Kitchen Flooring: Separate or Same Material?

When it comes to flooring, the kitchen area has traditionally been seen as a separate space. The flow of the room was considered outside of it as the food preparation area needed to have some sort of distinction from the rest of the home. It has now become more popular to extend the flooring used in the living room right through to the kitchen, however, this is not something that works for every home. If this is a design idea you are considering but are not 100% sure it would work in your home, read on to learn more about what layouts are the most conducive to extended flooring.

When To Use the Same Flooring

Open floor plans have become more popular in recent years. Homeowners want to be able to cook the family meal and keep an eye on their children at the same time. There is less focus on having separate areas for dining and relaxing and more emphasis on wide open spaces that provide one large unified look to all of its common living areas.

If you have an open layout and are renovating the floors, simply extending the material through the kitchen area is a perfect idea. This will ensure that the flooring is all from the same dye-lot, keeping it uniform throughout the design. In addition, by replacing all the flooring at the same time it will all look brand new as compared to just adding it into the kitchen space later which will cause noticeable separation because of previous wear and tear to the existing non-kitchen flooring.

When To Keep It Separate

There are a few situations that make it best to leave the kitchen flooring as it is. If your kitchen is distinctly separated from the rest of the home through a door or other partition, using similar flooring will not have that much of an effect on the overall look. If there is carpeting directly off of the kitchen area, this will obviously not be a useful material to extend into the room. Kitchens that are separated by one or more steps up or down will not necessarily benefit from continuing the flooring unless the transition area is updated as well. It it best to leave the areas separate and allow them to have their own character. Finally, if you cannot find a proper match for the flooring to extend into the kitchen because of its being installed years previously, there will be an unmistakable look of old and new upon entering the kitchen.

We hope this post has been helpful in assisting you with your flooring questions. To get started on a new look for your home today, come see us at our showroom or call us today!