Whether you prefer ceramic tile, stone, wood floor materials or linoleum, your choice of kitchen floor patterns has never been greater.
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles have the advantage of being extremely durable and stylish. Ceramic tile is created by heating and cooling natural clay and minerals, whereas the more dense porcelain tile is produced when more refined clay is heated to higher temperatures.
Tile flooring is found in about 23% of American homes. There are literally hundreds of colors and designs available. Get the traditional polished finish or opt for one of the more contemporary surfaces or perhaps the timeless look of stone. Typical tile pieces are 12 inches by 12 inches, but large format and rectangular configuration are available as well.
Varieties of stone flooring include granite, onyx, slate, marble, quartzite and actual pebbles and stones. Its advantages include extreme durability, long life and the fact that it adds value to your home.
Or, if the look and feel of wood is your preference, select from natural or laminate kitchen floor patterns that truly create a warm and homelike feel where family and friends gather. Compare the many choices in oak, maple, birch, cherry and more – all with a variety of stains to match your decor. Modern, prefinished wood floors easily stand up to heavy traffic and resist stains. And laminates can provide the same look as 100% wood at lower cost.
Kitchen floor coverings of tile or wood are preferred by 90% of homeowners.
Many people confuse linoleum with vinyl floor covering. But linoleum is manufactured in an entirely different way, incorporating nothing but natural, biodegradable materials. Those include tree resins, linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour and dried flax seeds. It comes with a backing of jute or canvas. Vinyl, on the other hand, is simply a printed design covered by a protective layer that can wear away or become damaged.
Remember that your floor must be both durable and practical. And the kitchen floor patterns you consider should work with other elements of your design. With the variety of materials, textures, styles and colors now available, you’ll have no problem finding one that perfectly complements your lifestyle.