Kitchen flooring – why tiles are a great choice
Friday 8 August 2014, Written by Sarah Cole
Let's face it - we spend a lot of time in our kitchens, possibly more than we'd like, so it's important for them to be a pleasing place to pass the time. With so much traffic in our kitchens on a daily basis from kids to pets to friends and family, the flooring we choose must be hardwearing and able to withstand constant wear and tear, not to mention spills. Tiles, with their hardwearing and attractive qualities could be the answer, but how do we choose the right flooring?
Porcelain is exceptionally hardwearing, and comes in a range of styles. Many are slip resistant which is important in a space that gets so much use. If you want to convenience of porcelain with the look of materials like wood and natural stone you can have it - porcelain replicas are growing in popularity all the time as many are so realistic you can't tell the difference. Depending on the look you'd like to achieve there is a style of tile to suit. If you want something modern and crisp, large format porcelain in a neutral shade is for you. Large format tiles make the most of their size by reducing the amount of visible grout lines for a cleaner look.
Ceramic tiles are also incredibly hard wearing, and tend to offer more choice in terms of colour and pattern. Highly patterned tiles can look amazing and offer an incredible range of colours and patterns to emulate the look you want to create, from modern to traditional, exotic and eclectic. They don't require much maintenance, and many can also be installed outdoors which is perfect if you have a kitchen that backs onto a garden and want to create a beautiful patio area.
Natural stone tiles
Arguably one of the hardest wearing types of tile you can have,natural stone continues to charm. Slate, marble, limestone, travertine and terracotta are just a few types of stone that have been used in homes through the ages. There's something very special about knowing that these tiles were forged in the heart of the earth over millions of years - and that no two pieces will look the same. Stone ages gracefully, and will improve with age. That being said, stone can be susceptible to water and light stones, such as marble, can stain so they must be sealed properly and require periodic maintenance. Take this into consideration when you're making your selection.