Kitchen installation: things to consider. Part two.
There is a big choice of kitchen flooring options to choose from: bamboo floor, walnut floor, birch floor, oak floor. For comfortable kitchen floor installation you may choose engineered wood or solid wood.
Such floors are durable and the hardwood floors are more resistant to weather and stains, which will make them perfect for the new kitchen floor installation.
Laminate, though sometimes looks like wood, in fact is a synthetic material. Laminate flooring is more water resistant than natural wood. But the main advantages are that this flooring is very easy to install and the material is relatively inexpensive compared to real hardwood flooring.
Ceramic tile is also a good material for a kitchen flooring, it’s hygienic and easy to clean. But it has also a disadvantage: with time the surface may get covered with small cracks as it is not the strongest material.
The most common materials for the kitchen walls are tiles, wallpaper and paint.
Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to renovate a kitchen, wallpaper is more expensive, but can give just a little more character with its large variety of patterns. Wallpaper requires special attention. The first hit of any kitchen accident – fat splashes or steam from a boiling kettle – comes to the wall paper. The optimal solution here is vinyl and washable wallpaper that can endure wet cleaning. Choosing wallpapers and paints for your kitchen walls decoration, make sure the materials are made especially for kitchen use as these will be more resistant against humidity and will be easy to clean.
And finally, the top is the ceiling. Naturally it should be easy to clean and waterproof. The suspended ceiling of tiles and rails is assembled quickly and easily, it allows hiding the communications and setting up the spot lights. Though, the room will lose 7-10 cm in height.
Another version of the suspended ceiling is plasterboard. It requires a little more effort: after the sheets are installed, they must be plastered and painted. But this material perfectly traps sounds and allows creating any multi-level decor, as well as allows a necessary space for spotlights installation.
Kitchen furniture is also an important component of comfort. Not only the looks of the kitchen cabinets but the material they are made of are of great significance. The frame is usually made of ÌDF, and “face” of more practical – humidity-resistant and easy to clean materials. Though it can be the same ÌDF, only covered with melamine or laminate.
A range of kitchen worktops.
The material for a kitchen worktop is even more important, because this is where we cut, mince and chop up. A kitchen worktop could be cleaned with a damp sponge hundred times a day. The more practical it is, the more pleasant it is to create culinary masterpieces on it. Keeping your kitchen clean is essential to keep food safe. Otherwise bacteria can grow and spread. The range of styles, colours and materials is vast: traditional materials as granite, hardwood up to modern materials like stainless steel, glass, corian etc.
It is possible to mix and match worktop materials e.g. put granite where you are likely to be preparing food and setting down very hot pans and then laminate or wood for the rest. Very practical are kitchen worktops made of artificial stones. These look like natural ones and are extremely robust. Regardless its synthetic origin, it’s quite an ecologically safe material.
And finally, think again if all the drawers, shelves and kitchen appliances are placed comfortably. It’s known, that if the furniture and appliances, worktops are placed irrationally, food preparation, cooking and serving could take a few extra kilometers around the kitchen every day. If everything is in the right place, you can save up to 60% of way and 30% of time. A kitchen could be divided in three “work areas” – preparation, cooking and washing-up. Each area should include all the appliances required as well as a suitable sized work space around it.
Country style, hi-tech, classic – the style of your kitchen may vary. Practical, ecologically safe and durable materials, fresh air, in short, the climate in the kitchen multiplied by your creative approach and ability to create comfort will help you to build up an ideal kitchen. It’s much easier to complete it than it may seem at first. Today you have all facilities to settle beauty and functionality in accord under the same roof.