Flawless flooring: alternative options for your kitchen
By Gary Baker
Looking for something a bit different for your kitchen flooring? Maybe you want your kitchen floor to have certain qualities that fit in with your home and life for a particular reason?
Many homeowners are still fans of hardwood or tiled floors when it comes to the kitchen, but that doesn’t have to be the only option. Here are some of our favourite alternative options from working with designers and fabricators over the last thirty years…
OK, so this isn’t a new option, but vinyl tiles have come a long way since we started in 1979! They come in many more colours and patterns than your bog standard brown, with many emulating a real stone look. With a bevelled edge you can add extra texture, and they can be laid without grout for easy maintenance.
Eco wooden options
We’re big fans of sustainable design (as you’ve seen from our previous blogs) and there are so many better options for those that want wood for their kitchen flooring. Among the most eco-friendly are cork and bamboo which are actually made from tropical grasses.
Cork feels great underfoot and, being from tropical climates, both materials are resilient when it comes to water spills which make them great for kitchen areas. They also have a bit of give in them, so if you do drop the odd dish it’s less likely to break.
Bamboo and cork are harvested without damaging the tree, making them a much more sustainable option, if a little more expensive than other hardwood materials. Be mindful of air miles too if you’re choosing for sustainability’s sake – your designer should be able to tell you where the material has been sourced from if you’d like to know.
Luxury flooring specialists Weldon have created a luxury oak floor with a border in rosewood and Corian that brings something really new to the table. The border is a classical design known as Palmette and Anthemion and this particular version was based on a ceiling lining paper uncovered during the restoration of the private West London property it now sits in.
The homeowner specifically requested the use of bone, but when Weldon searched they could only find it in piano key sized veneers, which led them to consider ‘Bone’ Corian.
Corian is perfect for the kitchen, as its durable, non-porous qualities make it resistant to wear and tear as well as moisture damage and stains.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune, using your existing floorboards could be a brilliant alternative for your kitchen. Properly stained and sealed floorboards are making a comeback and dark staining looks particularly dramatic with high ceilings.
Be warned, you should be mindful of filling any gaps in your floorboards and get professional advice on the suitability of your boards before making this decision. You don’t want to find bits of food getting stuck in the spaces between the boards, or in any damaged parts depending on what lay on top before.
You can find a whole host of kitchen ideas from our authorised Corian fabricators all over the UK in our online gallery, why not take a look to inspire your next project?