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Is hardwood a good option for kitchen floors? Add to ...

The question

We’re tearing up our ceramic tile and laying down new flooring in our kitchen. Will dish-doing be less painful, psychologically and physically, with hardwood underfoot?

The answer

Tearing up your own floor is commendable – if tough on the nails. Personally, I would merely volunteer for the job of selecting wood type and stain, as that will preserve both your nails and your back. An unstained or lower-gloss wood floor will stand up best to abuse. Regardless of the wood’s hardness, though, dents from dropped pots will likely show.

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And you must guard against water spillage, which will cause floorboards to heave and expand (although they will often settle back down in time). To avoid water damage, place a mat or small carpet in that area and replace as needed. And to answer your question: Yes, the hardwood will be softer on the feet and warmer to the eyes, enticing you to your dish-doing, whatever that means to you.

Follow architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design dilemma? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

 

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