Putting in the Groundwork: Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Bespoke Kitchen

13 May 2024Putting in the Groundwork: Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Bespoke Kitchen

When you think about your dream kitchen, your mental spotlight will generally fall on cabinetry, countertops, and appliances. It’s very rare that a client comes to us with a vision for their kitchen that revolves around their choice of flooring.

Your kitchen floor is the foundation of your kitchen design. It needs to withstand thousands of footsteps and countless cooking spillages, and it also needs to be in-keeping with your kitchen’s aesthetic. Selecting the right flooring is therefore one of the most important considerations from a design perspective, so it shouldn’t be an afterthought – It is almost definitely the most difficult thing to replace if you grow to fall out of love with this, so this is not a decision to be rushed!

Our designers know everything there is to know about kitchen flooring, and they’re experts at blending functionality with finesse to create a space that exudes luxury while remaining practical. We’ve put together some of the key considerations you should bear in mind when exploring your kitchen floor choices.

Pictured above: Wood effect porcelain tiles in our Greenwich project. See more here.

Aspects to consider when selecting your kitchen flooring

Lifestyle and Maintenance:

Your kitchen floor should reflect not just your aesthetic preferences, but also your lifestyle. Households bustling with children, pets, and frequent gatherings need floors that are not only beautiful, but also tough and easy to clean.

Kitchen spills can be stubborn, so avid cooks should opt for floors that don’t stain. Some floors scuff and scratch easily, so party hosts or pet owners should avoid these options altogether. Your designer will discuss your lifestyle as well as your aesthetic preferences to ensure we present flooring options that are as practical as they are beautiful.

Aesthetic Harmony:

Your floor choice is as integral to your colour palette as your wall coverings, and it should be given just as much thought and consideration.

Your kitchen flooring can contribute to a seamless look that extends throughout the rest of your home, or it can define the kitchen as a distinct space. Whether you’re drawn to the warmth of hardwood or the elegance of natural stone, your choice should align with your home’s overarching theme. Our designers will discuss these considerations with you during your initial design consultation.

Budget Constraints:

Whether you’re leaning towards opulent marble coverings or high-quality laminate, working with a bespoke kitchen designer can help you explore flooring materials that fit your budget without compromising on luxury, practicality, or aesthetics.

Our designers will work within your budget’s parameters and will remain fully transparent with regards to costing.

A Krantz Designs deep blue media wall and home bar.Pictured above: Large format porcelain tiles in our Cambridge project. See more here.

Exploring Flooring Options

Porcelain Tiles

Tile stands out for its versatility and durability. With an endless array of designs, from the classic simplicity of natural stone and marble imitation porcelain, to wood effect, tiled flooring can fit any bespoke kitchen design if you know where to find the best options. Our designers are able to source a wide range of luxurious and unique tiles directly from Italy and will help you to make an informed choice. This is our most highly recommended flooring finish for your bespoke kitchen as it’s an incredible heat conductor so works effectively with underfloor heating systems and incredibly stain and scratch resistant – The advancements in print technology have meant that these can really imitate natural stone with all the added durability benefits that porcelain can bring to your home.

Pictured above: Large format porcelain tiles in our Stamford project. See more here.

Laminate Flooring

Many of us think of the flat, plastic lino of the past when a designer mentions laminate. However, laminate and vinyl have evolved over the years and high-quality laminate can really elevate a room’s aesthetic.

Quality laminate and vinyl flooring comes at a premium price point, but this expense is still a fraction of the cost of hardwood or stone, and modern advancements have made these materials more durable and realistic than ever before.

Pictured above: Laminate flooring in our Barnsdale project. See more here.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete offers a sleek, industrial look with unparalleled durability. Customisable through staining and polishing, concrete flooring is often an excellent choice for a modern kitchen design.

Pictured above: Concrete flooring in our Eastgate project. See more here.

Natural Stone Floor

Natural stone exudes unmatched elegance. The unique veining and texture of each piece of stone turns your kitchen flooring into a work of art, making it a popular choice for those seeking luxury and exceptional durability. Please note that natural stone floors must be maintained and sealed overtime so can be quite time consuming and costly to look after over the years, although it works fantastically well in period properties.

Pictured above: Natural stone flooring in our Huntingdon project. See more here.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood brings a timeless elegance, gradually acquiring a patina that adds character to the kitchen. Today’s finishes and wood treatments offer improved durability suitable for a luxury kitchen’s demands. Please note that engineered wood can be scratched and must less hardwearing than porcelain.

Parquet flooring in a Krantz Designs bespoke kitchen.Pictured above: Hardwood flooring in our Knightsbridge project. See more here.

The Role of a Bespoke Kitchen Designer

There are so many options when it comes to kitchen flooring, and making a choice can often be daunting. This is where the expertise of a bespoke kitchen designer becomes indispensable.

Your designer will consider the kitchen’s layout, the natural light, and how the space flows with the rest of your home. Every recommendation they put forward will be carefully considered, so you can rest assured that any decision you make will be a good one.

Their knowledge ensures your choices not only meet your aesthetic and functional needs, but also enhance the kitchen’s overall design. For this reason, it’s important to be open about your stylistic preferences, your lifestyle, and your budget so that our designers can take steps to ensure your flooring works for you.

If you’d like to discuss a project, reach out to a member of the Krantz Designs team to book a no-obligation consultation. Our designers will help you lay the foundations for a truly spectacular kitchen.

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