So the new year is upon us which means that it’s time to get that 2019 refurbishment project underway.
Last month’s post explored ideas and themes for the kitchen as a whole, so if you’re still not decided on what you want the finished project to look like then check it out to get your creative juices flowing and start building up some ideas.
Remember, we’re always on hand to help you refine your ideas and with 20 years of experience under our belt, we can be by your side to help guide you through the design and build phase of your dream kitchen.
This month we’re delving into the world of kitchen flooring.
Expect hints and tips for choosing the best styles for your kitchen and home, as well as design considerations that you may not have thought of which will help you to narrow your choices.
Whether you want to bring the family closer together and create something welcoming and enjoyable for entertaining friends, or you want something with high impact to reflect your personality and flair, there’s kitchen flooring out there to suit you, and we’re here to help you find it!
Arguably, the kitchen is the best place for making the most impact when it comes to flooring.
Unlike other interior design considerations, kitchen flooring is about form and function; it needs to look good, and it needs to do its job well.
It’s all well and good having highly polished natural stone flooring that looks beautiful, but if your family find themselves slipping about like they’re on ice rink the minute someone spills a drink, then you might find you need to rethink your choice.
The new year is the perfect time for a spruce up of your kitchen and that might be all it takes to breathe some new life into your home and help to shake off those post-Christmas blues!
First of all, let’s look at the functionality of kitchen flooring and its purpose.
What are the important features of flooring in the kitchen, what must it do, and what are the things that should be considered before you go ahead and buy some flooring?
Your flooring needs to be durable.
People, whether guests, friends and family, always tend to gather in the kitchen.
You only need to think back 2 weeks ago to remember the rushing around cooking and gathering around socialising in the kitchen over Christmas.
The kitchen floor is subject to a fair few miles, with or without shoes on!
In addition to the footfall, there’s also the occasional spillage; sometimes minor and sometimes not so minor, sometimes cold and sometimes very hot.
So again, it’s important to consider how much cooking takes place and the volume of cleaning that’s required ordinarily as a guide to what might be the best kind of flooring for you.
It might look great but if it’s difficult to clean, you might have your work cut out for the foreseeable future.
What type of flooring should you choose?
Laminate is a popular choice because of it’s hybrid nature.
It’s low maintenance, lower cost and yet it can have the attractive appearance and quality of hardwood flooring.
There are a huge range of options available, not just wood-effect, in all sorts of different shades and colours, and it takes very little effort to keep this type of flooring looking at its best.
We would recommend this type of flooring for someone who is looking for something very specific in terms of colour, as well as those with a lower budget or with young families where low maintenance and easy cleaning is important.
Quick tip: a higher AC rating indicates its level of durability.
Laminate wood effect flooring can be laid in specific patterns to mimic the natural grain of wood, making it an even more attractive option for those seeking a traditional look but who may not have the budget for it.
Vinyl is another fantastic option for those looking for something very low maintenance.
Its water resistant properties mean that cleaning is easy and the floor won’t get damaged in the event of a leak or spillage.
Vinyl boasts a very attractive finish yet retains a high level of durability making it perfect for busy kitchens that aim to impress.
It’s also available in a variety of shades and colours.
Pure white vinyl flooring can create a very striking effect in your kitchen and always looking sparkling clean.
Solid Wood Flooring
For those looking to create a truly traditional feel for the kitchen this new year, look no further than solid wood.
Solid wood flooring is suited to those who are quality-driven and will leave a lasting impression.
Choices of styles and shades are less abundant when compared with other flooring types, as they are governed by species, but solid wood favours a natural appearance which can be very warm and welcoming, something that artificial floors cannot match.
It is worth noting, though, that natural wood flooring can be difficult to maintain and may need to be treated periodically.
Hints & Tips to Consider
If your kitchen and living room area is open plan, consider using the same flooring throughout (across the two spaces) to make your home feel bigger and create a cohesive appearance.
When considering laminate or vinyl flooring you can achieve extra protection by having your flooring Scotch Guard protected.
It will go a long way to defending it against the drop of a sharp knife or a heavy pan.
Want natural stone flooring without having to worry about the cost, installation, upkeep or feeling cold?
Then opt for laminate or vinyl flooring with a stone-effect.
This way you can have your realistic feature flooring without any of the drawbacks.
When it comes to property refurbishment, look no further than LMB Group.
Having over 20 years of experience on the back of a highly skilled, insurance-backed team whose quality of work and customer service has led to countless word of mouth referrals, we’re here to help with all your property refurbishment questions.
Our team can point you in the right direction with ceilings, floors, walls and everything in between.