Should you use hardwood flooring in your kitchen?

Hardwood flooring is classic, warm and inviting. It’s a material that’s always in style. A big question I frequently hear is whether you should you use hardwood flooring in your kitchen. There is no right or wrong answer to this quesiton. I have hardwood flooring in my kitchen and love it. Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons of using hardwood flooring in a kitchen.

 {Hardwood flooring works well to unify this open floor plan kitchen & sunroom. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{Hardwood flooring works well to unify this open floor plan kitchen & sunroom. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

PROS:

  • Open up a space. If your kitchen is open to a hardwood-covered space, continuing the wood flooring into the kitchen really opens up the space visually and prevents having to use a transition between two types of flooring. A long run of one type of flooring creates a continuous line that always opens up a space.
  • Comfort. Hardwood flooring is more comfortable to stand on than tile while cooking and preparing meals. It’s softer and that also means less breakage of dropped items.
  • Grout-free. Many clients have one request when it comes to flooring—”less gout.” Hardwood flooring scores big on this one! This also makes hardwood flooring easy to clean and keep looking good.
  • Classic, long-lasting material. Hardwood floors will last forever (refinishing is an option to help restore worn out floors) and is always in style. You can change the look by changing the stain during refinishing. Yes, plank widths go in and out of style, but wood as a material is never going to go out of style.
 {Dark hardwood floors add a stylish, rich contrast to this kitchen's custom painted cabinets, countertop and hexagon backsplash. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{Dark hardwood floors add a stylish, rich contrast to this kitchen's custom painted cabinets, countertop and hexagon backsplash. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

CONS:

  • Water. Water damage is a big concern when it comes to wood flooring in a kitchen. Placing a mat under the sink can help prevent this type of damage. If you have pets, place a mat under their water bowl. You shouldn’t let water sit on the floors for a long time as that will cause damage.
  • Cost. Hardwood flooring is more expensive than most tile so that can be a con if it’s not in your project’s budget.

What do you think about using hardwood flooring in your kitchen? Have you had a good or bad experience with hardwood flooring? Please leave a comment below and let me know!

April Pardoe