No two contemporary kitchens are the same however, this might be less than helpful if you’re aiming to renovate or install an entirely new kitchen. One of the big decisions we have to make when designing kitchens are which type of flooring works best – is a cheaper option necessarily the most cost-effective? We’ve rounded up a few ideas for you to see what we think works best as part of a contemporary design.
Going al fresco is still very much all the range, and wood is becoming a common fixture throughout modern homes, be it as part of kitchen worktops, lounge units, ornate window frames or even kitchen flooring. As an option for your kitchen, wood comes in a vast array of types and finishes which will look superb throughout the years – however, for a timeless look, you will likely sacrifice some comfort and maintenance time – while a linoleum floor may be wipe-clean, maintaining a great-looking wood floor takes a little more in the way of time and effort.
Natural stone tiling may be more ‘classical’ than ‘contemporary’ on paper, but it’s common to see modern homes – particularly in warm climates – hosting a kitchen with a traditional, naturally-laid stone pattern. Stone is cooling underfoot which makes it a superb choice for warm rooms such as kitchens and homes that see plenty of warmth year-round – and it’s also remarkably easy to maintain short-term. Long-term, however, it may not be so cost-effective, as one of the more expensive options available, and this type of flooring generally requires TLC to avoid scratching or long-term damage.
For a fantastic contemporary look that rivals wood and looks better than a standard vinyl or lino installation, cork provides a comfortable and attractive alternative.
It’s surprisingly warm and flexible as well as offering striking natural patterns, making it a superb choice if you are likely to be entertaining regularly. However, like wood, be prepared that looking after a cork floor will require time and effort. For floors that look this good, mind – will you be so worried?
To go really left-field, you could always use a type of grass to line your kitchen floor! Bamboo may not be the most obvious choice on the market right now, however, for a springy, clean and altogether rather affordable option, it’s hard to beat.
A bamboo floor is sustainable and long-lasting, however, be prepared as it’s not great at handling moisture long-term.