Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 Kitchen Remodeling Trends, Part 3: Flooring

Houzz's "Kitchen Trends Study" released in Oct 2013, top flooring choices are hardwood and tile.

I have kept the kitchen floor that came with my house all three times.  2 wood floors (this house parquet), and 1 tile floor.  I really enjoyed how indestructible my tile floor was in our last house!  Every gap and scratch in our wood floors makes me a little sad when I am sweeping or mopping the kitchen.  The look of wood floors is so charming, that many of us put these feelings aside and put wood floor in anyway.

scratched wood floors, "How to Repair Scratches in Hardwood  Floors"

Zillow Diggs Home Design Trend Report 2014 predicts that wood kitchen floors will lighten up from the dark espresso that's been so popular for the last 15 years.

Interiors by Francesca, via

In an article called "What's In, What's Out for Kitchens 2014", NYC designer John Willey of the residential design firm Willey Design LLC explains that dark dark floors "can show more scratches and dust...but a paler wood can help disguise a lot of that."  Willey likes white oak (not red oak) because it can take any color stain.  Most wood species can look very different, depending on the stain applied.  Each of these kitchens have white oak floors, but have totally different colors:, "Reclaimed Bleached White Oak Kitchen Flooring"

I'm noticing that the darker the wood floor, the lighter your counters and backsplash can be:

kitchens, "Shaker Cabinets" via Houzz

kitchen2, Lily Pad Cottage

pinterest via Heather Rakestraw

Mitch Wise Design - kitchens - beadboard, ceiling, floor to ceiling, white, kitchen cabinets, marble, countertops, farmhouse, sink, kitchen island, cobalt, blue, drop-down, kitchen island, butcher block, top, sawhorse, stools, blue, glass, subway tiles, backsplash, schoolhouse, pendants, beadboard ceiling, white beadboard ceiling, kitchen beadboard, kitchen beadboard ceiling, beadboard kitchen ceiling, beadboard ceiling kitchen, white beadboard kitchen,, Mitch Wise Design

Muse Interiors - kitchens - piston bar stools, ivory cabinets, ivory shaker cabinets, ivory shaker kitchen cabinets, piston bar stools, piston counter stools, paneled refrigerator, globe pendants,, Muse Interiors

BUT dark counters OR backsplashes with dark floors and white cabinets work beautifully also:

Modern Kitchen Cabinets by Conshohocken Cabinets & Cabinetry RTA Cabinet Store, Marcia Lucas Home Aug 2013

Medium light wood floors might be more timeless, and a great way to mix in some color on the island cabinets, or some grey/stainless steel elements:

Traditional Kitchen by Seattle General Contractors Logan's Hammer Building & Renovation

Taste Interior Design - kitchens - blue, gray, kitchen island, storage, butcher block, countertops, white, glass-front, kitchen cabinets, marble, countertops, subway tiles, backsplash, stainless steel, floating shelves, subway tile, subway tiled kitchen, subway tile backsplash, subway tiled kitchen backsplash,, "Taste Interior Design"

Sea Island_11, "Wood vs. Tile Floors in a Kitchen"

Three strong trends for 2013 come together in this transitional kitchen with white Shaker-style cabinets and gray tones in the countertops and island., "Trends..." via thinkstock

Tile can be just as beautiful, and tile doesn't buckle or warp with water damage like a hardwood floor does (if you must have wood flooring, don't get hardwood, get engineered wood instead for this reason):

Pictures of Kitchens with Tile Floors Ideas for Kitchen Decor : Pictures Of Kitchens With Tile Floors And Wood Table For Eat In Kitchen Design Also Pictures Of Kitchens With Tile Floors, pictures of kitchens with with tile floors

Bakes and Company - kitchens - U shaped kitchen, slate floor, slate tiled floor, slate kitchen floor, white kitchen cabinets, calcutta marble, calcutta marble countertops, paneled fridge, paneled refrigerator,, Bakes and Company
Madison Ave, Willey Design

kitchen in an apartment with Saltillo tiled floors, traditional white cabinetry, subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances and glass front refrigerator., Dec 2011 Sotheby's Realty 10M Park Ave 

Blue kitchen in an Italian villa with hexagon tile floor and a wall mounted pot rack, "A Cozy Italian Villa on a Hillside"
Up next, kitchen countertops and backsplashes!


  1. what do you do when you have a water leak from the fridge, or spill milk, juice, drop an egg or raw meat onto a wood floor ? Wood is more pourous than tile/grout, wood also has groves between each plank where the said items can seep into. How do you clean that up? With tile, I just douse it with a lot of cleaner and mop it up, but one cannot do that with wood. What do you do in that case? Wood in the kitchen is the equivalent to carpet in the bathroom- not a good idea looks nice though.

    1. I agree! In college, I was taught that a tree still soaks up water even after it becomes furniture or flooring. So tricky! If homeowners think ahead, a smart thing to do is to buy extra flooring to replace around fridge area because this is the most commonly damaged area. Most people don't think that far in advance. Wood is incredible for repaid though. Thousands of years of craftsmen perfecting this. Call a floor refinishing co (ask neighbor or call a wholesale wood floor shop for referral) to sand it down, fill in imperfections, and re-stain and seal. Good luck!

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