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Ask a Designer: Kitchen Floors


What looks are in for kitchen floors?

With tile flooring, doing inlays, border patterns, combination of different materials, bronze inlays, glass inlays, and just having a lot more fun with it than a traditional, plain tile floor. There’s a lot porcelains now that you can’t tell the difference between whether it’s a real slate or a porcelain slate. The tile companies have really advanced in the industry to create materials that look so much like the real thing but have more durability. With natural stones, they are still popular also, but the care and sealing is something that does need to be taken into consideration.

If the kitchen is open to a family room or right off the dining room, carrying the wood floor colors throughout. Consistency is what I prefer as a designer. With different style homes that are not-so-traditional, something that might be more eclectic in style, or contemporary, changing floors to blend with the room’s décor is something that is very appropriate. Also, with transitioning from one room to another, sometimes we’ll do a wood border that ties in from one room, but then the center pattern inlaid in the wood border, we can transition into a different wood, or even a completely different material.