Your Flooring & Backsplash Guide to Build the Ideal Kitchen

Your Flooring & Backsplash Guide to Build the Ideal Kitchen

We weigh the pros and cons of each material to help you get the best setup!

The kitchen is always in a hubbub – you cook, entertain and dine there! To keep up with such heavy foot traffic, it’s only right that you pick out materials that are just as hardy.

In this guide, we take a look at flooring and backsplash; these two features definitely see the most exposure to grease, liquids and a whole host of other substances so getting the right materials here will be key in helping you build a lasting kitchen!

Kitchen flooring

In a nutshell, your flooring should:

  • Withstand heavy footfall
  • Be resistant to grease and moisture
  • Be waterproof
  • Be anti-slip, and most importantly,
  • Be easy to maintain

That said, what materials should you be investing in?

These are our recommendations:

1. Tiles

In particular, porcelain tiles! These are very dense, scratch, and stain resistant. Most importantly, they’re really easy to clean since they don’t absorb much moisture – just give them a good wipe down when needed.

Interior design by Mr Shopper Studio

Furthermore, the darker coloured options or tiles with Peranakan, Arabeqsue or Classic motifs can mask stains, dirt and any imperfections, which makes this all the more convenient.

Strengths:

  • Easy to clean
  • Comes in a range of designs, sizes, styles and colours
  • Scratch and stain resistant

2. Metallic Epoxy

While it looks cool and chic, a normal cement screed floor would have no business being in a wet kitchen since it’s porous and hard to maintain. However, when you layer it with metallic epoxy, it’s a whole other story.

 Interior design by The Interior Lab

Customisable design aside, cement screed mixed with epoxy becomes a far more functional and viable alternative – its 100% seamless finish and non-porous nature forms a stain-free and waterproof surface that doesn’t suffer from wear and tear!

Strengths:

  • Affordable and durable
  • Unique design
  • Can be refinished
  • Easy to install

3. Concrete Tiles

Like the above mentioned, concrete tiles require sealing to be used in a wet area. Once sealed, maintenance is pretty run-of-the-mill – like other tile floors, you can use a mild soap to mop and dry.

Interior design by E+e Design & Build

And much like the porcelain counterparts, concrete tiles come in a variety of designs, though it’s likely that their patterns will be made from natural pigments – these colours don’t fade the same way, and will retain some of its vibrance even as the years pass!

Strengths:

  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Comes in a range of designs, sizes, styles and colours
  • Can be refinished
  • Long-lasting

4. Vinyl

When planning for an open concept kitchen, it’s best to use one material throughout to establish a better “flow”. While vinyl does offer this uniform look, it really doesn’t hold up with the constant exposure to water.

Interior design by Third Avenue Studio

Thankfully, the flooring experts at Xingfloors has come up with the ultimate solution – vinyl flooring that don’t just look trendy but are also 100% waterproof!

Strengths:

  • Waterproof
  • Fire, scratch and stain resistant
  • Anti-slip
  • Eco-friendly

Kitchen Backsplash

In a nutshell, your backsplash should:

  • Be fireproof
  • Be easy to wipe down
  • Be resistant to grease

And here are our material recommendations:

1. Fibreglass

It’s really tough to update a kitchen backsplash, especially when the wall itself has been furnished. Admira’s CERARL collection of fibreglass panels, designed for wall cladding, make it so that you’ll never have to worry about starting from scratch!

Most importantly, it has high resistance against fire, water, impact, stain and bacteria – easy to install AND functional, it’s easily a contender for the best backsplash material.

Strengths:

  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight
  • Solid and durable
  • Fire retardant and water resistant

2. Porcelain Tiles

Because of its hardy attributes, the porcelain tile can be used for your kitchen backsplash too.

Interior design by Couple Abode

But since the backsplash sees daily exposure to grease, cooking fumes and the like, we’d recommend staying far away from penny tiles – the more exposed grout lines you have, the worse the upkeep. For tiles with a smooth finish that is far easier to wipe down, you can consider Soon Bee Huat's collection of tiles.

Strengths:

  • Easy to clean
  • Comes in a range of designs, sizes, styles and colours
  • Scratch and stain resistant

3. Quartz

While it’s more commonly used in the making of countertops, quartz is also a great material choice when it comes to backsplashes. Aside from its non-porous nature, it comes in large slabs that lead to fewer seams and breaks

Interior design by Zenith Arc

And it certainly doesn’t lose out trend-wise either – from iQuartz’s marble and terrazzo options to Caesarstone’s contemporary Dark Collection, you’ll be spoilt for choice! 

Strengths:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Non-porous
  • Comes in a range of designs, sizes, styles and colours
  • Comes in large panels for a seamless look

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