Hardwood Kitchen Flooring – Kitchen Design & Remodel by Case Design/Remodeling
While kitchen floors sometimes may be forgotten in the excitement of preparing a special meal for guests, they are the foundation statement of what follows, and in a sense, the canvas on which we sketch our kitchen dreams. Here we consider two vital aspects to any kitchen remodel: which floor materials are we going to choose, and what kitchen floor patterns for tiles are trending right now.
Your Choice of Kitchen Floor Materials
Transitional Kitchen Design by Case Design/Remodeling
There are several aspects to consider before having kitchen flooring installed. If you are looking to make a statement coordinate the color, texture, and pattern to harmonize with the other aspects kitchen. What style will the kitchen be? Will it be farmhouse, rustic, traditional, transitional, contemporary, modern, mid-century or Scandinavian? Cost is important and so is lifestyle. Are you looking to make a statement or are you looking for a low maintenance option, and making sure the surface easy to clean?
Some say Hardwood Flooring makes the ultimate statement, because it is beautifully robust and resists spills and stains. It can be hard on the feet, so you may need to put a mat down if you tend to stand in one spot for a long periods of time. One of biggest benefits to Laminate Flooring besides lower cost is the time it takes to install, speed it goes down, and its virtual durability. Seal the joints around the wash-up area. Water is not laminate’s friend.with the other aspects of our planning. Do we want to go country style, rustic, traditional, contemporary, or très chic? Cost is important and so is lifestyle. Is the surface easy to clean?
If you already have kitchen flooring installed, make sure this is level before considering Bamboo Wood Flooring because imperfections show through it. It scratches and dents quite easily too. Keep pet’s nails clipped and no stilettos allowed! Cork Flooring is the cook’s friend because it is lovely to stand on and warm underfoot. Unfortunately, it is not that robust so you need to be mindful of spills and not walk over it in sandy shoes.
Vinyl Flooring is coming back in fashion with new textures and patterns that can fool the eye. It is tough enough for normal use and crawler / toddler friendly. At the price, it is a good choice for young families. Pretty much the same applies to Linoleum Floors. As a plus, these are naturally antibacterial and antistatic, so hygienic and easy to clean.
There is hardly a kitchen without Ceramic Tiles installed somewhere. They can stand up to heavy foot traffic but they do chip with abuse. Make sure they are properly cemented down and grouted in the joints. The current trend is larger tiles with narrower grout lines as this makes kitchens feel more spacious.
All the Tiling Patterns to Choose From
Left;Straight Herringbone Floor Design by Jennifer Cavorsi Design | Right;Cement Tile by Cement Tile Shop – Handmade Encaustic Cement Tiles
Straight Lay means aligning all the grout lines in a square grid. This remains one of the popular kitchen designs because it brings out the natural beauty of the material. Make sure you hire an experienced company to lay them. Wavy grout lines can mar an otherwise perfect effect. If your tiles are rectangular, you can lay the longer ends across the dimension you want to look wider. Running Bond is similar except the joints are staggered like a brick wall.
Left; Diagonal Hardwood Flooring Design by exquisite kitchen design | Right; Running Bond Tile Pattern Case Design/Remodeling Halifax
Diagonal Tiling is fun but needs a steady hand to align the grout lines symmetrically against the walls especially if the room is not perfectly square! If that is the case, consider mixing different size tiles in a Modular Design as this is more forgiving. There are endless variations on these themes but space is running out.
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