Replacing tile or linoleum with wood flooring will add character and warmth to any kitchen. Hardwood flooring and other similar looking materials come in a variety of different styles and colors that will complement the latest kitchen cabinets. The following points will help prepare you to make your selection in light of recent flooring trends.
Moisture Resistant Flooring
One of the most important factors a homeowner needs to consider when choosing a flooring material for the kitchen is moisture resistance. Be sure to select a flooring that can handle moisture well, in case the dishwasher leaks or a smaller spill goes unnoticed for too long. Bamboo flooring is a trendy option that is slightly better at handling moisture than other wood; however, it has the serious drawback of being easily scratched. Engineered wood flooring has a layer of real wood on the surface and is arguably the best choice for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Hardwood is ever popular, though, and many homeowners do a great job at keeping it in excellent condition. Regardless of which type of wood floor is selected, a quality underlay can help with protecting the subfloor from moisture damage.
Laminate flooring is inexpensive and is more moisture resistant than hardwood. This is due to the clear layer of melamine that is added to a laminate floor’s surface to protect its woodchip base. This is called the “wear layer,” and it is also scratch resistant. For these reasons, laminate flooring may be ideal for homes with small children or pets.
Wide Plank Flooring
Consider a flooring style with wider boards, which will give your kitchen that old-world feel. Wide planks are perfect for a farmhouse-style country kitchen. Think dark flooring with pale yellow walls and homey décor. Eight inch planks are an ideal, middle-of-the-road size for this style of kitchen. Wide plank styles are available regardless of which type of material is used.
Grey wood floors with black cabinets are an elegant combination that will work well with the current grey-neutral paint colors that have become increasingly popular. This modern look will go perfectly with stainless steel appliances.
Brightly Painted Floors
Painting your wood flooring in just the kitchen is a great way to brighten up the space and set it apart from the rest of the home. Cobalt blue and sea foam green are both in vogue, and either color will provide a welcome contrast to white cabinets. Patterned floors can add interest and are best achieved with the use of stencils.
There are so many options in flooring, and wood flooring can be an excellent choice– even in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Your family and lifestyle will determine the type of material chosen, and your decorating tastes will determine the color and style. Balancing beauty and durability is the key to selecting the best flooring for your kitchen.