The kitchen is the heart of the home. We use them as a place to prepare, and more often than not to eat, meals multiple times a day. We also use them as gathering places, areas to do work, and occasionally as a warm, comfortable place to unwind. For the kitchen to meet all these needs and more, it needs to be beautiful, functional, and comfortable. While there are many factors that go into all this, one that you should not overlook is the floor. The floor is so much more than just the surface that you walk on, so make sure you’re choosing the right one for your kitchen.
Part of the reason you’re looking for new floors is likely that you want something that looks nicer. Aesthetics will play a huge role in your enjoyment of your kitchen. Your flooring should match the style of the rest of the kitchen, including the walls and cabinets. An industrial, concrete floor would look out of place in a farmhouse style kitchen. Looking over interior decorating magazines or Pinterest can help you narrow down the types of floors that look good with your style of kitchen.
When you consider the cost of the new floor, don’t forget to look at the big picture. Of course the cost of the materials will be a huge part, but there is also the issue of installation, which will take both money and time, and additional materials that may be needed. Make sure your flooring professional explains all of the associated costs of each option.
If you have time on your hands to spend in the kitchen, the odds are good that you don’t want to spend it cleaning, especially the floor. There are many flooring choices out there that are easy to clean and maintain. You should also consider how you will use the space. If you tend to be in the kitchen, on your feet, for long periods, you may want to choose a natural material that has some give, such as wood. Harder materials, like tile and concrete, can cause leg strain and tiredness after long periods of standing.
Research the pros and cons of the various flooring materials you have available to you. Hardwood provides a timeless elegance and can be refinished and renewed, helping it stand the test of time. On the other hand, it can be tricky to care for and maintain. Engineered wood is easy to install and care for, but it can’t be refinished as easily. Laminate is also easy to install and comes in a wide range of prices, but it also can’t be refinished. Finally, tile is durable and fairly easy to clean, but installation can be tricky and expensive.
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