The kitchen is often called the heart of the home – so it’s important that your kitchen flooring helps to create the ideal heart for your home.
Whether you want a luxury kitchen with a high-end finish or a warm, rustic affair that’s suitable for the whole family, here are our favourite kitchen flooring options plus some crucial things to think about when choosing your materials.
Choosing the Best Kitchen Flooring
While some types of flooring are more suited to a kitchen environment, choosing your kitchen floor ultimately comes down to your personal needs and tastes.
Think about the kind of kitchen you’re trying to create and how you use the space in your day-to-day life. If you’re in and out of your kitchen all day, you might need a floor that can withstand heavy traffic. If you’re a messy (sorry, creative) cook, you might want to go for a floor that’s slip-resistant and waterproof.
Remember, a durable kitchen floor doesn’t need to be unattractive. Nowadays, plenty of the most hard-wearing floors are also designed to look great.
Kitchen Flooring Considerations
You want to choose kitchen flooring that is versatile and can withstand a bit of wear and tear. So, here are a few things you should consider:
Property style and size
Your kitchen flooring is often dictated by the size and style of your property. Larger kitchen spaces can take brighter colours and more complex designs or textures. Smaller kitchens might benefit from more neutral, natural materials that can help them feel more spacious.
Your kitchen floor also depends on your existing colour scheme. If your kitchen is quite simple, you can afford to be bold with your flooring choices. If your kitchen already features strong colours or patterns though, remember to factor these in when choosing your floor.
If you have little ones in the house, choosing a kitchen floor is a matter of safety as well as aesthetic. Kitchen floors should be slip-resistant and hygienic anyway but this is even more important if you have little ones crawling or toddling around. Pets should also be taken into consideration; think about going for a scratch-resistant material to avoid any damage done by claws.
Affordable or Durable?
Thanks to recent innovations in flooring materials, there’s no longer such a big compromise to be made between the cost of your flooring and how long it lasts. Plenty of the more affordable options like laminate and LVT are just as hard-wearing as more traditional choices like hardwood. Still, this is an important point to consider when deciding on your budget.
Your Kitchen Flooring Choices
Wood flooring is about as classic as it gets in a kitchen. Solid wood is incredibly hard-wearing and perfect for a busy cooking space. Wood floors are easy to mop up in the event of kitchen spills and can even add value to your home.
Bear in mind that wood flooring can cost more than other options and take a little more work to maintain. The hardest woods, like oak and teak, are best in kitchens as they’re less likely to dent and scratch. Kersaint Cobb assigns each of its wood floors with a home rating so you can see which options are best for your kitchen.
If hardwood floors are out of your price range, you can mimic the finish with wood laminate. Contemporary wood laminate is so realistic, you can rarely tell it apart from the real thing. It’s also more low-maintenance than real wood, with scratch-resistant, slip-proof surfaces and waterproof coating that makes it ideal for use in the kitchen.
You’re not constrained to wood finishes with laminate, either. Balterio does a stunning Pure Stone range that gives you a luxury stone finish without any of the cost or discomfort underfoot.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Tiled kitchen floors are attractive and versatile. You can opt for patterned tiles if you’re creating a rustic, Mediterranean vibe or go for sleek, minimalist tiles if you want a more modern finish.
Unfortunately, ceramic tiles are costly and can be easily chipped. They’re not always the easiest to replace in the event of damage.
Which is why we love Luxury Vinyl Tile, or LVT, instead. Luxury vinyl tiles are one of the most low-maintenance kitchen floors on the market. They are scratch- and slip-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean, making them ideal for family kitchens – especially if you have children or pets.
LVT is also incredibly versatile (pardon the pun). It comes in a range of patterns, designs, colours, and finishes so your options are limitless when it comes to creating a unique and stylish kitchen floor. Brands like Karndean and Harvey Maria stock a range of LVT from patterned ceramic-look tiles to stone and wood finishes. Need something very hard-wearing for a busy kitchen? Go for an extra-durable brand like Polyflor.
Think you’ve found the perfect kitchen flooring? Pop into our showroom to see our wood, laminate, and LVT ranges or contact us today if you need more help choosing. Once you’ve made your choice, enjoy our free measure and design service – delivered in the comfort of your home.