Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don’t overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring.
Improvements in products and sealers make wood a viable flooring material in kitchens. That’s good news for people with open-floor plans who wish to use the same material in adjoining living areas. Additionally, wood adds a sense of timelessness and warmth that suits any style, from urban loft to cozy cottage to traditional home.
This often-overlooked natural material comes in various colors and patterns and is sustainable, warm, and slightly cushioned. Seal it to prevent water damage and clean the same as you would a hardwood floor.
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Easy-to-clean linoleum is available in sheets or tiles in a broad range of colors. Many consumers confuse linoleum with vinyl, but vinyl is a synthetic material with a pattern imprinted on the surface, while linoleum is all-natural with color throughout.
This budget-friendly material (about $10-$13 per square yard) keeps upping its image as new technology helps it more closely imitate the look of stone, wood, tile, and leather. Vinyl is available in 6- or 12-foot wide sheets or as 12- to 18-inch tiles that are ideal for DIYers. Easy to clean, vinyl is also soft underfoot.
Durable and easy to clean, stone offers a timeless appearance that is suited to most any kitchen decor. Choose larger pieces to create a more seamless look with fewer grout lines. Cons? There’s no denying the look is impressive, but you’ll likely need a strong subfloor and some big bucks to get the job done.
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Bamboo is an attractive alternative for flooring because of its physical similarities to hardwoods. It is extremely strong and durable and offers built-in resistance to moisture and insects. Since it comes from a highly renewable source of material, bamboo is also an eco-friendly flooring choice.
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