Remodeling and Home Design

Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

These days, the debate over this question has many people opting to experiment with hardwood flooring in one of the most trafficked areas of the home: the kitchen. Simply peruse any one of an array of home décor magazines such as Canadian House & Home or Western Living, and it won’t be long before you find examples of how hardwood in the kitchen can work for you.

Traditionally, it’s been a toss-up between tile or old-fashioned linoleum in kitchens. Now, however & depending upon which type of hardwood you choose – both solid and engineered floors can be installed offering the main hub of any home an entirely new & dramatic look.

In terms of deciding what species of wood to install in the kitchen, keep several things in consideration when conducting your research.

Pick a species with some hardness

Kitchen’s suffer a lot of wear & tear, and as such – so will your flooring & especially around the sink / dishwasher area. That being said it is important to stay away from Pine, Hemlock and other wood species that are naturally lighter in colour & have a wider grain pattern (wherein, stains & scuffs from everyday use will show up more easily). Rather – consider species with a much tighter grain and slightly darker colour (think “Mahogany”:, Walnut or “Oak”: species), or perhaps even the hardiness of Bamboo.

Select a texture that will take some wear and tear

Your next consideration, upon deciding which species to use in your kitchen will be the overall finished texture. This is where a question of smooth versus hand scraped or distressed finishing comes into play. Ultimately the main factor here again is derived from ‘wear & tear’ of the area. Smooth offers a smooth and sleek finish – and will undoubtedly look stunning, that is – until the first few pans, cast-iron pots or cups are dropped on your spotlessly-perfect new floor.

Distressed & Hand Scraped are where it’s at in this debate. It is simply the ideal choice for kitchens as it is already made to look ‘scraped’ and weathered. Minor scratches or any damage incurred through use will only add character to your overall space. Knowing this; the more you beat it up, the better it looks.(Check out our distressed and Hand scraped floors)

Throw in a dash of protection

In order to aid in the prolonged ‘newness’ of your hardwood floor – you should make sure you get the best protective finish that you can get for your floor. The best finish is a factory finish as all the environmental conditions can be controlled and stronger UV finishes can be used. A quality finish will help further prevent moisture seepage – always a concern when installing hardwood.

As well, having a simple throw-rug placed below the sink-area will help catch any errant splashes and spills, and if your hardwood extends toward the dining area, you might want to place a rug below the table (that is, unless ‘Fido’ catches absolutely everything).

… and enjoy!

So indeed, hardwood can find a safe place in your kitchen. Though one of the most well used rooms within your home, don’t hesitate to use traditional and exotic wood flooring to help make it a spectacular space at that.

Your exclusive 100 year old floor is like a personal signature of individual style and can be trusted to endure all of life’s moments (messy or not) throughout your home and your life.

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