There are lots of things to consider when choosing the right flooring for any room but great attention needs to be given to choosing flooring for your kitchen. You have to take into consideration the wear and tear it will get and the practicality of using certain flooring but the aesthetics are also extremely important. Below is an article which first appeared in Ideal Home. You will get great inspiration and ideas here!

“When it comes to kitchens, you should never overlook the floor. Some designers even recommend it as a jumping-off point for the rest of your scheme

It’s easy to overlook kitchen flooring when you’re busy thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But the floor of your kitchen is likely to be one of the largest surface areas in the room, so its selection deserves careful thought.

Your floor should work together with the rest of your kitchen so take the look and material of your units into consideration when picking flooring. Materials such as durable laminate and matt porcelain will look great in modern schemes, while natural stone tiles and warm wood suit traditional designs. A popular, contemporary flooring material is polished concrete, which gives a chic, industrial edge.

It needs to perform on many levels – durability, safety and ease of cleaning – and it must look great, too. Ultimately your choice of flooring can make or break your kitchen look. ‘A good place to start when selecting materials is the flooring,’ says Robert Burnett, Head of Design, Holloways of Ludlow. For example, it’s usually best to avoid veneered or wood kitchen panels if the floor is wood. Most kitchens require a contrast in materials and/or colour to achieve impact.’

There’s a wide range of flooring materials on offer that can be used to enhance your cooking zone. But before you set your heart on a material, there are some important points to consider.

Kitchen flooring – everything you need to know

We’ve made your life easy by putting together this simple list of things to consider when choosing your kitchen flooring.

Starting from scratch? Read: How to plan a kitchen – your step-by-step guide to the perfect space

1. Consider the overall look

How to choose kitchen flooring

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The flooring you choose for your kitchen should complement your units and worktop, so either go for a coordinating look with a material that matches your worktop, or create contrast.

To coordinate, go for materials in the same finish (matt or gloss) and match the colours as closely as possible. Choose a material that can be used for both worktops and floors, or match, say, a walnut floor to a rich brown stone or composite worktop.

For contrast, choose different finishes in the same colour or different colours in the same finish. Team a pale matt worktop with dark matt flooring, for example. You could even contrast both, such as a matt slate floor with a polished white granite worktop.

Whatever you choose, bear in mind that kitchens are a long-term investment so make sure you won’t tire of the finishes or colours that you choose.

2. Think about maintenance

How to choose kitchen flooring

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Some flooring needs regular resealing and treating with specialist products. It’s a good idea to consider whether you’ll have time to maintain your kitchen floor or whether you’d prefer an easy-care material that you can sweep, mop and then forget about.

Don’t be afraid to mix up materials in an open plan kitchen space. You could use durable, easy-clean flooring in cooking zones and softer vinyl, laminate or wood in living and dining spaces.

3. Take a sample home

Make sure you still like the flooring you loved in the showroom once it’s in situ in your home. The colour may look different when seen under different lighting, or the material may clash with your units or worktops. Remember that sealing can change the colour, so be sure to look at a sealed sample before you buy.

4. Work out your budget

Budget carefully to include all fitting costs and extra expenses for underlays, fixatives and grouts.

5. Think before you lay

How to choose kitchen flooring

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If you intend to lay underfloor heating in your kitchen, be careful what you choose to lay over the top of it. While underfloor heating can be used with most modern flooring – stone and concrete warm up and retain heat well – some wooden floors, particularly extra-wide boards, certain veneers and some types of adhesive, can be heat sensitive.

Most flooring is best fitted by a professional. Some types of flooring need to be installed at the start of the kitchen design process, whereas others can be installed afterwards. Ask the manufacturer in advance to avoid any nasty, costly surprises…”