Things To Consider When Choosing Flooring For Your Kitchen Or Bathroom Remodel
It’s not too much of an understatement to say flooring can have a big impact on what impression your kitchen or bathroom makes when someone walks into either room. Flooring is hardly subtle. It’s on display at all times, so it’s not like you can have amazing cabinets and fixtures that will divert attention away from a floor that’s not all that appealing, either because of its condition or because it doesn’t fit in with the other changes you’ve made to your design. Get the most value from your kitchen or bath remodel by paying some extra attention to the flooring you choose. Here’s are five things to consider when choosing flooring for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.
1. Traffic Flow
Any bathroom or kitchen remodel Plano homeowners are planning should factor in how much either room is typically used. For instance, a space that’s going to have a lot of daily foot traffic will benefit more from flooring that’s designed to be fairly resistant to wear and tear. One hundred percent moisture-resistant and laboratory engineered to last for a long time, vinyl is a popular choice in high-traffic areas. Plus, it’s available a wide range of colors and styles, including some that mimic more expensive materials like marble, slate, and granite. While not durable enough for all high-traffic kitchens or bathrooms, cork is comfy and cushiony and reduces impact noise. It can still be a smart choice in areas with minimal traffic.
Wood tiles flooring Plano homeowners may want to consider to optimize durability should be made from harder woods since these are the woods that often last longer, sometimes for 50 years or more with proper care. A protective coating can also be applied to minimize scratches, stains and dents to further extend the life of flooring. Even a porous material like limestone can sealed for added protection and durability. There are also plenty of budget-friendly flooring materials such as high-pressured plastic laminates that can offer similar results in a kitchen and bathroom.
3. Room Size
Another consideration for a kitchen and bathroom remodel Plano homeowners are planning is each room’s available space. Lighter floors tend to make a cozier kitchen or bathroom feel larger. Lighter hues can also brighten up darker areas of a home. With wood, larger and wider scale planks and tiles can make a smaller space seem larger.
A bathroom or kitchen remodel Plano homeowners are planning should also include colors that are natural and neutral to allow for additional updates in the future. Natural designs, especially what’s available with wood tiles flooring Plano homeowners may prefer for their remodel, can easily match different decorative touches and wall colors. Going with neutral tones doesn’t mean settling for boring or bland flooring. Shades of beige, taupe, and ivory may not get as much attention as the various shades of white and gray, but they are also considered neutral colors, as is black.
5. Color and Style
The good thing about today’s flooring choices for kitchens and bathroom is the assortment of color selections. Before choosing a color for your floor, consider what your dominate colors will be with the rest of your decor. Also consider your intended focal point. If you really want eyes to be naturally drawn to your amazing new cabinets or your stunning double sink, then you probably don’t want flooring that pops with so much color that it’s going to be an instant distraction from anything else. On the other hand, flooring with rich hues and stunning colors can effectively blend in with your new color scheme if you opt for complementary colors. Wood alone can create a warm look with its various shades, and ceramic tile and vinyl have the most variation in terms of color. Kitchen and bathroom flooring can become even more stylish with finishing touches such as design strips and borders.
Determine where your tiles will be applied
Before you can even consider what to buy, you need to decide which surfaces need tile. Tiles are often used as pops of character when applied to the backsplash behind the stove or beneath the upper cabinets. Modern tiling is also a wildly popular choice for countertops, and of course, the floors. It may seem obvious, but taking a moment to decide where your tiles will be applied, will spare plenty of drama later on.
Consider the differences between tiles
When someone says the word ’tile’, most people immediately envision the ceramic or porcelain variety. In fact the word ’tile’ can refer to all sorts of materials. As long as it can be set in rows or blocks on a flat surface, it’s a tile. In a modern kitchen, your options are vast – from stone, cork and linoleum to bamboo, glass and of course, ceramic and porcelain. Your application will largely dictate which tile you can use. Glass, for example, is ill suited as a floor tile, but great for backsplashes.
Calculate Your Bathroom Tile Budget
When choosing bathroom tile, you should always start with your budget or at least a range. This will help keep your fantasies in check as you go through the rest of the process. After all, you could fork over a fortune on just one piece of exquisite subway tile if you’re not careful!
Setting a budget helps you set parameters for the overall project. Now if you stray, you’ll have a flashing red warning light in your head. And if you choose to ignore that warning light, well…you may have an even more beautiful bathroom. But at what cost?
Once you’ve decided how much you can spend, your next step is to find out the total square footage you want to cover with tile.
Select Bathroom Tile for Your Floor
Now that you’ve chosen a color and material, it should be easier to hone in on a particular tile for the floor. I suggest using a larger tile on your main floor. This will minimize grout lines, which are harder to keep clean than the tiles themselves.
You can pick a tile that’s not necessarily designed for the floor, but make sure to do a slip test: wet it down and move your bare foot across the surface. Would you fall?
In the shower, you’ll likely require a smaller format or mosaic tile to facilitate proper drainage. There are lots of large format floor tiles that come in smaller format sizes. This is helpful if you want the color of your floor to continue into your shower area.
You can also use an entirely different color in your shower area.
Or play with shape, too.
Maybe even switch up the material. I love penny tile on a shower floor.
Questions To Ask When Buying Floor Tiles
Picking the right flooring when upgrading your home can be a bit overwhelming. Today, there seem to be endless choices even though most of the time we think all tiles look the same. Tiles come in different finishes, colours, and patterns that even though they look similar, they differ because of the tiling material used. So, before you go and shop for tiling based on the look alone, we’ll share with you some important questions to ask to help you find the best fit.
IS IT CERAMIC OR PORCELAIN?
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most readily available in the market today. Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic tiles and often used in areas that receive lots of traffic. Ceramic tiles are cheap and come in different finishes like matte, gloss and glazed, so you can quickly find a design that suits your home. Other than the price, colour, and pattern of the tiles you want to buy, it’s certainly important to know the type and whether they are designed to handle the space they’re intended to be installed.
IS IT SLIP RESISTANT?
If slip resistance is a concern, you need tiles that don’t get slippery. Slip resistant tiles come with a unique finish. They are often used in areas such as the bathroom, kitchen or patio where the tiles are likely to get wet. Choose a tile that has been designed with a textured, matte finish instead of the high glossy tiles, which may be beautiful to look at but not practical for areas like the bathroom. Installing the wrong tiles in a space can be a serious safety hazard so make sure you take the right steps to find tiles with a suitable finish.
IS IT DURABLE?
Of course, you need a tile that will last for as long as possible. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are designed to last for years especially when properly installed. If you are planning on installing the tiles on your own, make sure you find out from the tile expert how to get the job done properly so that it doesn’t interfere with the product’s lifespan.
WHAT ARE THE MAINTENANCE DEMANDS?
Find out if the tiles will need regular sealing to last long. Some ceramic tiles are not recommended in porous areas because they get damaged when exposed to water. If you are looking for tiles that are ideal for the bathroom or kitchen, find out first if they have water-resistant features.
DOES IT COME IN A VARIETY OF PATTERNS/SHAPES?
It’s good to find beautiful tiles that you love. You’ll see them every day in your space so make sure you love how well they look. Ceramic tiles are available in an array of patterns and shapes so it’s easy to find something that suits your unique tastes. If you have a small space, avoid tiles with busy patterns because they tend to make the room look cluttered. Go for a simple look and smaller tiles that will create an illusion of a much larger space.