Hardwood Flooring: Is It Right For Your Kitchen?

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General wisdom usually goes that hardwood flooring and kitchens don't mix. However, many homes feature beautiful hardwood flooring that extends into the kitchen. Are these homes in which the kitchen is mostly for show while the family dines out? That's not necessarily the case – it's more about setting up your kitchen to accommodate your work style. Consider creating a seamless hardwood floor in your home by extending it into the kitchen.

Solid Wood Flooring

Manufacturers construct wooden planks and strips from a single piece of wood for solid hardwood flooring. This does mean that the wood is susceptible to humidity and temperature changes, as Home and Garden TV points out. However, solid wood can be repeatedly sanded, meaning it can be refinished over and over. This is ideal for high-traffic areas such as the kitchen. Solid hardwood planks simply need the proper underlayment, in this case one lined in vinyl or plastic.

Cleaning Wood Flooring

In general, hardwood flooring fares best when it's cleaned either with an oil-based soap or a vinegar solution. Both of these protect the hardwood. Wood flooring in the kitchen may require more frequent cleaning than the rest of the house. Likewise, it's important to wipe up any spill right away to minimize the moisture collection on the wood flooring.

Hardwood Styles

The most common boards for hardwood flooring are narrow strips under three inches wide. The strips break up the natural grain of the hardwood, offering more patterning. This may not be suitable for a smaller kitchen. Planks are over three inches in width. They offer a softer variation in patterning since more of the natural wood grain shows. The wider planks look beautiful in any size kitchen.

Another consideration is the coloration of the hardwood. Wood flooring can range from the lightest of blonde to opaque black. Generally, extremes in coloration show spills more readily, so middle tones might be best in the kitchen.

Reclaimed Hardwood

Eco-consciousness is the byword of the day. Reclaimed hardwood has been harvested from old buildings, such as barns, about to be torn down. The aged hardwood shows charming marks such as notches and wormholes. This type of profile is highly attractive in a country or, especially, farm-style kitchen.

Cabinetry

Because cabinets are also usually made of wood, you'll need to consider what you want to overall look to be. It's possible to keep the natural wood look of the cabinetry as well. If that's your choice, match tone for tone even if the color's different. In other words, if your wood flooring is warm-toned, look for warm-toned cabinets that feature a color in the flooring. Otherwise, paint the cabinets, and let your wood flooring offer the only natural profile in your kitchen.

For more information, contact New York Hardwood Floors or a similar company.

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