Choose the right flooring to complement your new kitchen

Posted in Blog
20 September 2021

Choose a stylish kitchen floor for your new kitchen.

To finish your new kitchen to perfection, choosing the right flooring materials to compliment your design is essential.

As well as the look of the floor, you’ll also want to consider how easy it is to keep clean. Plus, will additional maintenance be required to keep it in good condition?

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are versatile, easy to maintain and durable. They come in a vast range of colours and finishes and can be made to look like concrete, natural stone or wood.

With the choice of plain or patterned tiles, you’ll be able to find a style to suit your new kitchen. The only downside to porcelain tiles is that they can feel cold underfoot. They also create a very hard surface, and dropped objects are likely to smash.

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are not as expensive as porcelain and come in a huge range of colours, patterns and finishes, including gloss and matt. Like porcelain, they can be made to look like stone or wood.

The downside to ceramic is that it’s more porous than porcelain, which means it could stain when a porcelain tile wouldn’t.

Natural stone tiles

Natural stone is a perfect material for kitchen floors as it’s hygienic and easy to clean. However, it’s porous, and a sealant is necessary to prevent staining. Natural stone will also need to be resealed over the years to keep it looking good.

Slate, marble, granite, limestone and travertine all have unique veining and colour characteristics, which is what makes them stand apart from manmade flooring. Like porcelain, natural stone is cold underfoot and unforgiving if you drop a breakable item.

Engineered wood flooring

The structure of engineered wood flooring makes it more stable than solid wood flooring in kitchens with constantly changing moisture levels and temperatures.

Engineered wood boards are made by layering a softwood or plywood base with a wood or wood-effect top. A central core prevents top and bottom layers from moving so that the boards don’t warp with moisture, which solid wood will do.

Engineered wood comes in different finishes and sizes and gives you the option of a wood finish without the expense of a solid wood floor.

Solid wood flooring

As mentioned above, solid wood flooring is more prone to heat and moisture damage than engineered wood. A protective finish of linseed oil or lacquer can help to seal and protect the wood making it more hardwearing.

Solid wood flooring will require maintenance, and any spills should be cleaned up quickly to avoid staining. However, it can be sanded to remove stain and scuff marks and re-finished with a sealant afterwards.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice as it’s durable, water-resistant, easy to clean and maintain. It’s also warmer underfoot than porcelain and ceramic tiles or natural stone.

Vinyl can be made to look like anything, including natural wood or stone surfaces. There are so many patterns, finishes and colours to choose from, it will be easy to find a design to suit your new kitchen.

Linoleum flooring

Linoleum is made from natural sustainable materials including linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, pigments, limestone and jute. It’s hardwearing and extremely hygienic as bacteria can’t live on it and nor can dust mites, making it a good option if you have allergies.

Linoleum is a favourite in kitchens as it resists water and stains, is easy to clean and maintain, and has the additional advantage of being warm and comfortable underfoot.

Laminate flooring

Laminate is durable, comes in different finishes and is easy to fit in planks. However, you will need to choose a laminate that’s designed for kitchens as some aren’t made for damp environments.

Laminate is a good option if you’re on a budget but want a flooring that will last.

Concrete flooring

Suitable for urban designs, concrete will give a cutting edge to your kitchen. It’s hardwearing and easy to keep clean.

Polished concrete offers a sheen while still being non-slip. However, concrete isn’t the most comfortable surface underfoot and can feel cold.

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At K Interiors, we’re dedicated to delivering a seamless experience from initial project planning and kitchen design through to ordering, delivery and install.

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