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Designing a modern-rustic kitchen should take into consideration many things - style of cabinets, colour scheme, lighting, and flooring. As a high-traffic area, you need to ensure that the flooring you choose for your kitchen is practical, durable and looks amazing. It really is the finishing touch to your kitchen project so it's worth taking the time and choosing wisely, both for your lifestyle and for style. Here are our seven flooring choices that we think are perfect for modern country-inspired kitchens.
Nothing looks, and sounds, quite like solid wood floors. With so many types and finishes to choose from, you are guaranteed the wow factor when you choose solid wood - this floor above looks as if it's been there forever. The downside? Solid wood can swell and contract with the weather, so select harder woods such as oak, for a kitchen floor.
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To avoid the seasonal movement of solid wood, choose engineered wood for a more stable floor. But, as engineered flooring is made of about 5mm of real wood and then layers of birch ply, you can't keep resanding and refinishing like you can with solid wood, so they won't last as long. They also don't quite have the same textural feel as solid wood floors, though there are more rustic finishes that you can choose.
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If properly sealed and regularly cleaned, limestone is a beautiful material for kitchens. As limestone is quite porous, sealing at installation and regular deep cleaning and resealing is a must. It is a high-maintenance material but is unrivalled in its natural, chalky look. In the image above, they have chosen a limestone that looks aged and has tumbled edges for an intentionally imperfect look.
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Slate is a much stronger stone than limestone - it still needs sealing but is much more durable and won't chip or crack as easily. And although slate is most often used in the darker range of its colours, it is available in a wide range of tones, from greens, greys and beiges through to the darker greys and blacks.
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Very few floors can beat the warmth and ruggedness of a terracotta floor. Perceived as atypically 'country', you can modernise it by using contemporary colours for your kitchen units. This deVOL kitchen above is a stunning example of a terracotta floor given a new lease of life by pairing it with shaker cabinets in a modern grey, with brass handles adding to the overall warmth.
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Vinyl is becoming more and more popular as a modern choice of kitchen flooring - and it's no surprise as vinyl is easy to clean and cost-effective. The downside is that it can scratch easily and, once damaged, it can't be repaired like other flooring options. Another downside is that they used to look cheap and plasticky, but now there are many beautifully-printed choices (like the image above by Harvey Maria), so vinyl may be ideal as a relatively quick fix in your kitchen.
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For the toughest flooring around, look no further than polished concrete. It's not for the faint-hearted and will take your modern-rustic theme more towards industrial chic, but concrete is a beautiful choice in kitchens. Coupled with underfloor heating, it's lovely to touch and radiates warmth, despite being such a hard material.