Whether you are renovating your kitchen before a move or creating your perfect bake-off and culinary space, flooring is a key element to your kitchen design.

Whether you are renovating your kitchen before a move or creating your perfect bake-off and culinary space, flooring is a key element to your kitchen design.

While some peoples first thoughts are for the latest gadgets and cupboards, the style-savvy will be looking to set the scene with a great looking kitchen floor that is built to last. Here are our top tips to help plan your new kitchen.

Tip One – Good for Purpose

If you are looking for a floor that will last the rigours of the busiest of kitchens then make sure you do your homework. If it doesn’t provide stain resistance or performance guarantees, then the chances are that it won’t live up to expectations or the rigours of a modern home.

Don’t forget slip resistance! With many hospital visits caused by slips in the kitchen, it is essential to invest in surfaces and flooring that reduce the chances of slipping over.

Tip Two – Get Mood boarding

Having a design plan is a great way to get a beautifully choreographed scheme without expensive design mishaps.

Mood boards are a collection of the key elements that will be star features of your kitchen such as paint, cupboard styles and, of course, flooring. Be inspired by your favourite colours or collect magazine clippings for some inspiration.

Tip Three – Beware the Trend

It’s great to be inspired by current trends but with the average kitchen renovation lasting between 10-15 years, it is likely that ‘must have’ design elements will look very tired before you are ready to renovate again. Think about colours on walls and accessories as these can be changed relatively easy when you get fed up of your colour scheme. This works well when you have flooring and cupboards that work with a multitude of colour palettes.

Tip Four - Plan Ahead

How you use your kitchen is really important. Most people are aware of the kitchen ‘triangle’ and it is amazing how many people forget to factor in how they use their kitchen. If you have a galley kitchen then having the three main preparation areas side by side or near each other make it easy to work in a smaller space. Those with larger spaces and younger families should consider locating their fridge on the edge of preparation areas so that younger members of the family don’t need to get under your feet while you are cooking or serving up.

Tip Five – Try before you buy

Many companies offer sampling services and it’s a great way to try out combinations of colours, textures and finishes before you buy. Leoline offers up to three free samples which you can order from the comfort of your sofa.