Tiles or Timber?

Thursday, 27th August 2015

Choosing all the materials and elements of your new home is an exciting phase, but sometimes choosing the permanent fixtures of your home can also be a bit daunting.

You've chosen your paint colours and spoken with the designer about your kitchen layout, but the flooring is also a major factor to consider. Style, cost, versatility all come into play - and, unlike, furniture or accessories, the floors you choose will be part of your home for a long time!

The kitchen is often the heart of the home and where you'll spend a great deal of time preparing everyday meals, planning dinner parties or even catching up on the day's events with a coffee or wine. Both timber or tile can look fantastic in the kitchen and often the choice will come down to personal predilection, but here a few points to consider for both...

There are a number of colour and style choices for both timber and tiles, but timber offers a warmer, more welcoming feel to a home and timber won't date as quickly as some tile trends. A timber floor can also be more forgiving on breakable items that might be dropped in the kitchen and can also be softer and warmer underfoot. Timber, however, is a natural product so it can move and expand over time resulting in possible creaking, but that's what some people enjoy about timber's character as it ages.

Tiles, on the other hand, are generally easier to clean, wear better in high traffic areas and require less maintenance over the years. Their overall look is quite cool although some people prefer this contemporary style in modern homes and while tiles can be cool to the touch, you can consider underfloor heating options that work quite effectively and will minimise the chill factor.

Of course, some of the best designed kitchens include elements of both timber and tile which work perfectly together to balance each other out. Timber floors look great with sleek polished stone surfaces and gloss cabinetry or, conversely, timber elements in your joinery will warm up a tiled area.

Whether you choose timber or tile, issues to be considered for both are risk of staining; ensuring they are both properly sealed; and storing leftover product in case you need to replace any area of the floor in future and you might find it hard to colour match batches or the product may even be discontinued. 

Essentially, the choice for either timber or tiles in your kitchen will come down to the rest of your home's decor and finish; the amount of traffic that particular area of the home will endure on a regular basis; and your overall personal preference. 

Take a look through the gallery below to see a range of both timber and tile options in these kitchens.