The choice of kitchen floor and worktop is essential. They must be easy to install and maintain.
Tiles have a big advantage: they can imitate cement, slate and even wood, so you can create the look that suits your taste best. The price is usually quite reasonable and this type of flooring is very easy to maintain.
Terracotta tiles are more suitable for country style kitchens. They require careful maintenance, preferably with the use of oil-based products which are specially adapted for this kind of flooring.
Cement tiles contain different colors and patterns that make them more original. But pay attention, if you don’t take care of these tiles, they can become porous.
Stone is tough and resistant, but should be protected because of its porosity. It can also be placed in the form of reconstituted slabs that are the perfect imitation of natural stone.
Wood will bring a lot of warmth to your kitchen. It’s very resistant if it’s treated well. Protect your old or new wood flooring perfectly with the finish that suits your style best – matt, satin or lacquer.
Polished concrete, either waxed or natural, is a hit for kitchens. But you’ll need a professional to install this kind of floor to avoid the cracks and ensure the finishes required for its sustainability.
Linoleum, tiles PVC, rubber or vinyl materials are both hygienic and economic. They have good thermal and acoustic insulation and are stain-resistant and antibacterial. Unlike concrete flooring, it’s possible to install them yourself.
A well-designed floor is an important element of your kitchen style. If your floor is neutral, it will match well with the other elements of the room. On the contrary, if you choose bright colors or patterns, it will attract attention and energize the kitchen.
It may be interesting, for reasons relating to style, but also practicalities, to opt for two types of flooring: one for the food preparation area and the other for the dining area. During the period of carrying out the works, plan the installation of floor coverings of different heights.
Cement tile patterns allow you to create a rug that will fit perfectly with a polished cement or wood floor.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Once again, you need to find good balance between style and practice.
- For porous materials or wood, the intervention of a professional is usually necessary to avoid unpleasant surprises.
- The kitchen is a very frequented room, so all refurbishments must be made to last.