Last updated on April 28th, 2023
Battling a deluge of dropped utensils, spills, and cooking disasters is no easy task. Your kitchen flooring bears the brunt of your mishaps. If the quality of the material is not up to the mark, you are left with unsightly chipped and cracked tiles. And let’s face it.
Changing the flooring at the drop of a hat is neither affordable nor practical. So, what’s one to do? And which flooring materials are the best bet for your kitchen? Let’s explore some interesting options.
One of the most versatile flooring materials, ceramic tiles, is water-, heat-, and impact-resistant. Made with natural clay, ceramic tiles are glazed and fired under extreme heat, making them a durable flooring option. What’s more? These tiles are long-lasting, so you don’t need to replace them very often.
The best part is that these tiles are available in a variety of patterns and colors. Some available options even replicate the look of wood or stone flooring. Good workmanship is vital, so make sure your craftsman knows his job.
Natural stone flooring is manna from heaven, where aesthetics is concerned. Stone is resistant to heat resistant, and you don’t have to worry about chips or cracks. However, it depends on the stone you use, as they vary in strength and durability.
Granite has outstanding beauty and comes in a variety of shades and grains. As it doesn’t crack or chip easily, you are good to go. However, make sure you don’t go overboard with the polish, as it can be a safety hazard, especially if you have elderly parents living with you.
Marble is a great option too, but it’s best to avoid white or light colors as the porous stone is difficult to maintain. Baroda green is luxurious to look at and easier to maintain.
Hardwood was not a popular flooring option for the kitchen in the past. After all, wood and moisture are not the best bedmates. However, with evolving technology, this flooring is gaining popularity as sealants and polyurethane finish protect the wood from spills and moisture. However, if you are not meticulous, it’s best to give this flooring a pass, as sealants and polyurethane finishes can do only so much.
Terrazzo was a flooring staple in the later part of the 19th century. But while this flooring was an eyesore in those days, it has morphed into a style statement in recent years. This standout flooring is scratch-proof, easy to maintain, and will probably be there for the next generation to wonder at.
To maintain your terrazzo flooring, avoid harsh cleaners and sealers. Neutral pH products are your best bet.
Patterned flooring tiles
Patterned tiles are trending; and a perfect way to add pizzazz to your kitchen. The gorgeous patterns and colors are a great way to amp up the look of your kitchen. These tiles are durable, scratch resistant, and don’t crack easily.
A word of caution. If you decide on a bit of drama with your patterned flooring, avoid designs and prints on your walls or backsplash, or you will kill the look.
Vinyl is gaining popularity as a versatile flooring option as it is resistant to staining and moisture. The charm of this flooring is it’s very easy to install and doesn’t cost much either. While standard vinyl flooring tends to fade over time, you can opt for LVF, or luxury vinyl flooring, a type of high-quality flooring that lasts for decades. It’s available in planks and tiles, so you get the desired look. As most of the patterns mimic stone or wood, you get a stunning effect without burning a hole in your pocket.
By and large, we focus on our countertops and cabinetry when designing a kitchen. While you can achieve a passably good décor with these elements, stylish flooring is essential if you want to knock the ball out of the park. Getting your look right isn’t difficult, but we will guide you through the process if you think you can’t wing it. Log in to homebliss.in for interesting ideas on home décor.