Your kitchen gets more use than most of the rooms in your house, so making it appealing will ensure it remains a comfortable and happy place for you and your family. Choosing the right flooring provides a basis for an inviting kitchen and is the easiest way to spruce things up without performing a complete overhaul. In this article we’ll go over some of the top kitchen flooring ideas of the year.
Cork is a comfortable, sustainable and antimicrobial flooring material that works perfectly in the kitchen. The texture of cork provides a soft feeling underfoot while insulating against the cold and excessive noise. As a harvested bark it’s easily regrown and doesn’t require chopping trees down. Unlike synthetics such as vinyl you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Cork flooring seems like the perfect material for the 21rst century.
Bamboo is another sustainable flooring material that has gained a lot of acceptance as people become more aware of the troublesome makeup of laminates and chemical based synthetics. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing flooring materials (it’s actually a grass) meaning that harvesting will rarely outpace growth. Bamboo radiates a warmth underfoot that’s not found in materials like stone or concrete, but can be almost as strong. Research bamboo if you’re looking for something affordable, good looking and easy to keep clean.
Rubber is a natural, water resistant, non-slip material that feels comfortable underfoot in rooms that get a lot of use, such as kitchens. It’s also long lasting, durable and easily cleaned, which is important in a high traffic space. To increase its eco-friendliness you can purchase recycled rubber flooring that can later be reclaimed and converted again after it’s outlived its purpose for you. This is an affordable flooring material that comes in all sorts of styles and colours.
The original manufactured flooring material, solid wood, is a kitchen classic. It might be a little more expensive, but for the price you get a great look, a warm feeling and a durable floor covering. If wear and tear does occur on your wood floors they’re easily repairable which can make them last indefinitely.