The kitchen is the heart of the home for many families in White Bear Lake. With hours spent cooking, entertaining, and working in the kitchen, it’s important that the space is not only beautiful and suited to your style, but functional and durable as well.
As any home chef can attest, the kitchen floor is perhaps the most important surface in this well-loved room. But the less you notice it, the better. Although trendy, concrete and stone floors can be tough and cold underfoot and may have you pulling up a chair before dinner gets done.
Following are a few of our favorite flooring options that any dedicated home chef will adore.
Linoleum or Vinyl
Linoleum and vinyl flooring are completely different materials, but they share similar attributes in in the kitchen. Both referred to as “resilient flooring,” they provide warm, soft surfaces that are comfortable to walk or stand on for long periods of time. They are durable, long lasting, and easy to clean. They are also very versatile, offering endless color and pattern choices to suit any style.
Linoleum is an eco-friendly product that is made from all-natural and renewable materials mounted on jute backing. Vinyl is a synthetic product and generally less expensive than linoleum.
Cork flooring is a wonderfully resilient product that has many benefits in the kitchen. An eco-friendly material, cork is produced from the renewable bark of the cork tree.
Very soft underfoot, you can literally feel cork bounce back as you move across the floor. It is naturally hypoallergenic and water resistant and repels mold, mildew, rot, and pests. Because of its shock absorbent surface, cork can be susceptible to damage by dragging furniture or dropping dishes. Crumbs and debris can also scar the floors over time. Regular cleaning will keep this comfy floor in great shape.
Hardwood flooring may not be as soft as resilient or cork flooring, but it’s a timeless option that home chefs and homebuyers alike will love. Depending on the species and the finish, hardwood flooring is a durable option that can stand up to spills and resist stains just as well as linoleum or cork. It’s also an excellent option for open floor plans that will give your space a warm and cohesive look throughout.
While carpet is not a recommended option for the kitchen, area rugs can be a great addition to the room. Rugs can help cushion your feet, protect from spills and standing water, and add style and comfort to the kitchen. Depending on the material, area rugs are also easy to clean with a quick shake out the door or a spin in the laundry cycle.
Our team at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake is ready to discuss all your kitchen flooring options. Contact us for a free in-home design consultation to learn about the best floor coverings for your White Bear Lake home.
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