What flooring should you choose for your open-plan kitchen?
Are you wondering what flooring to pick for your kitchen that opens out onto the living room? The experts at Mobalpa know all the different floorings you can use to personalise your open-plan kitchen, including traditional or cement tiles, wood or polished concrete.
Different flooring to mark out the kitchen and lounge
You don’t have to have the same flooring in your open-plan kitchen and lounge. You can use different materials and/or colours of flooring to mark out each dedicated space and make each area look its best.
It’s best to keep a sense of coherence across the whole area by choosing flooring solutions that go well together.
If you’re loking for a subtle way to mark out the kitchen area and lounge area, try playing with colour by laying two sets of different colour tiles. This works best when you use similar tones, so a light grey and a dark grey or a beige and a brown, for example.
You can also create attractive, contrasting floor surfaces by combining different materials. So, you can create a unique decorative look by combining cement tiles with solid parquet flooring in a similar tone, for instance.
What’s the best flooring in a kitchen?
Kitchen floors are put through the mill and get dirty very quickly. That’s why it’s best to have hard-wearing floors that are easy to maintain. You have plenty of choice.
1 – Tiling, stoneware and cement tiles
Tiles are a common choice and have proved their worth over the years. These days, there are lots of different designs, colours and finishes to go with a whole range of different decorative styles.
One of the benefits of tiles is that they’re very easy to maintain and will work on all types of kitchen floor. Stoneware tiles are becoming increasingly popular.
They’re made from clay and minerals, but can be made to look like other materials such as wood, stone, metal or even leather! They are also very easy to maintain.
Cement tiles are stylish and can be used to customise the design of your kitchen. No matter whether you want to create a traditional or modern look, there’s an endless choice of colours and patterns to choose from. You can create an attractive, unique floor by combining different designs and varying their layout!
However, cement tiles are not so easy to maintain in a kitchen. Once laid, make sure you treat them to stop stains from setting in and the colour from changing over time.
2 – Wood
Wood is appealing because it’s natural and has a warm feel. However, in a kitchen, it’s best to go for high-quality, hard-wearing exotic, hardwoods such as teak, merbau, wenge, eucalyptus or guatambu.
You could also use a number of European varieties that have been treated for humid rooms, including spruce, poplar, ash or hornbeam.
Choose glue-down rather than floating wood flooring so water can’t filter through between the planks.
And make sure you follow an appropriate maintenance routine to protect the wood.
The modern industrial look of polished concrete is making it increasingly popular. As long as you treat the flooring with an appropriate water repellent, it will last a long time.
Like natural stone, it forms a patina over time, which makes it look even more attractive!
And when you combine the concrete floor with a similar worktop and backsplash, it adds even more character to your kitchen-lounge.