All you need to know about wooden flooring for your kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home, so kitchen flooring must be practical and hardwearing. But you shouldn't have to compromise on style.

Consider your budget, your lifestyle and the look you want to achieve, and you may just find wooden floors to be the best option for your kitchen. We explain everything you need to know about wooden flooring for your kitchen.

Durability: Standing up to thousands of feet

Durability: Standing up to thousands of feet

Kitchen flooring in most households has to withstand a lot of wear and tear. While tile and vinyl are certainly easy to clean, wood flooring is highly durable.

One of the main benefits of a fully wooden floor, as opposed to laminate, is that it can be re-sanded and oiled numerous times in its lifetime to bring it back to its original condition time and time again.

As carpet is out of the question in a stylish and practical kitchen, wood can be the next best option in regards to comfort – warmer on toes than cold marble or tiles. But you could also cover part of the flooring with a rug to add warmth, colour and texture, perhaps within a dining or social area.

Colour: Keep it to your theme

Colour: Keep it to your theme

Light, dark, white, black or natural – wooden flooring comes in a choice of colours to perfectly match your kitchen design.

In addition to colour, there are a variety of finishes – from old and distressed for a traditional country kitchen to sleek dark wood for the more contemporary kitchen. Choose from ash, oak, bamboo or walnut. It could even complement your cabinets.

Opting for light wood in an all-white kitchen will make a style statement while black wood looks stunning in a kitchen that has enough natural light to pull off the look.

Maintenance: Good as new

Maintenance: Good as new

The secret to keeping a kitchen wood floor looking great for longer is to make sure it is regularly cleaned. Aside from re-sanding and re-finishing your floor every few years, regularly mopping and sweeping will keep it in tip-top condition.

The initial installation of your flooring is also crucial – it's advisable to use a professional floor fitter who will use the correct methods to ensure your floor won't move out of place in the future.

If you take good care of your wood floor, it should look its best for years to come.

Laminate flooring: the look for less

Laminate flooring: the look for less

Laminate wooden-style flooring is a less expensive option that's easy to maintain and hardwearing. It's made up of a compressed fiberboard planks, covered by images of wood and finished with a protective overlay.

Click-lock designs make laminate flooring simple to install. It won't look or feel exactly like the real thing, but it's certainly a solid wood alternative worth considering given its practicality and affordability.

Traditional or modern, rustic or retro, wooden flooring comes in a range of colours and styles to complement the design of your kitchen. If installed to a high standard, both solid wood and laminate flooring add an appealing finishing touch to any kitchen.

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