Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
It’s a New Year, a new you… But does your resolution list include some remodeling? If it does, it’s probably best to start with your kitchen – from the floors and work your way up. Kitchen floors are victims of a lot of damage during the year, and now is the perfect time to give them a fresh new look. Let them shine like you’re going to this following year! There are a lot of flooring options to consider for your new kitchen. So, if you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help!
There’s nothing like good old ceramics
Ceramic tiles provide the most design flexibility of any flooring material thanks to their malleability and adaptability. You can find traditional ceramics in neutral colors. While they if you opt for a more toned-down look. But you can also find ceramic flooring in bold colors that can make your kitchen design pop up. Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for kitchens due to their longevity; they are just as rough underfoot as stone tiles. However, beware of the issue of grime accumulations in grout lines.
How is it done?
Natural clay is molded, glazed, and fired at high temperatures to create a ceramic tile. This process ends up with a kitchen floor that is strong, long-lasting, and resistant to water and stains. Ceramic tile can withstand high temperatures without cracking and may also be broken without causing severe damage. Under normal circumstances, they may endure forever without significantly degrading in look or performance.
You can’t go wrong with vinyl tiles
Because it is a durable material, vinyl flooring can withstand a lot of tear yet still feel comfortable barefoot. You don’t have to worry about dropping dishes on the floor; this type of floor can handle it. Since vinyl is sold in planks and big sheets, the installation process requires careful measuring and cutting. However, there are engineered vinyl plank solutions that are not only dent- and scratch-resistant but also simple to install.
Vinyl flooring, once put in, does not absorb water and cannot be stained. Many alternatives exist, including ones that give the impression of being made of wood. But after some time, vinyl flooring might have dents from the weight of large equipment, which is one of its few drawbacks.
Laminate is great if you’re on a budget
Laminate flooring has long been a popular and cost-effective substitute for natural wood. It’s similar to vinyl in that it can fake the appearance of hardwood for less money, but it’s not necessarily waterproof as vinyl isn’t. However, more and more waterproof versions are now available. Like vinyl, laminate flooring is a good choice for do-it-yourselfers due to the flexibility of the planks, which may be nailed down or “floated” to accommodate an unlevel subfloor. This kind of flooring is often appreciated because it refreshes the whole space and has a highly desirable rejuvenating effect.
Make a lasting relationship with hardwood
Hardwood flooring is a perennial favorite for kitchens because of its durability and broad color palette. It’s more comfortable to walk on than tile, and it can be refinished if scratched or damaged. Hardwood flooring is a natural choice for high-traffic areas because of its resilience. However, hardwood flooring wasn’t deemed suitable for wet environments like bathrooms and kitchens for a long time. Since current sealers and polyurethane finishes make hardwood floors more resilient and long-lasting in damp environments, the material’s reputation has evolved. The one drawback is that it might be pricey, depending on the wood used.
It can be an excellent investment
Hardwood is an excellent option if you’re considering remodeling to improve your ROI when selling. It can look amazing, and many buyers want it. However, it can be quite a gentle little thing when faced with excessive damage, like the one that can occur on a moving day. That’s why pro movers suggest using plywood sheets to protect it from scratches and all the damage that can happen by accident.
Fall in love with cork flooring
Cork is added to the list of do-it-yourself kitchen flooring options, a material that has only recently been widely available. In order to create the appearance of tiles or planks, you may purchase cork flooring in peel-and-stick, glue-down, or snap-together form. Compared to other flooring materials, cork is warmer to the touch and has a softer, springier feel, making it effective in dampening noise.
Cork floors are great flooring options to consider for your new kitchen
Cork flooring is available in a wide range of gray and brown tones and is made from ground-up cork blended with resins. If you do it correctly, you can home by adding cork flooring. It’s not entirely waterproof, but it prevents stains if you mop up accidents quickly. Cork floors are naturally resistant to stains, but if they do occur, they may be sanded down and restored with stain and sealant.
Bamboo can be a great choice
Sustainable bamboo flooring is another option, similar to cork because it is a renewable resource. Bamboo is technically a grass, yet it may be used as a hardwood substitute in construction. The best part is – that you can refinish it if it gets scratched up. Bamboo flooring comes in three distinct styles:
Each of these is perfect for people who like Scandinavian interior design’s vibe, especially in the kitchen.
When in doubt, ask the pros
Each of these flooring options for your new kitchen has flaws and strengths. If you’re not sure what would work for your home specifically, it’s always better to ask experts for advice. Experienced interior designers will know how to make all your dreams come true. Of course, we’re always here for any questions, so don’t hesitate to ask and make your home perfect in 2023.