Wood Kitchen Floors, Part 2

Design and Aesthetic Considerations for your floor 


In a previous post on kitchen flooring, we discussed the merits of a few types of hardwood flooring. The last post focused exclusively on practical considerations. In this post we’ll talk about design and aesthetic elements.

Your aesthetic goals will influence the type of wood best suited to your kitchen renovation, so it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the wood types discussed in part 1.

Floors play a similar role to kitchen cabinets in the overall design scheme.  Even though your kitchen floor might take a background visual position to kitchen countertops and fixtures, they support and unify the overall feel of the visual space.  And, like cabinets, flooring can be used to visually calm a busy environment, or add flair to an understated motif.

Hue and Finish of your Wood Flooring

The Hue

As a general rule of thumb, darker wood hues convey traditional elegance, especially when the overall theme for your kitchen renovation incorporate darker tones. To create a more informal, modern atmosphere, dark flooring can be married with light features (cabinets, countertops).

  • Oak is available in a range of natural hues, and lends itself well to dark stains
  • Bamboo, while typically light in colour, can also hold a dark stain, blending classic and modern looks.

Light hues, on the other hand, tend to feel rustic, domestic, and do well to complement sleek, modern designs

  • Ash falls on the sleek end of the spectrum, with a characteristic light hue and subtle grain
  • Pine, on the other hand, offers the rustic feel, with its naturally knotty appearance. We also mentioned in the previous post that its long history of use as flooring means that authentic character can be found in the form of reclaimed antique floor

Painted flooring as an option for your kitchen

A less conventional option, painted flooring allows for maximal colour creativity, and a variety of feels. Bright colours can liven up a heavy visual atmosphere, or softer greys or browns can calm a busy aesthetic. Patterns in the paint allow for even more creativity and personal flair.

Wood Finishes

While finish is more practical than aesthetic, its importance can’t be understated! The kitchen floor is highly trafficked, spilt-upon and frequently swept and mopped. Wood flooring is an investment worth protecting. Make sure you select a quality finish that is up to par with the flooring itself.

Your kitchen floor is an investment both from the aesthetic point of view and resale value of your home. A well-chosen floor will serve both practical and aesthetic functions for years to come, making your kitchen a place people will want to be!

Are you thinking of a kitchen renovation in 2014? Contact M-Squared Contracting to discuss your kitchen or home renovations with an expert.

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