New choices in kitchen flooring can be integrated into design scheme

May 16 2011

Wood and other materials for flooring are being used more frequently in kitchens.
Wood and other materials for flooring are being used more frequently in kitchens.
Gone are the days when tiling and linoleum were the only choices available for kitchen floors. Laminated wood panels and rug materials that stand up to the harsh use and spills that occur in every kitchen have opened up homeowners' flooring choices.

The look of the floor can be considered as a coordinated feature with wall color, cabinetry finishes and the type of window treatments chosen for a kitchen, according to HGTV.com

Wood blinds are a versatile choice for kitchens because they can be matched to wooden tones, but also coordinate well with any color or pattern. They bring a natural look to a room, while complementing both traditional and contemporary decorating schemes.

Concrete flooring has become popular in contemporary-style kitchens. "[It is] perfect for the industrial look. Concrete is non-porous, easy to maintain and can be stained almost any color," the website states.

When using rugs, they must be easy to clean and in colors that don't show soil readily. Wool is very durable and also cleans more easily than cotton or other fibers used in rugs. To prevent slippage, kitchen rugs also need underlying padding. The rugs should be heavy without being stiff in order to lay flat without corners turning up.
 
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