Your kitchen is one of the showcases of a great-looking home (if you are in fact the owner of a great-looking home) so suffice it to say that going for linoleum as kitchen flooring will make your guests and family members look anywhere but at the floor to avoid blurting out involuntary sounds of dismay and disapproval. Think about it for a sec and you will find out that no amount of cleaning, tidying, and prettifying will make linoleum floors look any better. If you have linoleum floors, maybe it’s time to take stock and think about changing it. Yes, the economy is still recovering but you can do it one square foot at a time until it’s completed. That’s how kitchen projects are accomplished, one tile and spice rack at a time.
Here’s how to choose the right flooring for your kitchen.
1. Select the type that is easy to install, eye-catching, budget-friendly, and easy to maintain. This is probably the one and only time when you won’t have to call a professional to do the work for you. There are flooring products that you can install yourself. No further explanation needed.
2. Choose from the array of flooring options. There are a number of really awesome options for your kitchen.
- Cork. The latest in flooring options for your kitchen. This type is really environmentally sound and easy on the feet and heels, too because of its soft and low impact surface. You don’t have to worry about being stuck with a brown and sponge-like appearance, as you will have a lot of colors and designs to choose from. This is tops when it comes to flooring options for your kitchen. If you have cats or dogs, however, keep them out of your kitchen. They will most definitely scratch and claw their way into the cork. Seriously, keep them out of your kitchen if you choose to go for cork for kitchen flooring.
- Ceramic. This type of kitchen flooring allows you the versatility of combining modern and traditional inspirations offered by its beautiful patterns. The only issue you have to deal with is grouting but you will have no problem cleaning ceramic flooring.
- Hardwood. Cherry, Oak, Pine, and Hickory wood make inviting kitchen flooring because they give any kitchen a homey feel. You just have to pay attention to the graining patterns because too much of it can overwhelm your kitchen no matter how large the space is. This type of kitchen flooring is easy to maintain and clean but hardly environment-friendly. You might have to think twice about purchasing this type if you are into green products.
- Bamboo. Bamboo abounds in Asia and South America and is fairly easy to grow which makes this “grass” fall into the category of a green design. The only drawback here is that it is quite tricky to incorporate in a home that only needs improving which means the bamboo feel has to fit into the existing design of your home. Try to visualize how this type of flooring can fit like a glove into your existing kitchen. On the other hand, if you are still on the design stage of your home, you won’t have to confront issues about using Bamboo.
Want to know the ultimate tip about choosing the perfect flooring for your kitchen? Go for contrast. Choose darker countertops, cooking stations, and cabinets while going light for the flooring. This saves you the embarrassment of having dust show, which happens when you have dark kitchen flooring.