I'm (Kitchen) Floored!! (Again!)

Had you there for a minute!

I've talked lots about the lightness in Scandinavian kitchens. Light tones are seen in many kitchen materials such as walls, cabinets, countertops, backsplashes and so on. But, I think what is, really, a very cool look, and one that is very UNcommon here in the U.S. are super light floors as are often seen in Scandinavian kitchens. There is SOMETHING about a light floor, and I'm not even sure I can express what it is, but I'll try.

I think light toned floors contribute a number of interesting attributes to a kitchen design:

  • The space appears larger than it really is.
  • If the walls are light as well as the floors, the space seems to float, almost suspended, and there is a flow to the space that, in all light tones, almost defies description.
  • If the large elements such as cabinetry, are dark, the expected contrast is reversed and is a very cool look.
  • The space looks clean! One may want to choose an imperfect light floor, so the inevitable nicks and spots are not so offensive.
  • In my opinion, it is, at once, modern and elegant.
  • The light reflecting work of a light floor contributes to well being, especially in the winter months 
  • A light floor helps reduce the need for artificial lighting, a good green solution.

What do you think of light floors? Me, I'm crazy about them! If I didn't have red oak in my kitchen/family room area, I'd definitely bleach it, but it comes up pink. MAYBE, I'll paint them. Here you go, what do you think of light flooring?

Posted on June 5, 2008 and filed under Kitchen Design.