8 Unique Flooring Ideas That Can Transform Your Kitchen

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Dull flooring is the bane of any otherwise attractive kitchen. There's plenty you can do about fixing it, but the choices themselves seem almost limitless. To get you started, here's 8 fantastic flooring ideas you can use to add some well-needed pizazz to your kitchen spaces.

Stained Concrete

Unfairly saddled with the perception of being cold and impersonal, decorative concrete flooring offers two unique attributes – creativity and durability. This type of flooring can be stained in a wide variety of finishes to match just about any type of kitchen décor, from deep, rich dark chocolate colors to vibrant blues and reds.

It's also amazingly durable, with most floors lasting for years on end with little to no damage. Last but not least, it's also very affordable and relatively easy, albeit a bit labor-intensive for DIYers, to install.

Vinyl Tile

Think of vinyl tile as the everyman of kitchen flooring – it's highly versatile, very durable, comes in a wide variety of styles, inexpensive to purchase and even cheaper to install. It can even mimic most other types of flooring, given the right patterns and plenty of expert cutting. Vinyl flooring offers an effective way of changing your kitchen's entire look in a variety of ways without spending a massive fortune.

Bamboo

The natural essence of bamboo shines through no matter what it's used for. Not only is it resistant to moisture, but it's also resistant to termites and other types of insect infestations that threaten other woods. It's also the perfect flooring for allergy sufferers, since bamboo doesn't trap allergens like wood flooring does.

Last but not least, bamboo flooring is also an eco-friendly way of revamping your kitchen. Unlike hard woods that take decades to mature, bamboo grows and matures quickly. However, it lacks some of the durability and variety that hardwood offers.

Engineered Wood

Sometimes the simplest solutions are often the best. However, even something as rustic as wood flooring can offer its fair share of high-tech improvements. Using engineered wood offers one way of achieving a cool contemporary look for your kitchen without having to worry about the effects of moisture.

Unlike ordinary wood, engineered wood is designed to resist the shrinking and swelling that's often caused by moisture changes. It also comes with fewer defects, thanks to its unique manufacturing process. However, it's usually more expensive than other types of wood flooring.

Walnut

Walnut flooring offers the perfect compromise between traditional and contemporary flooring. You can choose between several varieties of dark stains or leave it unfinished for a more natural appearance. Dark walnut flooring offers a complimentary contrast against both white and dark-colored cabinetry.

However, be aware that walnut is softer than most woods, making it more vulnerable to scratches and other damage. A protective polyurethane finish can help protect walnut flooring from most damage while adding to the flooring's sophisticated appearance.

Slate

There's no denying the sophisticated look that slate flooring brings to a kitchen. It blends in well with other vintage and contemporary décor. It also offers an extraordinary resistance to moisture, stains and most damage, making it a great choice for heavy-traffic areas.

As a bonus, slate tiles are able to radiate warmth quickly and efficiently, making it the perfect choice for homes designed with radiant floor heating systems.

Travertine

Available in polished, brushed, honed and tumbled finishes, travertine floor tiling offers a great opportunity to transform your kitchen with a rustic look in mind. The material is not only durable, but it also works well with radiant floor heating systems, bringing modern comfort to both retro and contemporary kitchens. Most forms of travertine flooring offer attractive neutral tones for a striking yet soft appearance.

Brick

Brick isn't just for driveways and patios. It can also be put to great use in kitchen areas, especially if you're trying to achieve a quaint cottage look. It can be a bit expensive and somewhat time-consuming, but the results are well worth it. For added visual interest, consider laying out the brick floor in a herringbone pattern. 

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1 June 2015

For the Love of Gardening

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