The kitchen is probably the busiest room in the average home and therefore might have the highest footfall in the house. With that in mind the floor covering can be a big consideration when you are working on your kitchen design. Daily wear and tear takes its toll differently depending on the type of kitchen floor that you opt for.
With stone, tiles and wood being the most popular choices we take a look at the options and pros and cons of each floor type.
Tiles are a favourite for many and support daily wear and tear whilst looking good in most kitchen designs.
With some many kitchen floor tiles to chose from there is something for your kitchen whether it be contemporary modern of more of a classic or farmhouse kitchen.
Hard working floors must have a few essential properties including repelling water and avoiding stains.
Tiles certainly do this well and also tend not to fade like some other kitchen floor surfaces such as wood. The other consideration in a kitchen or cooking environment is hygiene and the ability to clean with ease.
Stone floor tiles for Kitchens
The right tile will provide all of these qualities while looking good in the heart of your home. So what is there in the way of kitchen floor tiles ?
Most of us love to see the warmth and beauty that natural materials bring on to our homes and stone tiling is a great example of how this can work. So there’s no doubt that stone is durable and will withstand just anything that goes on in the kitchen.
Another appealing quality of natural stone is that it is entirely unique. The downside of using stone is that it is expensive in comparison to other floor coverings. It is also less easy to work then some materials so will require a professional with experience to lay properly.
Another consideration is that contrary to expectation stone does require some regular maintenance to keep it looking at is best. If you’re committed to stone then here are some examples of the types of stone flooring that works well in kitchens:
This stone offers a great range of palette from trendy grays to silvery whites. Limestone from some areas can also include a delicate fleck which adds character and charm.
Granite floor tiles
The main benefit of granite is that it is non-porous making it stain resistant and naturally very hard wearing often lasting decades with very little sign of wear.
Currently back in fashion, slate is a fantastic alternative offering low maintenance and good grip quality. Slate is also hard wearing and can come in such an array of colours from blue grays to charcoal and typically it has a fairly matt finish.
As you can see in the above images stone adds splendour to a kitchen irrespective of the design and the age of the property.
In our next post we’ll be exploring the many varied woods that can be used in kitchen flooring and considering the pro’s and cons of each