Many features pull together to make the perfect kitchen. Having carefully selected your beautiful and hard-wearing wooden worktops, sturdy and reliable solid oak cabinets, and a selection of kitchen appliances, your attention may turn to your next design feature: flooring!
There is a wide variety of flooring suitable for oak kitchens and – being located in one of the busiest rooms of the home – it is important to ensure your final flooring choice is designed to withstand all the comings and goings of a dynamic household for years to come.
To help you choose from an array of options that suit both your practical requirements and your design preferences, we have devised this helpful kitchen flooring information guide:
Other kitchen flooring options include cork and bamboo, which are also worth considering. Cork can now be found in a variety of colours and patterns that bring it up-to-date for the 21st century. It is also a great choice for dedicated cooks who spend a good deal of time on their feet, as internal air pockets create natural cushioning and act as a shock absorber to reduce the possibility of damaging dropped plates. As cork flooring is essentially derived from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, the sourcing of this material is also highly sustainable.
Bamboo, is very ecologically-friendly too, thanks to the rapid growth rate of bamboo plants. Although it is actually a grass, bamboo has many of the excellent qualities of hardwood flooring, as it is incredibly strong and hard-wearing. Whilst this material is susceptible to scratches over time, it is easily refinished in much the same way as hardwood floors.
Don’t forget, you can envisage a number of flooring options alongside wooden cabinets using our Kitchen Style Tool for oak kitchens. For tips on making the most of this handy visualisation tool, take a look at our ‘How To Use Our Kitchen Style Tool’ information guide!