5 Trendy Floor Options to Consider Using for Your Kitchen
If you love to cook for your family, then there’s no doubt that the kitchen is one of the busiest areas in your house. Therefore, if you’re seriously considering upgrading it for style and function, you need to be discriminating with the materials you use.
According to an article in Country Living Magazine, kitchen floors, in particular, need to be made of the best quality materials. You want these to be easy to clean and moisture-resistant to maintain the hygiene in the place where you prepare your food.
To help you choose the best flooring material to use for your kitchen makeover, discussed below are a few options that interior designers and contractors strongly recommend.
1. Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring
This beautiful and modern option is actually a concrete floor treated with a unique coating which has been on-trend for many years now. It’s a smart choice for kitchen flooring because epoxy terrazzo flooring is durable or heavy-duty, so it can withstand heavy foot traffic which kitchens are subjected to. With this material, you get kitchen floors that you won’t need to replace for a very long time.
Additionally, it is low-maintenance, very easy to clean, and scratch- and stain-resistant. It’s important to note, too, that it has a flawless and hygienic finish resistant to moisture, mold, and microbial growth – ensuring a healthy environment for food preparation. It’s environmentally friendly, as well, because the coating is a non-porous material, which can help improve indoor air quality.
Lastly, it comes in different beautiful designs created by chips of precious stones, mother of pearl, glass, and other hard materials. You can even create a customized design that will perfectly suit the overall aesthetics of your kitchen and the rest of your home.
2. Hardwood Floors
When it comes to charm, there’s undoubtedly no beating hardwood floors. These are commonly used in country homes and cottages, as well as other traditional house designs. Plus, hardwood ages impressively when well-maintained, and you can’t overlook the nice sound it makes when people walk on it.
Currently, light-colored hardwood floors are popular. Cedarwood, in particular, is in demand for modern homes. If you would see Muji design homes, the floors are usually made of cedarwood and for a good reason. This wood is clearly pleasing to the eyes. It reflects light, and it creates a lovely cozy atmosphere.
On top of that, cedarwood has a pleasant scent, and it is also known to repel bacteria. And, houses with hardwood floors usually sell well, say, real estate experts. But, perhaps the best thing about it is it’s recyclable. The only downsides are the cost of the wood, how it’s vulnerable to certain pests, and how repairs and replacements typically require expert services to restore its appearance.
3. Mosaic Ceramic Tiles
Decorative mosaic ceramic tiles are top picks, too, because who says you can’t get creative with your kitchen floors? Typically, people reserve the pretty tiles for the splashback of their kitchen, but you can use them for floors, as well. There are so many designs and shapes to choose from that can give your kitchen a unique vibe.
When it comes to aesthetics, it truly is so much easier to achieve with these materials. Plus, they offer the advantage of being easy to clean, which is why they’re the top choice for splashbacks. You just need a wet chamois to clean the surface. However, mosaic ceramic tiles are not as durable as wood and other flooring materials.
It usually doesn’t take much for ceramic tiles to crack or completely break apart. If you accidentally drop a plate on it — for sure, it’s not just the broken pieces of the plate that you have to sweep away but also the damaged tile.
It’s never safe to leave a broken tile untreated because it can cut or injure. But, the good thing is, ceramic tiles are easy to replace. Therefore, when you have your floors changed using mosaic ceramic tiles, make sure you have extras in stock for repairs and replacements.
4. Waterproof Vinyl Tiles
The best advantage with waterproof vinyl tiles is they are affordable. Also, they’re easy to clean, and they come in a massive variety of designs. There are vinyl tiles that can look like stone, wood, or decorative concrete. Most important of all, they are very easy to install — even first-time DIY-ers can easily pull off the application of waterproof vinyl tiles for their kitchen.
However, most people find that vinyl tiles are not that durable. If you move furniture around in the kitchen, the top film of the tiles can peel off easily, and it won’t look nice. Also, it can wrinkle when exposed to heat.
Stone floors, along with concrete floors, are the most durable flooring materials. They do not break easily, and they will maintain their polished appearance even if you drop something hot on them, which is why these are perfect for use in the kitchen.
There are different kinds of stone floors that you can use. Granite is a top choice along with marble. However, in recent years, many have taken to using more precious stones such as rose quartz and honey onyx. They’re impressively lovely, but their price can be an enormous setback.
Another issue that some people have with stone floors is they can get very cold. This is not a problem if you live in a place with a warm climate, but if you live up north where it’s cold the greater part of the year, you may need to place a carpet to bring warmth to the kitchen. Consider carpet tiles that you can strategically place where you need foot cushioning and warmth the most.
These are the trendiest floor options to use for your kitchen makeover. They all offer something special in terms of function and style for a frequently used part of the house.
Which among these fit your personal aesthetics and functional requirements? Is it concrete treated with epoxy terrazzo coating? Marble perhaps, reclaimed hardwood or something else?
Tell us in the comment section below.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.