Posted on November 01 2019
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you are head chef and host of your own Food Network show. It’s the backdrop for family meals and gatherings with friends. The kitchen is always abuzz, from prepping, cooking and cleaning, to sharing family recipes and grabbing a midnight snack. With all the activity, it’s hard to avoid spills, splashes and other accidents.
When choosing flooring for your kitchen, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and find flooring that can meet your needs and stand the test of time. When you add your personal style, you will find beauty and joy every time you enter the busiest room of your home. With your lifestyle and design inspiration in mind, here are some kitchen flooring options to consider for your home.
There’s nothing like a gorgeous and timeless hardwood floor for your kitchen. Available in a variety of stains and styles, you can find the perfect hardwood flooring to fit your home. Additional factors such as wood species, finish and manufacturing method impact the durability of hardwood floors. Consider a rustic look or lighter color with low-gloss finish that can help hide wear and scratches that result from all the activity in your kitchen.
Solid hardwood expands and contracts with changes in humidity and temperature, making it susceptible to water damage. For improved durability, consider engineered hardwood flooring with a thick veneer, which can be sanded and refinished a few times to extend the life of the floor. While spills are bound to happen in your kitchen, wipe them up right away to avoid damage to your floor. With a little care and the right cleaning products, you can preserve the beauty of hardwood floors for years to come.
A beautiful tile floor can make your kitchen magazine worthy. Available in many design options, from natural stone to wood inspired plank styles, you can find the perfect tile flooring to achieve your kitchen goals. Tile floors are extremely durable and can withstand the heavy foot traffic and activity in kitchens while maintaining their beauty for years to come.
Consider adding an area rug to your prep space and in front of the sink to provide some comfort and warmth to the hard tile surface. Dropped dishes can’t compete with sturdy tile floors, but area rugs can help cushion the fall.
With designs that mimic wood or tile, laminate flooring offers many style and color options. It is easy to clean and has a sealant layer that makes it resistant to scratches and stains. Laminate can be damaged by liquids that are left to sit too long, so wipe up spills quickly.
Laminate is warmer and softer underfoot than tile, but the surface can be a bit slick. Consider a finish with some texture and avoid high gloss finishes that can turn kitchen spills into a slippery situation.
Luxury vinyl is the hero of waterproof flooring, which makes it perfect for homes with little helpers in the kitchen or four-legged vacuum cleaners. It is easy to maintain and can be cleaned with a vacuum and damp mop. Luxury vinyl is comprised of multiple layers that make it durable and able to resist scratches and wear and handle spills without worry. The multi-layer construction also provides some warmth and comfort underfoot.
For any hard surface flooring in your kitchen, consider adding area rugs or cushion mats to provide more comfort for you and protect your floor from dents and scratches. If you enter your home through the kitchen, invest in a good door mat to protect those beautiful floors from rainwater and debris that can be tracked into your home. Check out our other cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your kitchen floors looking brand new for years to come.
The right flooring will transform your kitchen into a Bravo-approved set, so contact our design consultants to answer your questions and get started on the path to your dream kitchen. Whether you’re looking for hardwood, luxury vinyl, laminate, tile or area rugs, our Molyneaux team is ready to help you find the perfect flooring for your home.