What kind of flooring should I use to make my kitchen more accessible?

Here are some tips for making your kitchen more accessible:
  • Use nonskid flooring and finishes. Wood or nonskid stone or tile floors stand up better in heavy-duty work spaces like the kitchen and are much more sanitary than carpet.
  • Try cork flooring if you want the cushion and warmth of carpet along with sound-dampening qualities. Cork is also antistatic, fire resistant, and good for the environment since harvesting cork does not kill the tree.
  • Apply nonslip coatings to existing floors. If you cannot afford to replace the floor, there are products on the market that can be applied to existing tile or stone flooring that will prevent slipping yet will not damage the surface or wear off easily. Ask about these at any good flooring store.
  • Add a contrasting border to delineate where the floor ends and the wall begins.
  • Provide visual cues to work spaces by changing the color of the wood or tile in front of the sink and stove; as part of the overall design of the floor, this can be a nice decorative touch.
  • A quick and inexpensive way to provide contrast between surfaces is to apply painter’s tape (the blue tape you find in paint stores) to the wall where it meets the floor. Painter’s tape is designed to come off without damaging paint or woodwork, and you can outline doors and cabinet edges with it as well.
  • Avoid busy patterns in flooring. Solid-colored linoleum or tile is less visually confusing than patterned or checkerboard styles. Some experts recommend laying tile at an angle. They feel that a diamond pattern points the way, creating more of a visual walkway than multiple straight rows of tile. Adjacent carpeted areas should be plain or a simple multicolor (tweed), with a dense weave and low pile (less than one-half inch).
  • When installing a carpet next to a bare wood or tiled floor, inset the carpet so that there will be no lip or other tripping hazard between hard and carpeted surfaces.
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