Simple Kitchen Flooring Ideas

Your choice of kitchen floor will depend upon the style and look you wish to achieve in the room. There are certain flooring options that are more popular than others, but that doesn’t mean that you have to fall in line. Here are a few different kitchen flooring ideas to consider.

Wood Flooring for the Kitchen

Wood floors are very common in kitchens. In fact, wood floors are definitely one of the most popular types of flooring options available. There are several different types of wood that you can choose for your floor.

Whether you stick with a basic pine slat or get a little trendier and environmentally conscience and choose a bamboo wood floor the warmth of wood adds character to the space. The color and type of the wood you choose will depend on your kitchen’s style and theme.

Tile Flooring; Timeless and Tasteful

Another very popular type of flooring for the kitchen is tile. There are so many different options from different colors and designs to a variety of materials for your tile floor. Pick from plain tile floors, ones that are laid out in a design and others that resemble stone or are decorative.

Both ceramic and porcelain tile require little maintenance and are resistant to stains and scratches. You do need to exercise some caution not to drop anything upon your tiles, though, since they are prone to cracking.

Laminate Flooring in the Kitchen

A less expensive choice for the kitchen floor is laminate. You may be surprised at just how many options you have to choose from when it comes to the new laminate flooring. Laminate floors that look like wood floors and can easily pass for a real genuine wood floor are very popular.

There are laminate floors that look like tile as well as plain laminate floors that are very simple but can fit in perfect to play down a visually striking kitchen. Many people choose laminate floors because they can be installed easily and cost much less than a tile or real wood floor.

Concrete Floor in the Kitchen

Not many people may think of a concrete floor for the kitchen but they are becoming increasingly popular. A concrete floor designed for the kitchen is different than a regular concrete floor. These are decorative and stained concrete floors that can have patterns and color incorporated into their matrix. Concrete floors are very durable and are also very reasonable when compared to real wood floors.

Vinyl for a Kitchen Floor

Another inexpensive flooring option is vinyl tile or sheet. Some people think of old kitchens when it comes to vinyl but vinyl has come a long way from the old linoleum floors of the past. Patterns, colors and designs have taken over the market, bringing style and beauty to any kitchen.

The best thing about vinyl is that you can really save money and install the floor yourself. A vinyl tile floor can make a clear statement or be a quiet, calming addition to your kitchen. It is up to you what type of vinyl tile you choose as there are thousands of options.

These are just some of the flooring options that you have for your kitchen. Once you have narrowed down you selection, you should go and look to see what is available locally. It may just surprise you to see how many options you really have.

Best Wood Flooring For Your Bathroom

The main thing which you should be concerned about with the flooring within your bathroom is moisture. I want to cover your options available for you with your flooring needs for your bathroom.

Some people come up with the idea of carpeting for their bathroom. This is not a good idea by any means. As I stated earlier, you should be concerned with moisture within your bathroom and carpet and moisture are not great combinations.

Hard wood is a better choice for your bathroom as compared to carpet. The hard wood will be great for bare feet however, keep in mind that moisture eventually kills solid wood. If you choose to utilize hard wood for your bathroom, make sure it is installed professionally and minus gaps which is where moisture can seep in.

One of your best wood flooring options for your bathroom are laminated floors. Laminated flooring can be offered simulating slate, marble, cherry and oak. The wear layer on this type of flooring is very strong. The seams on laminated flooring are glued together and this prevents moisture from seeping into the flooring.

If laminated flooring is not for you, then might I recommend engineered wood? This wood is great in fighting moisture within your bathroom. This wood looks great and I find this is the best wood flooring choice for your bathroom.

You will find that another great choice for flooring within your bathroom is limestone, granite or marble. One of the downsides to this type of flooring is that it is cold to your bare feet. This type of flooring material can prove slippery as well; however, you can fix this obvious issue with sandblasting. Another downside to this type of flooring is that it is not cheap; it’s one of your more expensive flooring options for your bathroom.

Have you ever considered vinyl? Vinyl is a popular choice and for numerous reasons. You can literally lay your vinyl flooring all by yourself with a variety of styles to choose from. The good side about vinyl is that it is cheap but the downside to vinyl flooring is the fact that it looks and feels like vinyl.

Building Your Base – Wood Floors

When most people think about the structure of their home, they think about their walls. But really your rooms have 6 surfaces, 4 walls, the ceiling and the floor. Everyone thinks about the walls, but people are the most unwilling to change anything about their floors. Truth be told, it can be messy, it can take time and it does require moving a considerable amount of furniture. But here is the other side of that truth – IT IS WORTH IT! The extra time and thought you put into your floors is one of the details that create a luxurious home.

WOOD FLOORS

I love wood floors. I love everything that you can do with the floors and how they are finished. I do not hold much love for laminate flooring, although it does have its purpose. To me, it just lacks the sound, heft and warmth of wood floors. Then there are the repair issues. I’ve actually come around to the use of engineered flooring and the benefits of a pre-finished floor. Remember the mess I was talking about, these products so greatly reduces the mess, it is quite amazing.

For a good amount of time, the “hand scraped” look has been very popular, but it seems to be shifting. When considering wood floors, take a look at bamboo. In the last year or so, the color ways available in bamboo have expanded to blonde, carbonized (honey) and even the ever popular dark brown. You can also get this product in a horizontal grain, where you have wider strips of bamboo and can see the bamboo knuckles; or a vertical grain, which has smaller strips engineered together

Another idea for wood floors, especially existing ones, is to add a painted treatment to them. Such a technique could be done with paint, or even a slightly different tinted finish. Painted wood floors is nothing new, but we often think of it being used in more country or beach settings, but I think this technique can even be applied in more modern interiors as well. In my head, I can see a small/med/large stripe that adds the most subtle pattern and motion to the floor. But imagine the pattern as a Greek key, or modified trellis – really you could have too much fun with this.

The last thing to keep in mind is that wood floors don’t have to be run straight. Pattern works just as well, parquet has been popular for a very long time. Just think of a new way to achieve the look. Even for a modern interior, imagine larger scale parquet.

Don’t be afraid to use the details to set your house apart from others. If you plan on staying in your home a while, then the investment is one you will enjoy and will add value to your home in the future. For more information or fabulous ideas on what can be done to wood floors go to the National Wood Flooring Association.