There’s nothing like entertaining family and friends during the holiday season. It’s an opportunity to gather the cherished people in our lives and celebrate the holidays.
If you’re planning to host celebrations this holiday season, now is the time to prepare. And as the kitchen often becomes the gathering place of choice during these events, you may want to pay special attention to turning your kitchen into that warm, welcoming, functional and aesthetically pleasing environment that’s perfect for holiday celebrations.
Of course, no one enjoys the disruption and costs associated with a full kitchen remodeling project. But it’s important to understand that refreshing rather than replacing a kitchen can be an ideal option for many homeowners.
A kitchen refresh can be defined in many ways. But few would argue that a refresh focused on two elements – countertops and flooring – would not make a significant difference in the appearance and functionality of most kitchens. And while refreshing a kitchen’s countertops and undeniably is a serious difference-maker, even upgrading one of these two key elements can be an excellent option.
Today, we’ll look at the second, fresh, new flooring.
REFRESH THAT FLOORING
If your kitchen still has original builder grade flooring from when your home was built, it’s time to look at modern options that can quickly and affordably transform the look of your kitchen without shutting it down for weeks and/or breaking your budget.
- Stone tile is available in polished, toned, tumbled or flamed finishes, giving homeowners a great degree of flexibility and the ability to customize the look of their new kitchen flooring. Stone tile requires stone-specific cleaning products to avoid dulling the finish with residue, so take that into consideration before choosing stone tile.
- Ceramic tile can be an excellent choice in your kitchen. It’s tough, durable and brings a classy, finished aesthetic to a kitchen.
- Porcelain tile has the durability to stand up to high traffic areas and is also low maintenance. In addition to its quality feel, porcelain tile can be made to look like stone, marble or even wood, giving it amazing flexibility and the ability to provide homeowners with precisely the look they seek.
- Artisan tile is available in countless looks, shapes, textures and colors. While major manufacturers make artisan styled tiles, many small shops design and produce highly specialized tiles with an almost one-of-a-kind look and feel. If you’re looking for a beautiful, uncommon look, artisan tile may be the perfect choice for you and your home.
- Solid wood flooring can, in fact, be an excellent choice for your kitchen. Today’s wood finishes are tough and protect wood, making it resistant to water damage. Wood is an ideal option for homeowners who seek a warm or rustic look for their kitchen. Wood requires specialized cleaning products to bring out its best finish.
- Engineered hardwood is similar to solid wood flooring, but rather than each plank being cut, shaped and finished as a solid piece, engineered hardwoods feature thin, laminated sheets of wood laid in multiple directions with a solid top layer. This gives the wood great resistance to warping. Like solid wood flooring, today’s engineered hardwoods are finished with tough, durable and highly protective coatings. Engineered hardwood is an excellent option for homeowners seeking an attractive, lower priced flooring option.
- Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are often an even more budget friendly choice than engineered hardwoods. Luxury vinyl, whether plank or tile, is also extremely water and moisture resistant.
ENVISION YOUR REFRESHED KITCHEN
Refreshing your kitchen is an exciting proposition. To ensure you get the results you want, it’s important to plan, make smart choices and work with experts.
Our experienced staff is waiting to learn about your home, your kitchen, your goals and your budget. We’ll take the time to listen, then make the right recommendations for your situation. We invite you to check into CliqStudio, which uses a highly specialized program to produce 3-D images of your new kitchen. CliqStudio is also home to Natalie Seymour, our Senior Interior Designer. Natalie holds a B.A. in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix and an Associates degree in Interior Architecture from the Roosevelt Academy in Middelburg, Netherlands.
With great listening skills, communication and rendering technology, Natalie is able to make the vision in your head come to life in a 3D reality before finally coming to fruition on installation day.
Contact us today and let us help you transform your kitchen in time for a wonderful holiday season!