Should I Use Different Flooring in My Kitchen than in the Rest of the House?

When you begin a new kitchen renovation, or you consider replacing the flooring in the rest of your home, you may wonder whether you should extend your new flooring throughout the space, or separate the kitchen. For many years, the kitchen was seen as separate from the rest of the home, much like the bathroom is now. Therefore the rule of thumb was always that the kitchen often needed separate flooring. Things have changed, however, which means that kitchens can now take on several different looks.

When the Kitchen Should Be Separate

There are times when the kitchen flooring should remain separate from the rest of the home. If your house falls into one of these categories, consider keeping the kitchen flooring different:

  • If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house by way of a door or doors.
  • If you use carpet in the areas directly off the kitchen.
  • If you have flooring in the rest of the house that would be difficult to match to color, tone, or style.
  • If the kitchen is on a slightly different level than the rest of the flooring, such as one section of flooring being thicker or more elevated than the other

When the Kitchen Should Be the Same

Since the time of Frank Lloyd Wright, floor plans have been opening up across the country. This means that kitchens are rarely as closed off from the rest of the house as they used to be. If your kitchen opens out onto another room, or is a combination kitchen and dining room or kitchen and living room, the flooring ideally needs to stay the same through all the areas to get the most cohesive effect.

Likewise, if you are renovating your kitchen at the same time you are replacing the floors in other areas of your home that are adjacent to the kitchen, it would make sense at this time to choose the same floors for your kitchen.