The kitchen area can go through a lot of wear and tear, from orange juice spills to baking mishaps, therefore it is important for this high traffic room to have hardwood floors that can handle it. Many people might be scared to install hardwood floors in their kitchen, but we're here to let you know that you shouldn't be. Along with care and maintenance there are other factors that will help your hardwood floors last longer in the kitchen.
Consider the Species of Hardwood
When getting hardwood floors in your kitchen you want to make sure they are as durable as possible. Nothing puts a damper on your day like dropping a pan and realizing you've dented your floors. To prevent this from happening you want to stick to hardwoods such as oak, maple, cherry, and hickory. You want to stay away from softwoods such as pine, and cedar.
The Finish of Your Floors is Essential
If there are spills and wet shoes running around your kitchen a water-resistant finish will be your best friend. This way messes during family parties and dinner occasions can be cleaned up without hassle. But, you can also go the route of having a clear water-based finish, which isn't as durable but easily touched up and recoated.
Complementing Color Schemes
It's important when getting hardwood floors in your kitchen to match them accordingly to the other colors in the room. For example, your cabinets, which if they are lighter might call for a darker floor and vice versa. You also should pay attention to the lighting in your kitchen, to help you determine if you should get light floors and brighten the space or go with darker floors making it cozier. For more information on dark versus light floors, check out our recent blog post The Pros and Cons of Dark and Light Floors.