We''ve talked about forgiving floor materials for kitchens before, but we realized we forgot one very common material: wood. In many old homes, and making a comeback with engineered wood products, wood is a softer-than-tile option that also brings richness and warmth to the room:
Wood floors, of course, have their drawbacks. The old ones in our house, for instance, have worn and aged right in the area of the kitchen sink due to years of moisture and heavy foot traffic. If wood floors aren't tight and don't have a good finish on them, it can make cleaning them less convenient than when they're shiny and new. For more on pros and cons, see what fellow Kitchn readers had to say about wood floors at Hot or Not: Wood Floors in The Kitchen.
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