By Joel Marguerite. Kitchen Design. Published at Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 00:16:21 AM.
It’s easy to overlook kitchen flooring when you’re busy thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But the floor of your kitchen is likely to be one of the largest surface areas in the room, so its selection deserves careful thought.
Ceramic tiles are primarily made from clay and other natural materials. They come in many different shapes, colours and textures. Though less expensive than porcelain, they tend to be manufactured with fewer straight edges and square corners, which means that grout lines need to be thicker. This results in a more grid-like finish.
To coordinate, go for materials in the same finish (matt or gloss) and match the colours as closely as possible. Choose a material that can be used for both worktops and floors, or match, say, a walnut floor to a rich brown stone or composite worktop.
Accent lighting might consist of lighting on shelving, in cupboards or in niches. Lights built into the plinth of a central island or a single run of units gives a gentle wash of light across the floor to make the cabinetry look like it’s floating, while a run of LED lights under the rim of an island worktop makes this is an inviting space to be drawn to, especially if there are bar stools here.
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