new space in your home, it can be easy to forget about the practicality of what we have in mind. It’s important to remember that everything you put in your home will need to be cleaned and looked after to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible. The flooring you choose for a new kitchen is a perfect example of this.
Choosing a floor with low maintenance needs and is easy to clean is crucial for busy rooms such as the kitchen. With family homes in particular, the kitchen really is the heart of the home, and as such, the floor can face quite a lot of challenges. It’s easy for food or drinks to be spilt in a kitchen and having a floor which is easy to clean when this happens will make your life much easier. Equally, spending a lot of time, and potentially money, making sure the floor is properly maintained to keep it looking its best is not many people’s idea of fun. Therefore, a low maintenance flooring material is more suitable for family homes and in particular rooms such as the kitchen.
Making sure the new floor you choose to go with your new kitchen is going to last is essential. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of money on a new kitchen and then be faced with the prospect of having to replace the flooring just a few years later as the one you initially chose wasn’t suitable.
One of the key features of a kitchen floor should always be durability. As mentioned above, your kitchen floor can be faced with a lot of challenges it needs to withstand. Materials such as natural hardwood may seem like a great option for kitchen floors, but in reality, wood is a porous material meaning it can absorb liquids, which could also cause stains. As spills are common in a kitchen, this makes wood flooring not the ideal choice. Vinyl flooring is much more durable, along with being easy to clean and maintain, and makes a far more practical choice for a kitchen floor.
Ensuring your floors are comfortable underfoot is a crucial part of creating rooms that you will continue to love for years to come. Many people think that carpet is the only flooring option that provides comfort underfoot, but this is not the case. Thanks to its multiple layer construction, vinyl flooring offers a softer feel underfoot than ceramic tiles or hardwood. It also provides an excellent surface under which to install underfloor heating, which can help heat your home and create lovely warm floors to walk on, even barefoot on a cold winter’s morning.
When spending the time and effort to create a stunning kitchen with carefully thought-out cabinet door colours and work surface materials, it makes sense to also explore options when it comes to flooring designs. Whatever kind of material you choose for your floor, there are lots of different laying patterns that can help change your flooring style to suit your taste. With materials such as vinyl, you also have the option to experiment with the colour of flooring to create a bold and creative flooring design. It’s important to remember if you’re doing this that you should try and balance out the colours between your floor and the rest of the kitchen, as lots of colours across your cabinets, work surfaces and floor could be overwhelming.
Depending on your home’s design, a new kitchen floor may mean a change to more flooring in other rooms. If you have an open plan home changing the flooring in your kitchen can have a knock-on effect on other rooms flooring. Continuous flooring through multiple rooms can look fantastic, but you need to keep this in mind when considering your design. If your kitchen is not linked directly to other rooms but separated by doors, you still need to keep in mind how your new floor will look next to the existing floor in your other rooms. Finding a flooring design that you can join to another without a sharp, noticeable, and highly contrasting finish can help make your home’s rooms feel more connected, rather than individually designed spaces.
Overall, the flooring in your kitchen can really help make the room a fantastic space that you can enjoy spending time in. By taking the time to think about the right flooring choice carefully, you can help elevate your kitchen both in regard to design and practicality.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.