Wood flooring in many ways is an ideal choice for kitchens. Wood has an innate beauty due to its texture and visual depth. Wood is solid underfoot. Because wood is not a good thermal conductor, it feels pleasurably warm during cold winter months. And wood is a perennially favorite building material: Whether you sell your house now or later, resale value usually will remain high.
However, wherever there is water, care must be taken when choosing the type of flooring. From the perspective of moisture, all organic materials are at risk. Wood flooring in kitchens differs from wood flooring in bathrooms. Bathrooms' high moisture make solid hardwood a poor choice, with engineered wood flooring only a slightly better choice. In this space, water comes from all directions: bathtub overflows, sink spills, shower pooling, and general humidity.
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Upscale Kitchen With Wood Flooring
Bathroom floors are mentioned in relation to kitchen floors to illustrate the more predictable nature of water in the kitchen. Kitchens do not have nearly the moisture impact of bathrooms. Water in kitchens is expected mainly around the kitchen sink and dishwasher. If water is found elsewhere, it is unexpected and repairs must be made.
But if moisture is an overriding concern, there are plenty of better kitchen flooring choices that repel moisture, dry fast, and stand up to the high traffic that this room endures: sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl flooring, ceramic or porcelain tile, and natural stone.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Rustic Wood Plank Flooring for a Kitchen
The type of wood plank flooring sold at most retailers is called box plank. Box plank comes in nested bundles of boards that might be as long as 6 feet long but usually are much shorter. This assembly of many short boards creates a mosaic look. With too many short boards, the effect is chaotic and jumbled.
By contrast, long, continuous plank boards create a room that looks calm and organized. The unbroken horizontal lines impose an orderly feeling on the room. Authentic, continuous-board plank flooring is expensive and hard to find. But it can be a worthy purchase for the right type of home.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Modern Kitchen With Black Wood Flooring
Black wood flooring in a kitchen is a singular look that works best with contemporary homes. By staining or painting the wood flooring black, the only visual quality of the wood that remains is the wood grain, and this is visible only from certain angles and in certain lights. Paint lower-quality wood flooring black to extend its lifespan or to cover up troublesome stains.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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All-Wood Kitchen With Wood Flooring
Smart, well-placed touches of wood can transform a staid, dull kitchen into a warm gathering place. For wood addicts, this favored building material can be found all throughout this kitchen in the form of flooring, beams, cabinets, door trim, window trim, and a kitchen island.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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White Oak Wood Flooring in a Cabin-Style Kitchen
Achieve the feeling of a cozy cabin by installing wood flooring in the kitchen. And this kitchen employs its white oak flooring to great effect. Creating a warm vintage look, Edison bulbs, an antique wall clock, and an old-school fridge are combined with white pine paneling and a generously high open beam ceiling.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Wood Parquet Flooring Warms a Cool Euro Kitchen
When done right, wood flooring can work miracles in a kitchen. This sleek, ultra-modern Euro-style kitchen would be cold and forbidding with a glossy black or white porcelain floor. Instead, this natural wood parquet flooring instantly warms up the white IKEA thermofoil cabinets and chilly Arctic ice mosaic tile backsplash behind the sink.
Wood parquet flooring is considered to be a visually busy material, so it would not work as well in a highly ornate kitchen. That's why the clean, uncomplicated surfaces of this contemporary kitchen are the perfect complement to the parquet wood flooring.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Wood Flooring in a Country Kitchen
Good kitchen design is about the balance of contrasting elements: rough with smooth, light with dark, natural with artificial. But if you love wood and cannot get enough of it, you'll especially love this over-the-top kitchen with wood everywhere. The kitchen flooring is made of gorgeous distressed wood. The vertical post, the breakfast bar, the base cabinets, and the wall cabinets are natural wood, as well.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Contemporary Kitchen With Deeply Streaked Wood Flooring
The star of this modern kitchen is the wide-format commodity wood flooring that injects vitality into this open-plan space. Modern kitchens, with their slab cabinet doors, stainless steel appliances, and recessed lights, tend to be all about reduction. Colors and textures are toned down. That's why a deeply streaked wood floor like this one provides lots of vigor and visual stand-out features. A long mat down the center of the kitchen minimizes wear and tear on the wood flooring.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Open Plan Kitchen's Wood Flooring
This Hamburg, Germany condominium benefits from the dark wood floor that extends throughout the entire unit. What saves this very dark floor from swallowing up the apartment is the introduction of lighter colors throughout the flooring. Sometimes, it is the little touches that can turn the look of a room from ordinary to sophisticated, from modest to eye-catching.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Natural Wood Floor in a Retro Kitchen
With all of the white in this kitchen, the last thing you need is even more white. Popular kitchen design elements like cream or white cabinets, white subway tile, white paint, and white octagonal tiles would wash out this room.
Natural wood flooring, though, saves the look. This is one case where you can successfully install wildly contrasting floorboards. Each board is unique. Some are dark, some light, some in-between. And it all works because of the neutral canvas that this kitchen provides.