04 May Buyer’s guide: Flooring
The humble kitchen floor may seem like an afterthought when designing your kitchen, but with a proliferation of homes with kitchens and living areas combined, it’s an essential to get right and plan in advance. When choosing your cabinetry colours think carefully about the type of flooring you might like, and how the colours and materials can harmonise together.
Flooring can also be a great way of delineating a space in an open plan layout, signalling the ‘cooking’ zone versus the ‘eating’ zone for example. Or to create a feeling of space in smaller areas, choose a floor colour similar to your cabinets and run it through the kitchen and adjoining rooms (such as a hallway) so that the eye is tricked into seeing one larger space.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that practical flooring has to mean ugly either. Here’s our rundown of no-compromise flooring with style and substance.
Real stone floors are authentic looking and incredibly durable. However, natural stone is porous and as such will need to be professionally laid and sealed in order to last a lifetime. Real stone can’t be beaten though in terms of look, especially against Shaker cabinets. Timeless elegance. Job done.
It’s hard to beat porcelain for durability. Widely available and in every colour and pattern imaginable (see the range at Porcelanosa) , they win on looks and practicality. Waterpoof, stain proof and easy to clean, it’s hard to argue with tile. If you’re thinking of underfloor heating too, then porcelain tiles are a great choice. No more cold toes first thing in the morning.
Warmer underfoot than stone or tiled floors, engineered wood floors can be a great kitchen choice. As wood is a naturally porous material, laying solid wood floors in a kitchen can be problematic with spills and steam expanding and contracting the wood. Engineered floors however are much more robust, and are able to withstand spills well as long as they are properly maintained and protected. What’s more, engineered wood can be re-sanded just like solid wood (as long as the boards are thick enough) which means you could re-stain your floor in the future to change the look as you wish. Chauncey’s manufacture a wide range of timber floor options, colours and finishes – including more classic herringbone and chevron styles for wood flooring with a twist.
Not the peeling-at-the-edges, badly fitted vinyl of yesteryear. Think luxury vinyl – thick, soft and… whisper it… incredibly stylish. Zero maintenance and unwaveringly hard wearing, vinyl is a real contender for family and pet-friendly kitchens and living areas. Luxury brands such as Amtico produce a wide range of styles, including incredibly realistic faux stone and wood that has to be seen to be believed.
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