From Dean Dowd on April 13, 2010 in Kitchen Remodel
Say goodbye to tacky linoleum and aged vinyl flooring. There are some new materials on the block and they wont be moving out anytime soon. Check out these trends in kitchen flooring and learn how to really set your stylish dwelling apart from the rest.
Though wood flooring began popping up in kitchens across the country quite some time ago, it has recently taken center stage again. Part of the reason for this is an increase in open floor plans. Instead of creating an obvious transition between the kitchen and living room, more homeowners are using wood throughout both spaces. This creates a clean, polished look.
Flooring experts suggest choosing a wood that doesnt require a finish in order to avoid waxing. It is also more durable for high-traffic areas.
Light bamboo kitchen flooring
Bamboo, Palm & Cork
And of course, if regular wood flooring doesnt speak to you, homeowners are now using new wood materials for a different, more comforting feel. Bamboo and palm wood are not only environmentally friendly, they naturally have more give and are easier to walk on. Cork flooring can also look just as stylish, but feels softer and wont scratch or scuff as easily as regular wood.
Cork kitchen flooring
While it may seem more like a building material for the exterior of the home, brick can actually be a warm kitchen flooring option as well.
Brick pavers (aka clay tiles) maintain the look of brick but can be installed and used similarly to tile. They also come in a variety of colors and can be laid in different patterns. Better yet, theyre perfect for those who need tough flooring, as they hide hiding dirt, stains and scuffs incredibly well.
If youre looking for low-maintenance flooring that can ease back pain as well, rubber may be just the thing for you. Its been used in kitchens for years, but hasnt been integrated into the residential market until just recently.
Not only is it an interesting design choice, but its a green addition considering that it is constructed primarily from recycled tires. There are a multitude of color options to choose from and the material comes in either rolls or tiles.
Into customization? The stand-out choice is concrete flooring. Concrete can be stained in a wide array of colors with a hydrochloric acid. Since the color seeps into the material instead of sitting on top, it is resistant to chipping or cracking.
Another reason to bring this outdoor material in: its probably already under your existing flooring. Removed the top layers and the concrete can be refurbished to your satisfaction. Its also perfect for radiant heating and will keep your kitchen at a comfortable temperature.
Stained concrete kitchen flooring
Now who said you didnt have choices? Dont be so quick to pick that vinyl, and youll be ecstatic with the results.