But flooring could actually be the most important choice you make for your new kitchen. It takes up a considerable surface area, so will play a big part in how the finished kitchen looks overall. As well as looking amazing, your kitchen floor also needs to be practical, durable and easy to clean.
Which type of flooring to choose
Let’s start by taking look at a few of your options when it comes to kitchen flooring material:
Solid wood flooring looks incredible, especially in a country-style kitchen. Unfortunately, wood isn’t a fan of moisture and changes in temperature, which you’ll find in abundance in most kitchens. If you choose a wood floor, make sure you seal it properly with the right protective finish.
There’s also the option of engineered wood flooring. This can be cheaper than solid wood and is less prone to warping when exposed to moisture.
Tiled kitchen floors are versatile, easy to lay, durable and really easy to maintain. You can also find tiles that realistically mimic almost every other material, such as wood or concrete.
Stone floors are more expensive than some other floor types, but they offer a high-quality, luxurious look that could potentially add value to your kitchen. Stone is also hard-wearing and durable, but only when properly sealed.
If budget is a concern, go for laminate kitchen flooring. It’s a great-looking, durable alternative to real wood at a fraction of the price, plus it’s easy to install and look after. Just make sure you choose one that’s suitable for use in kitchens.
It may not be the most eco-friendly option, but concrete offers a highly durable, low maintenance option. It’s really versatile too, available in a range of colours and finishes (such as polished or stone effect) that add a strikingly contemporary edge to the space.
6. Vinyl, lino and rubber
These are all cheap and cheerful options for your kitchen floor, but that also come in a wide variety of modern, attractive patterns and colours. They’re warmer underfoot than other floor types, while still being tough and hard-wearing. Plus, some materials such as lino are hygienic.
Which floor is right for you?
When choosing a new kitchen floor, remember that it needs to complement the style and colour scheme of the room as a whole. But it isn’t all about looks. Think about how you use the space and how tough the floor needs to be. If your kitchen really is the heart of the home, it’s best to go for a practical choice rather than a material that could be damaged easily.
And if you have kids and/or pets, easy cleaning is an absolute must. The last thing you want is to be on your knees hoovering the grouting every day.
It’s worth investing in your kitchen floor, but it’s just as important to get a good fit. Use a reputable fitter with experience in fitting your type of kitchen floor, and seek recommendations and testimonials from previous customers before choosing.
Here at A&J Kitchens, we specialise in all aspects of kitchen fitting. We can either fit your floor ourselves, or call on one of our trusted partners to complete an expert, detail-perfect finish. Get in touch for advice and to get a free quote.