When you’re designing a new fully fitted kitchen (or having one designed for you by a professional), one element that’s often overlooked is the kitchen floor. After all, the excitement of choosing new units and appliances often takes precedence during a kitchen refurb.

But why!? Your kitchen floor is often the first thing people notice as they enter and it also takes up more surface area than any other aspect.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of kitchen floor related things you should consider when undertaking a kitchen makeover:

1. Complement or contrast

As we’ve already mentioned, your kitchen floor takes up more surface area than any other aspect, which is why you need to really consider your flooring in terms of the overall look you are trying to achieve.

The colour and style should either match your cabinets and complement them or contrast them completely.

2. Consider maintenance

Kitchens are usually one of, if not the busiest, rooms in a house, which is why you need to consider how hard-wearing your choice of floor will be and whether you’ll need to carry out any maintenance throughout the year.

Also, think about cleaning too. It’s inevitable that food will get dropped or pets/kids will traipse in mud. You need a floor that can be easily swept and wiped clean.

3. Don’t be afraid to take a sample home

All good kitchen showrooms should let you take a small sample piece of flooring home so you can see how it looks in situ. Something that looks great in a showroom may look totally different under the lighting in your kitchen.

4. Think about your Budget

The kitchen flooring you choose should be dictated by your available budget, not the other way around. Remember, there are often many additional costs associated with flooring, such as underlay, installation and grout (where applicable). Factor all these in when you’re figuring out what you can afford.

Any reputable kitchen showroom or fitted kitchen specialist should be happy to help you decide which type of flooring is right for your space and your budget.

5. Be 100% sure before you lay

Is there a chance you might want some underfloor heating in the future? If there is, take this into account before you have your new kitchen floor laid. You’ll be very reluctant to tear up your new floor further down the line to install underfloor heating and not all flooring materials are compatible with this type of heating anyway.

The professional fitted kitchen company you employ to carry out the rest of your kitchen overhaul should be able to help you make informed decisions throughout.