Re-designing your kitchen can take months of preparation. There are so many decisions to make, from the colour and finish of your kitchen work tops to the design and functionality of your appliances. It can all become very overwhelming!
Up there with one of the most important design decisions is your choice of flooring. The floor you choose needs to complement your new kitchen, be able to withstand the pressures of heavy footfall and (most importantly) be easy to clean… kitchen floors are magnets for food and drink spills!
In today’s blog, we’re looking closely at porcelain tiles. For years, porcelain patio tiles have been used to create stunning outdoor spaces, but are they a good choice for the kitchen? Let’s find out!
Easy to Clean
We’re sure that the first thing you’ll want to do after your new kitchen is installed is throw a nice dinner party. Once the wine’s flowing, you can guarantee that someone will spill a glass and the last thing you want is to run the risk of a huge stain on your brand-new flooring!
Porcelain tiles are an ideal flooring option for the kitchen is that they’re incredibly easy to clean. Designed to absorb less than 0.05% of surface water, which means you can wipe spilt food and drink away easily. All you need is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water.
For most homeowners, the last thing they want is to install a new kitchen that’s going to take up hours and hours of their time in maintenance. Choosing something like laminate flooring can cause you a real headache later down the line because it’s known for splitting, creasing and raising (particularly when wet). To maintain laminate flooring, you need to keep it dry at all times and avoid dropping anything sharp or heavy on it – not the easiest feat when you’ve got a busy kitchen. If an accident does occur you can be forced to replace sections of the floor costing you valuable time and money.
Porcelain tiles are incredibly easy to maintain and they won’t crack or chip (even if you drop something heavy on them). Why is porcelain so strong? Because it’s vitrified at a very high temperature! This creates tiles with a strong substrate and a sealed exterior that won’t need to be treated annually. For that reason, porcelain tiles are a much lower-maintenance than natural materials like slate and hardwood.
If you want to give your new kitchen a stylish appearance then porcelain pavers are a great choice. They come in a wide range of different colours and finishes, and can even feature a wood effect, allowing you to achieve a natural finish without the hassle of timber floor boards.
We really like the way that kitchens look when people combine a combination of different porcelain paving ranges to create a completely unique design. Mixing complementary shades of cream or grey can really elevate the look of your new kitchen and provide some ‘wow-factor’.
So, if you’re about to embark on a kitchen renovation, we’d highly recommend giving porcelain tiles a try. They tick all the boxes for style and performance.