Kitchen Flooring Needs to Look Good and be Durable

To make the kitchen look good when upgrading flooring, choose something durable but classy.

“The kitchen seems to be the hardest room in the house to choose flooring for. Should it be vinyl for the spills, hardwood to be elegant, ceramic to be showy or carpeted and stain resistant? There are so many choices these days, it is hard to pick, but ultimately, no matter what you do choose, you want something classy and yet durable,” recommended Dean Dupre, who owns Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company.

“Other considerations for upgrading the kitchen floor revolve around color, texture, materials and eye appeal, and whether or not to do more than just the floor while you’re renovating,” added Dupre. Often this is the best time to make other changes while there is a chance to get everything done at once. Should ceramics be chosen, one consideration is whether to use tiles to create a backsplash behind the sink, or a sunken cutting board in the counter. The possibilities are endless.

Ideally, the main aim of upgrading the flooring in the house, whether it be kitchen floors or other locations in the home, is to create a uniquely appealing visually attractive floor; something that will ultimately increase the value of the home on resale. Being creative, while a good idea, is something to approach with caution, as not everyone would appreciate vibrantly colored tiles in their kitchen. Moderation is the key to tackling floor upgrades, a durable, classy, pleasing floor that withstands the test of time.

“Aim for visually appealing patterns, but not a bright melange that screams the tropics,” suggested Dupre. “If you happen to be a minimalist, go for subtle, clean and sophisticated patterns. It’s up to you. Just remember that if you plan to sell in the near future, you want something that appeals to a wider audience of buyers. So also choose a floor that is easy to maintain, stain-free and does not take on the qualities of a skating rink when wet.”

For those who choose to do it themselves, read the instructions and follow them to a T. There is nothing worse than a nice looking floor that is crooked in the corner because someone did not know how to lay the tiles the right way in tight spaces. It is all in the look, the kind of flooring, the color, the accents in the same room, the ability to keep it clean and whether or not it will withstand heavy wear and tear over the years.

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