20 Gorgeous Flooring Ideas For the Kitchen

Your kitchen is the main hub of the house. It is the gathering place where family and friends come together for meals, visiting, homework, even little tasks, like paying bills or just sitting and relaxing with a cup of coffee. A lot takes place in the kitchen, cooking and preparing meals, entertaining and more, which means a lot of footwork and high traffic in the kitchen.

Because of all that your kitchen floor has to endure, making sure your flooring is durable, easy to maintain, and up to the task of handling the kind of traffic and wear that it goes through, is important. You also want your flooring to be beautiful and display a sense of style and beauty, especially because it is one of the main surfaces that you see and notice when you’re in the kitchen. So how do you choose the right type of flooring for your kitchen? We have some information and tips for you, to help you pick the perfect flooring that is not only functional, but beautiful.

Consider the wear and tear

Of course you want your flooring to be beautiful, but when it comes down to it, you really need it to withstand the kind of lifestyle your family leads, for instance, a family of five with young children and a large dog, is naturally going to be harder on a kitchen floor than an older couple with a little Pekinese dog. You will need to consider the type of wear and tear you know your family can inflict on the floor.

Consider your budget

Not everyone has unlimited funds to re-do or install just any type of new flooring they want. Most people live on a budget, and home improvements must be kept within certain limits. If you know what you can afford and plan to spend on a kitchen floor, this is the place to start. You will want to have the measurements of the area you plan to lay flooring down before you begin to price it all out. With your first and subsequent choices of flooring in hand, you can calculate how much each type of flooring would cost for the square footage you need it to. Knowing this, it will help you to eliminate flooring types that are out of budget, and instead, hone in on the types you can afford, so you can move onto choosing the color and style.

Types of flooring

  • Stone and Tile

These are great for high traffic areas. They’re durable, easy to maintain and come in an array of colors and styles. These are very popular choices for lots of homeowners and can really add style and class to a kitchen. These are also two choices that can easily fit into most budgets and you can create so many different looks with either, that your style and design choices are almost endless.

  • Hardwood

Hardwood has become one of the most popular types of flooring in homes, today, and many people have migrated it from other rooms in the home, into the kitchen. It’s warm and cozy, and can really take a tired old kitchen, into a new, updated era that looks rich and classy. Hardwood is hardy flooring for the kitchen, however, it can scratch and suffer damage from water and other liquid spills. If you have hardwood in an adjacent room, such as the living or dining room, it can tie the two rooms together by adding the same hardwood in the kitchen. Some of the most popular choices of hardwood, include, oak, mahogany, cherry and maple.

  • Vinyl

Vinyl used to be the most common type of flooring in kitchens, some years back. Although many homeowners have said goodbye to vinyl and moved towards tiles or hardwood, even concrete, vinyl is still used by homeowners due to its practicality and durability. It is one of the easiest to maintain when you have a houseful of kids and/or pets. It does have the potential to tear, and it can stain or fade in high sun areas, but it is low priced so that just about anyone can afford it, and today’s choices of vinyl styles and patterns are much broader than that of yesteryear.

For more kitchen floors ideas, take a look at these 20 gorgeous ideas for kitchen flooring.

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