When you’re remodeling your kitchen, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of new granite countertops, energy-efficient appliances, and the latest cabinetry trends. Before you start making major changes, take some time to think about your floors. After all, they can be just as big of an impact on the look and feel of your kitchen as any other aesthetic upgrade! Here are seven ways to instantly improve the look of your kitchen floors right now!
1) Update your Flooring
This is probably one of the easiest DIY projects you can do, and it’s also one that will give you an instant return on your investment. This flooring improvement project requires little more than a coat of paint. If you really want to kick things up a notch, however, consider getting some new tile for your kitchen floors. Resurfacing them with marble or slate adds instant glamour—as well as extra durability. Make sure to buy high-quality materials so they’ll last in your home for years to come!
2) Add Contrast
Dark flooring (whether tile, hardwood, or natural stone) can make a room look smaller. A great way to instantly improve your kitchen’s appearance is by choosing lighter-colored flooring—such as cream-colored vinyl floor tiles. This can instantly brighten and widen a kitchen and create an open and airy feel.
Although darker tiles may initially look more attractive, lighter-colored flooring will create a larger visual impact. This is because darker colors recede visually, making them appear smaller than their actual size. Conversely, lighter colors appear to come forward and expand in space.
3) Shine It Up
It’s a simple DIY that only takes a few minutes, but a good shine will instantly improve your kitchen floors. The following steps can be used for any floor type—tile, hardwood, laminate, etc.—and really just comes down to polishing it up and making it look brand new again.
Shine It Up can be used as a verb, as well. If your kitchen floors need a little pick-me-up, go ahead and shine them up! Here’s how:
- Add a layer of wax or polish to your floor. You can use a thick coat for an instant shine or thin layers over time for a more muted effect. This step is totally optional—if you want to skip it, you can still give your floorboards a new lease on life with some elbow grease and some steps three through five.
- If you’re going for a glossy shine, use a buffer to spread your polish evenly over your floor. For a matte finish, work it in by hand. Buffers are also good for getting into corners and edges (which can be hard to reach with just a mop).
- Mop your floor with hot water. A steam mop is ideal for kitchen floors, but you can use a regular mop or broom, too. Don’t be afraid to get some elbow grease into it! If you’re using a steam mop, make sure your water is hot enough—if it’s too cold, it will dull rather than shine your floorboards. For an extra shiny finish, squeeze in some lemon juice before you start mopping.
- Once you’ve finished mopping, give your floorboards a good dry. Make sure you go over every inch so there are no water marks or smudges! If your floor is still looking dull, try adding another layer of polish. This should give it a glossy shine that will instantly make it look brand new again.
4) Choose a Material That Matches
Kitchens are where families come together, where friends hang out, and where meals are made. They’re also home to some of our most frequently used items. The floors must be cleaned at least daily, if not multiple times each day—so they need to be durable and resilient enough for heavy use. Laminate is a popular option because it can take on almost any shape or size. It’s easy-to-clean too; just make sure you choose a material that matches your style!
If you have a more limited budget, linoleum is a popular choice. While it’s not as glamorous as hardwood, its vibrant colors and patterns can bring a fresh twist to an otherwise dull kitchen. It’s also available in tiles that are easily removed and replaced, making it easier to redecorate as your tastes change over time.
5) Choose the right
A bright color may seem like a good idea for your kitchen, but it can add an unwelcome splash of vibrancy to otherwise neutral design schemes. Opting for lighter colors in your flooring is usually a safer choice if you want to make sure you don’t distract from other elements in your home. Think beige, cream or gray when you’re picking out new floors.
You might also want to think about any areas in your kitchen that are likely to get dirty. Hardwood is more durable than laminate flooring, but it’s also harder to clean. If you want a material that can look immaculate without too much effort, it may be worth opting for some type of laminate or linoleum instead.
6) Update your tile layout
There are many different ways that your kitchen flooring can be arranged. To achieve an instantly updated look for your kitchen, you can install tiles in a new layout. Experiment with different shapes and sizes until you find a tile layout that makes sense for your space. Removing tiles is relatively easy compared to removing carpeting, so it’s okay if you decide you don’t like your idea after installation.
When choosing new tile, consider styles that don’t require too much grout. Tile with larger grout lines will make your floor appear smaller than it actually is. If you like large-scale tile designs, but want something less traditional, try subway tiles in a coordinating pattern. These tiles are available in many colors and sizes.
7) Use non-slip pads under chairs, bar stools or table legs
A non-slip pad under a chair, bar stool or table leg will prevent it from sliding when it’s in use. Non-slip pads are often used in kitchens and bathrooms, but any area that sees significant foot traffic can benefit from using these safety devices. Non-slip pads are inexpensive, too! This DIY project can cost around $5-$10 per item depending on how many you make.
Use non-slip pads under chairs make a chair a safety hazard? If you have pets, children or people who move around a lot while sitting in a chair, you should consider using non-slip pads. It’s possible that someone can become injured if they trip and fall on a chair that is sliding around.