I have a confession to make: I have a thing about floors. Which is lucky, given the scale of the home renovation project we’ve undertaken! Joking aside, I do feel that flooring, in particular kitchen flooring, can often be overlooked. Think, for example, how much time most people spend choosing paint. The shopping trips, the samples and agonising over shades. (It’s even worse with wallpaper: unlimited patterns and colours to choose from seldom make for a swift decision.) Now have a long, hard think about what’s under your feet – possibly for the first time. Flooring is often the most neglected element of a room. I think that’s just crazy, given how important it is in terms of appearance and functionality.
So when I started to plan our new kitchen, my thoughts were focused on flooring from the outset. We’re creating a big, open living area, so the floor will cover a lot of space. And, unlike most of the walls, it won’t be hidden behind pictures, mirrors and appliances. I must admit, despite all my interiors knowledge and experience, choosing my new kitchen flooring wasn’t easy. There are so many elements to take into consideration, chiefly cost, appearance and practicality. However, after much deliberation (and a few changes of heart), we finally made a decision. Read on to discover my tried and tested guide to kitchen flooring ideas.