Ask DW: Would you put hardwood in your kitchen?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I love the look of hardwood in the kitchen. I love how expansive it can make your home feel if you have hardwood throughout. I think its pretty durable and overtime really give your home an aged feeling. If you can handle a few scratches and dents and not 'perfection' on the floor -then my feeling is go for it. My husband however, would ardently disagree. He is a tile man and believes it functions much better in a kitchen and can stand up to general kitchen traffic commotion. There are so many wonderful tile options that can equally add depth and character into your home. So readers, would you put hardwood in your kitchen?

But tile can pack a punch too. Can I just say WOW. Modern Kitchen design by Other Metro Architect Egue y seta featured on

Or maybe a glossy floor option? Julie Charbonneau design featured on House & Home.

So folks Wood or tile? 


Julie said... [Reply to comment]

we went with hardwood in our kitchen and we love it! I don't think it's for everyone and that really it all boils down to personal preference. like you said, as long as you are able to live with a few dents and scrapes, you're good to go!

Kerry said... [Reply to comment]

We had hardwood in our kitchen in Toronto - loved it, but it was already aged, and had lots of dents & scratches. Gave it a lot of character. I would do it again in the right house!!

Carol@TheDesignPages said... [Reply to comment]

I've had both and we currently have hardwood. I love it. The tile is a back breaker if you spend a lot of time on it.

lotuslovely said... [Reply to comment]

we just installed hard wood in our home including the kitchen. love it! said... [Reply to comment]

Our kitchen had hardwood floor when we bought the house. I like it. I do drop things and after a few major dents, we added rug runners which protect the floor and are softer on the feet. However, the floor is oak and the kitchen cabinets are oak and together it's way too much oak. I'd recommend contrast. We'll eventually either paint the cabinets or stain the floor a different color (which we'd have to do throughout the house if we started that for consistency).

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

We have it!
It stands up to kitchen traffic - but it is getting abused by dropped toys...seriously, if I could have a do-over, I would get reclaimed hardwood that is supposed to be dinged up...

but yah - its the kids, not the kitcheness

Shabana Buwalda said... [Reply to comment]

absolutely. we have an open concept(ish) space and i think it would open up the space even more with having the same flooring across. but the place we live in is more of an investment and we do plan on selling in the next 2 years. my father-in-law who is a contractor says it's not a good idea if we want to sell. what do you think?

Amelia @ House Pretty said... [Reply to comment]

We're struggling with this very decision right now! I'm leaning towards hardwood because I love the look and I think it would feel more cohesive to have the same flooring throughout the downstairs (our house is tiny, so it would help in that regard too). At the same time, I do really like tile in a kitchen. I guess it really comes down to personal preference.

InteriorGroupie said... [Reply to comment]

I like the look of wood and it's softer to stand on for a long time BUT my inlaws have it and it's seriously worn out by the sink and by the based on that I would personally shy away from it because theirs has not worn well at all.

LifeBegins@Thirty said... [Reply to comment]

We have wood in our kitchen and it is great. No complaints (other than it is harder to keep clean). I think that if you have a semi or full open concept space, keeping the flooring the same is great. In our house, you can see the kitchen from the front door so I think having the flooring be the same works. If the kitchen were in a separate room, a different flooring could work (though I'd probably still use wood!).

cabin + cub said... [Reply to comment]

I like the look of hardwood in the kitchen,,, so much warmer than tile. :)

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

I've had hardwood in my last two kitchens. Back in Canada we had oak and after 12 years it started showing wear in front of the sink and stove. Loved the seamless look though in an "open concept" home. Now I live in a New York loft-style apartment and we have walnut floors throughout. No wear yet but the walnut is relatively soft and has some dings in it from dropped pots and platters.
But, everyone who enters the apartment compliments the floor!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i do. love it. and will do it again when we pick our finishes for our new build.

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