There’s nothing more disappointing than walking into beautiful, modern bespoke kitchens then looking down at a dull or ill fitting tacky vinyl on the floor. Flooring is an integral part of your kitchen design but surprisingly it’s often an area that’s overlooked until the last minute. When you’re choosing a floor covering you should consider the colour, cost and durability of the material you’re using. It should compliment your units, worktops and the colours you’ve chosen for your walls. There are a range of different floorings on the market, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s just a few;
Laminate flooring is widely used in contemporary kitchens in the UK today. It comes in a range of different styles and colours, it doesn’t need to be expensive and it’s easy to fit. A good quality laminate can finish off any designer kitchen beautifully. It’s durable and long lasting and can be coated in a scratch resistant layer to further increase its durability. It’s a definite contender no matter how big or small your space is.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in the position where you can splash the cash why not go for wood or engineered wood in your designer kitchen. Real wood lasts and lasts, its tough and looks beautiful. The look of real wood tends to change over time due to it being a natural product but you can help maintain its original features by sanding it down and using oil. Real wood really will give a luxury feel to your new modern kitchen.
Vinyl is always a good choice if you’re on a tight budget as you can get it from as little as £5 per square metre. However if you do go for a low price vinyl you may find that the quality isn’t the best, it tends to tear easily making it more difficult to fit. There is quite a wide range of different prices on vinyl and you should find that without spending too much more the quality will considerably improve. Vinyl tends to be considered a little old fashioned these days so tends to be overlooked as an option for use in luxury kitchens but you can pay as much as £60 per square metre for a really posh top quality vinyl. It comes in a multitude of different colours and styles so you’ll almost always be able to find one that compliments your designer kitchen beautifully.
Ceramic tiles can often put people off because they’re not easy to lay if you’re not a dab hand at DIY, and if your floor isn’t level that’s an extra job you’ll need to tackle first. Ceramic tiles do look fantastic when they’re down giving a real flawless, clean crisp look perfect for any designer kitchen. On the down side they are cold on your toes and can be very slippery when wet! You don’t have to pay the earth for tiles but just be careful if you do go for cheaper ones as the quality can be less, meaning they crack easily when fitting them. It’s a good idea to pay as much as you can possibly afford and always try to buy an extra box just in case you do loose a few in the fitting process!
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Everyone has their own idea of how they want their bespoke kitchen to look. It can be done on a budget if necessary but still look beautiful and it always pays to shop around for the best deals. Try having a snoop around the showrooms for ideas then modify to your own taste or cost boundaries. Modern kitchen suppliers within the UK offer a great range of floor coverings to suit all styles and tastes but hopefully this information has given you a few ideas on what you might like to choose for your own personal luxury kitchen.