Using Hardwood Flooring in Kitchens
Why do most people think that they have to add tile or stone to their kitchen, rather than continuing the use of the hardwood floors as shown in the rest of their living space?
It is so much easier to recommend that clients consider the simplicity of continuing the use of hardwood so that there are no lines of demarcation between their living space and their kitchen – and depending on the quality and construction, they may also employ the use of radiant heat under the hardwood floors. This will ensure that the ‘hearth of their home’ remains the warm spot it was intended.
Some people think that using hardwood floors will make their home look like a country kitchen – and while that is true if you use certain cabinetry, countertops and accessories – you can also add hardwood to the most modern kitchen (and put your stone on the walls!) and have a look that is both classic with a modern touch!
When clients use hardwood in their kitchen spaces, they are pleased with the result as they have often agonized and argued over the type of tile or stone, and the pattern for layout – and instead of arguing over this matter, they can simply continue the hardwood flooring choice, which most couples can easily agree upon.
As a bit of humor, selecting hardwood flooring for your kitchen can actually save a lot of energy and relationship drama and the only thing you now have to agree upon is the cabinetry and countertop choices.
Hardwood floors are durable enough to last a lifetime, for your kitchen and the rest of your home!
Robin Wilson is an eco-friendly interior designer and a lifestyle brand with products sold at Bed Bath & Beyond.com. She is an ambassador to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America and author of Kennedy Green House (Greenleaf, 2010). She regularly appears on the speakers circuit, on television and offers commentary in print on wellness, sustainability and allergy & asthma issues. Learn more at www.robinwilsonhome.com