The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where the cooking takes place, the family gathers, and where the love for food and company is shared. Therefore, it should be a room that is warm, inviting and stylish. This includes having respectable kitchen floors.
If you’re going to go through the hassle of installing new floors, it would only make sense to take a little extra time and get up to speed on the current kitchen flooring trends, as to minimize the chance of regretting your final decision.
“I grew up in the kitchen, mostly with my grandfather, my mother and my aunt Raffy,” said chef and Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis. “Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.”
The kitchen is where the family gathers and memories are shared, so why not put in the extra effort to give your kitchen the attention it deserves? Read on to educate yourself on the top 5 kitchen flooring trends that are being talked about and implemented by homeowners across the country.
Get the Luxurious Look of Travertine for the Cost of Ceramic Tile
This is not only a gorgeous look, but also budget-friendly. Using special technology to replicate stone surfaces, the Travisano Collection by Marazzi is both stylish and affordable. What is even more exciting is that you can purchase it right at your local Home Depot store. The collection comes in a wide variety of sizes, with an assortment of trims and mosaics.
As you can see in the image, this kitchen flooring has a clean and sophisticated look. It’s the kind of floor that will disguise crumbs and spills. Also, when you go with a neutral and timeless floor design, you have more options when it comes to your other décor around the kitchen, including the countertops, walls and any furniture.
Hardwood Flooring is Always an Excellent Choice
This Old House suggests durability and ease of cleaning as top criteria when selecting a kitchen floor. I personally think hardwood flooring is an excellent selection for your kitchen. Wood floors give off a “homey” feel and they are able to take on lots of traffic without losing their luster.
Which brings me to an important reminder. When installing wood flooring in a kitchen, make sure you apply a good protective finish, such as a polyurethane, to guard against any moisture that hits the floor. This is an inevitable occurrence that can be avoided. Choosing wood flooring makes it very easy to keep your house tidy and neat. If cared for properly and refinished every 15 to 20 years, wood floors can easily last a lifetime.
Ceramic Tile Never Sounded So Good
Ceramic tile floors are easy to maintain and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Most importantly, they offer superior durability, resisting almost all dents, dings and scratches. Keep in mind that they are prone to crack if installed over a floor that has any structural movement or damage. If this is the case, you’ll most likely need to replace your subfloor too. Ceramic tile can also be slippery, especially around spills and children. If you have a swimming pool, you should be extra careful if people are cutting through your kitchen with wet feet.
The good news is, if you like the wood look but want the ceramic durability, then you’re in luck because Home Depot carries it.
According to architect Stephen Alton, flooring options for 2015 are going to be amazing, particularly when it comes to the kitchen. Porcelain is going to be a popular flooring choice this year, especially for those on tighter budgets.
Porcelain is pretty to look at and very durable. It lasts as long, if not longer than many other flooring products. Porcelain flooring is also available in many different colors, patterns and textures.
Marble and natural stone are always trendy, but I’ll warn you, they look that nice because they cost a pretty penny.
Corkoleum flooring is an eco-friendly linoleum made from non-toxic cork. Cork, which grows back and can be harvested repeatedly, is becoming more and more popular and inexpensive as the standard for green living grows. DIY Network says the growth category in flooring right now is the green market. The notion of green flooring has been around for a while, but the demand for commercial flooring that complies with LEED standards has helped lower prices for green residential flooring. This means there are more new products and we are seeing an increase in consumer acceptance.
Don’t get caught with an outdated or cheap kitchen floor. Take the time to research and find a kitchen floor that is durable, easy to clean, and stylish. While keeping these practical details in mind, you should also consider selecting a floor that fits you and your family, and of course, the style of your home.
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