What makes a hardwood floor a great choice
for the kitchen?
Wood floors are also wonderful because they
can be painted or stained for a completely different look.
(Newstream) - What makes a hardwood floor a
great choice for the kitchen? Just ask noted kitchen designer Deborah
"It's a floor that has some give in it, that's not tiring
underfoot," she says. "It doesn't shatter everything that
drops on it. It's good for sound insulation, and it can be very
Krasner, author of "Kitchens for Cooks" and a regular
guest on Public Radio's "The Splendid Table" show, says
wood floors are also wonderful because they can be painted or stained
for a completely different look.
"What I like about a wood floor as opposed to any other floor
is if you want to change it you just have to sand it," she
says. "With other floors, you have to make a huge investment
and essentially replace the entire floor covering."
Because standing water can damage a wood floor, Krasner has a
few hints for the area around the sink, where spills and drips most
commonly occur. A floor cloth or washable rug can protect the wood.
A small "apron" of ceramic tile, vinyl or linoleum can
also be installed as a sort of permanent "rug" in front
of the sink.
"That can be a real decorative opportunity," she says.
"You can make a mosaic if you want to."
Most of Krasner's clients, homeowners across the country, choose
"I think they're extremely practical for people who like
novelty and change as well as people who want the same look forever,"