When renovating or extending a kitchen, choosing the right kitchen flooring for your lifestyle or design objectives can be a challenge for many homeowners. Following are a few points and tips to help you with the process.
Kitchen flooring colour and style
When planning your project and ideally before the project starts, you should have a clear idea on the style, colour and texture you want to include in your kitchen.
Some homeowners will hire an interior design specialist however, if your budget won’t stretch for such a service, then be your own interior designer.
Gather a range of samples including wall paint, kitchen worktop, wall tiles, flooring and even window framing swatches and collate a ‘mood board’ or ‘inspiration board’ which will help you visualise what looks best.
Ask a friend or family member for their thoughts, as a second opinion just might give you a new perspective or help firm-up your ideas.
Consider kitchen flooring that fits your lifestyle
Pets, heels and children’s toys can lead to some floor materials wearing considerably quicker than homeowners would otherwise desire. But if you are open to a little wearing, which a bit of home maintenance can fix, then your floor options are endless.
However, if you want low maintenance, seeking warmth underfoot or even planning to install underfloor heating, then careful consideration of flooring materials will be required.
2019 Trending kitchen floor materials
Based on a 2019 Houzz US Kitchen Trends Study, ceramic and porcelain tiles has taken the lead as a preferred choice with homeowners over hardwood flooring.
However, the combine stats show that engineered flooring has become the most popular, with 40% of respondents opting for engineered flooring like vinyl, laminate and engineered wood.
It’s no surprise that hardwood flooring has lost its position by 8% points since the 2017 survey. Hardwood flooring does look beautiful but it is more expensive and isn’t as great dealing with moisture compared to engineered wood.
If you are planning an underfloor heating system (UFH), then tiles will be the best choice, but advances in engineered wood, laminate and vinyl are materials that will also work now too.
Sustainable kitchen flooring options
Many homeowners are choosing sustainable flooring options including cork, or reclaimed wood – but do your homework, as some eco-friendly labelling might not live up to the promise.
When making your sustainable choice, consider its ability to be recycled, if it is manufactured responsibly and its toxicity to the environment.
Bamboo flooring might be touted as sustainable, but many bamboo forests are not being sustainably managed, some flooring variations may have had toxic adhesives (formaldehyde binders) applied and Fair Trade Certification has yet to be the standard.
If you are looking for a mid-century sustainable style, then explore cork flooring. Cork is manufactured from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grows back every few years, is biodegradable and is one of the least expensive flooring options.
My sister has a cork floor; it's lovely and warm underfoot, easy to keep clean, heavy traffic areas and furniture don’t cause tracks and is a great sound insulator which is perfect for her noisy and busy household.
For materials like engineered, hardwood or laminate flooring, there are many homeowners who will be able to install themselves. However, while laying boards is a relatively easy task, completing a professional finish for beading, skirting and thresholds is often the hardest part of the project.
While the cost of laying your own floors will be considerably less, DIY enthusiasts need to consider the cost of hiring tools, the time invested as well as ensuring that wastage is kept to a minimum. These are all hidden costs that are not obvious when reviewing a flooring project.
Ceramic and porcelain tile DIY install is even more challenging with a high learning curve, not just on mortar mix, layout and laying but also cutting, wall edging, grouting and sealing. Most homeowners will be able to master laying tiles – but accomplishing an expert finish is a job for the professionals.
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