I am obsessed with kitchens, so naturally I pay attention to every detail, including the floor!
Beautiful flooring is expensive, but if you are doing a high-end kitchen remodel, you would be remiss to ignore the floor.
Antique flooring is my personal favorite, as I have seen it work wonders in a wide range of home styles from modern to country-style living.
The right floor can pull the entire design scheme together and will complement and accentuate other design elements that you love.
For some inspiration and design ideas for your own kitchen, check out these 7 very different kitchen styles that look stunning with reclaimed wood flooring.
How much should you expect to pay for a high quality antique floor?
Depending on the wood species you choose, you should budget from $11-16/sq.ft. If you are wondering why reclaimed wood is so much more expensive than virgin hardwoods, consider the amount of extra work and craftsmanship necessary to both rescue the lumber from its original location be it an old barn, a factory or a mill, and work to turn it into beautiful flooring planks.
When you select a vintage floor there are a number of things you should keep in mind. First, find out about moisture content (i.e. the amount of water it holds) of particular wood species you may be interested in. It is important to get high quality wood whose moisture content level will minimize the expansion and contraction of wood in the normal humidity range. If your humidity in your home is above average consult with a specialist which would species would be most appropriate for you. The last thing you want is for your expensive wood floor to swell and warp as a result of extra humidity present in your home. Another important consideration is plank width. While wider boards may be more attractive and in line with the style you are going for, remember that these wide boards expand and contract more than the narrow boards, and this is something you want to avoid.
One of the greatest benefits of reclaimed wood is that its environmentally friendly. If sustainable green building is high on your priority list, you will truly appreciate reclaimed wood flooring. By purchasing vintage rather than virgin woods you help fight the ongoing deforestation. While US has made great strides to avoid cutting down precious forests, this still remains a serious problem in South America and Asia where many of the exotic wood species come from.
When you select an antique floor be sure to work with a company that specializes in these types of floors and can provide proof of where they source their flooring. As antique reclaimed wood is gaining more popularity with homeowners, there are starting to appear flooring companies that sell fakes. Look for products that are certified either by the Rainforest Alliance or the Forest Stewardship Council.
For more ideas of what you can do with reclaimed wood flooring take a look at this gallery of 15 unique living rooms with antique floors.
This old-world, Medditeranian style kitchen exudes unparalleled charm with vintage flooring. Notice how the colors and textures of the wood complement the cabinetry and the colors of the wall.
This traditional yet modern kitchen is all about simple elegance. The colors of this beautiful antique floor are a perfect match for the look and feel of this kitchen.
The striking beauty of this all white traditional kitchen is all the more noticeable when contrasted with bold colors and textures of this reclaimed wood flooring.
The beautiful grey hues of this antique floor give this traditional all white kitchen a cozy feel without loosing any of the chic.
I love the old-world charm of this traditional kitchen that would not be complete without the gorgeous antique oak floor.
If you are into exotic floors, you will appreciate the elegance of this reclaimed ebony wood floor in a traditional style kitchen. When you purchase exotic species of wood that are sourced from reclaimed lumber you can enjoy the floor knowing that you help save our planet’s forests.
This small classic kitchen comes alive with the addition of antique oak flooring. An ideal look for a country-style or log cabin kitchen.