Saying that the floor plays a significant role in making a good first impression for your kitchen interior design is an understatement.
As one of the largest components of the house next to the walls, ceiling, and roof, the floor can hardly be considered subtle. Since it’s always on display, there’s virtually no chance that you can divert people’s attention away from an ugly floor, no matter how awesome your furniture and fixtures are.
This is why, when planning a remodeling project involving your kitchen, you should make sure that the floor is both aesthetically pleasant and durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic.
Among the things you must consider are the timing, traffic flow, the room’s dimensions, and your budget.
Timing is everything when it comes to any home remodeling project, but it becomes even more crucial when you’re dealing with your kitchen floor. This is because a renovation involving the floor means you would have to remove everything inside the room and disrupt the daily workflow.
Aside from that, the right time to replace the floor isn’t always apparent as quick fixes can remedy only minor flaws. If you already determined that the damage is too set in or is already on a structural level, you should absolutely start remodeling.
You should think about the best season of the year to do this. Since a reflooring project would cause the entryways of your house to be open for an extended period, winter or summer may not be the best time for the task.
You should also consider the “busy seasons” for your family. This may include the Yuletide season and Thanksgiving. The point is, you have to time your remodeling in a way that will allow enough time to bring all your furniture back in and get settled without you feeling uncomfortable in the weather or inconvenienced by obstructed entryways for your guests.
Another major factor you need to think about before starting a kitchen remodel is the traffic flow. When planning for the project, make sure you consider how much the kitchen needs to be used. Not only will this help schedule the project but also ensure that you pick the perfect flooring material that can withstand wear-and-tear from heavy foot traffic.
Moisture-resistant vinyl is a common choice in this high-traffic room because it is engineered to endure wear for prolonged periods, even when wet. It also boasts a vast range of design selections and can mimic different materials like slate, granite, or marble, which makes it a viable choice for interior design enthusiasts.
Cork is also a good choice for kitchens. Although it is not as durable as vinyl when it comes to foot traffic, it is great for comfort as it can cushion the feet and reduce strain from standing up for extended periods. It is also an excellent way to reduce noise in the room.
Before you choose a color for your decorative flooring, you must first know the size of your kitchen floor space. Seek help from your remodeling contractor to get precise measurements of the floor area and use it to pick the right design and material for your kitchen floor.
Here’s a tip: lighter colors are great for brightening parts of the house that get less natural light. This means that you can take advantage of the non-staining effect of dark-hued flooring materials if the kitchen is located near the patio or a big window. Meanwhile, you can use wide-scale tiles and planks for your floor to make small spaces seem bigger.
As with any other remodeling project, you need to consider how much money you can spare when remodeling your kitchen floor. Deciding on a budget should allow you to adjust your flooring requirements and be more precise in your choice of the type of material to be used.
Since it fits most remodeling budgets, vinyl takes the lead in terms of popularity. The same is true for laminate flooring which, like vinyl, offers a vast selection of styles and colors.
If you cannot afford hardwood but still want to get that earthy appeal to your kitchen, you can choose to have your floor constructed out of bamboo. As for achieving a natural stone aesthetic, porcelain tiles are great alternatives.
Concrete is a popular option for floors because of its durability, but it often skips the mind because of its lack of luster and appeal. However, there’s one way you can get the best of both worlds: painting your concrete floor. Doing so can help you achieve a great aesthetic minus the high costs that usually come with other flooring materials.
Choosing a type and design of the floor for your kitchen remodeling project requires thorough planning and consideration. Aside from ensuring that your floor design jives with the rest of the house, doing this will also help you get the most out of the budget you set for the project.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.