Your kitchen more than anywhere else in your home is where the aesthetic meets the functional. This not only applies to layout and cabinetry, but also to the type of flooring you choose. There's high footfall, food, water, stains, grease…in short a lot for the flooring to cope with. With these factors in mind, here are 3 options to consider:
A great all-rounder, you can either opt for sheet or tile depending on your budget and preference. This man-made material is extremely durable and affordable, whilst also being able to mimic many other materials (including hardwood and stone). It's quick to install, and if you opt for sheet there's no crevices for moisture or grease to get into. If you want it to be a tad softer underfoot, purchase a cushioned variety.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles both have several attractive features which makes them ideal for the kitchen. They are incredibly stain resistant and easy to clean, as well as strong and long lasting. Not only this, if properly installed they are incredibly water resistant – but this isn't a DIY job for most people and you'll likely need to hire professionals.
Finally we have linoleum, another strong and cost-effective option. It will need to be sealed upon installation to ensure it stays water resistant, but if treated properly it can last for up to 40 years. Another great feature to take into consideration it's environmental friendliness, as it is made from all natural materials.