Kitchen flooring is important to think carefully about – after all, the kitchen is usually the busiest room in the house.
Kitchen flooring might need to be practical and hardwearing, but there’s no need for it to be dull. As kitchens often blend with dining areas into larger, open-plan spaces, the floor can be a great way of uniting different areas of the room, creating a cohesive finish. It’s a good idea to choose your floor at the same time as your cabinetry, putting together a palette of colours and materials.
You might choose neutral tiles in large formats, or those with pattern and texture to add a burst of colour to your kitchen flooring.
Natural materials such as stone and wood flooring is always a popular choice and lends authenticity to a scheme. A current trend is ‘mimica’ porcelains, which re-create the look of natural materials. Advancements in digital imaging technology mean flooring which mimics the look of wood, stone, and even concrete can be produced, offering a more hardwearing, affordable option.
To make your flooring choice work for you, you’ll want to consider the following:
Choose your materialModern porcelain tiles tend to be the most hard-wearing, and they are waterproof, stain resistant and scratchproof, as well as easy to clean. Natural stone will last a lifetime if properly installed and treated, but it’s porous and must be sealed. Solid and engineered wood floors are warm and offer character, but tend to be less durable (although solid floors can often be refinished).
Want underfloor heating?
Generally, porcelain and stone tiles are fine with underfloor heating, but wood floors are not always suitable (wood generally prefers stable conditions). Check with your flooring supplier before buying.
A good foundation
Sub-floors need to be clean, dry, structurally sound and flat, and most suppliers recommend using an installer experienced in the flooring being applied (especially for natural stone). Larger format tiles and patterned layouts usually take longer to fit and incur more wastage, so are generally more expensive.
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Patterned and shaped tiles can be used to create a feature floor, or to ‘zone’ an area, such as underneath a dining table. Natural colours and worn-in, aged looks are ideal for a vintage patchwork effect, while parquet patterns in stained and textured timbers are a modern take on this traditional and elegant floor.
Looking for the toughest floor covering for your kitchen, that is also effortlessly cool? Opt for polished concrete. Perfect if you’ve got an extremely uneven floor surface, as you simply concrete over. It’s also extremely low maintentance, hard-wearing, and can help reflect light around the room.
Wooden floors are a great choice for kitchens and kitchen-diners, provided they are treated so that they are resistant to spills and stains. A dark stained floor, sealed properly, looks fantastic when paired with white walls and high, airy ceilings.
Classic granite tiles will suit all styles of kitchen, and are great for live-in kitchens that might see a lot of spills. Durable, hardwearing, stain-resistant and easy to clean, it’s the perfect material for family homes.
Nod to a feature floor without being too over the top with a delicate parquet floor pattern. Parquet can be installed directly over concrete, and once sealed is a breeze to clean. Either go wall-to-wall for a uniform look, or pick out an area, like in this cream traditional kitchen.
Brick might not be the first material that comes to mind when it comes to kitchen floors. However, being incredibly durable, slip-resistant, and incredibly easy to clean when sealed, it’s perfect for busy family kitchens, and homes with pets.
Laminate isn’t just a cost-effective flooring option – modern laminates can come with a guarantee for 25 years or more, are super-durable and can be used with underfloor heating. This warm gloss finish contrasts perfectly with the monochrome cupboards and chairs.
Luxury vinyl in the kitchen can feel softer, warmer and more comfortable underfoot than wood or tiles, and it is designed to be durable and low maintenance. Here, Noche Travertine recreates the look of stone, finished with Concrete Pale stripping to divide the tiles and create a feature finish.
For a smooth, seamless aesthetic in your kitchen, try poured-resin floors. Made from polyurethane resin or biopolymers, the liquid mix is poured over the floor and left to set, creating durable, waterproof, easy-clean flooring, which works particularly well in large open-plan areas.
Mimica porcelain tiles are becoming increasingly realistic, making them a popular choice for cooking and dining areas, thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. These Argento Sycamore porcelain ?planks? look just like the real thing, are available in a large format and require no sealing.
Consider mixing and matching decorative tiles to create a patchwork pattern in a kitchen. These retro-style tiles come in nine different designs. Made of hard-wearing hi-tech porcelain, they have a gently-aged appearance, thanks to their muted palette and weathered-look finish.
Bring the beauty of natural travertine flooring to a country kitchen. Natural colour variation is part of the charm of this stone, shown here in slabs of differing sizes. It?s a great choice for this Shaker-style kitchen with pale worktops, which features a classic butler sink.
A pale stone floor is a lovely addition to any country kitchen. Get the effect with a limestone tile, or choose a modern lookalike in porcelain. In this 17th century farmhouse kitchen an antique work table sits comfortably alongside Shaker style units finished with traditional cup handles.
The vintage look of this open-plan kitchen is given a helping hand with a reclaimed wood floor. Choose a waxed or oiled rather than varnished finish and scratches or damage can be easily remedied. The peninsula unit with a practical wooden worktop doubles as open display shelving.
Be adventurous with a statement floor. These vinyl tiles add interest to a large space and liven up plain cabinetry ? ideal for stamping personality on your home.
When it comes to design, the sky’s the limit with mosaic tiles as they can be used to create a variety of patterns and eye-catching details. This marble mosaic injects an exotic flavour to a contemporary kitchen by combining pale stone with a Middle Eastern motif.
Marble mosaic flooring
Wooden floors are a great choice for kitchens and kitchen-diners, provided they are treated so that they are resistant to spills and stains. This flooring has a black semi-transparent stain and a high-gloss lacquer. Sealed properly, it looks fantastic when paired with white glossy units.
Maple-effect vinyl flooring provides a neutral backdrop with a ship’s decking appearance in this kitchen. The floorboards have been laid with black stripping for a unique take on traditional wooden flooring.
Maple-finish vinyl flooring
Victoria Luxury Flooring
Get creative with grout: match it to the shade of the tiles for a continuous effect or pick a contrasting colour to really make it stand out. In this simple scheme, smoky-black slate is surrounded by pale grout, creating a rustic farmhouse look.
Artisans of Devizes
Fit a floor to match neutral units that demands your attention without being pushy. This multi-toned, short-staved zebrano-patterned laminate has an eye-catching effect in warm shades. Laminate isn’t just a cost-effective flooring option ? modern laminates can come with a guarantee for 25 years or more. It’s simple to look after and can be vacuumed, damp-mopped or swept, plus it’s easy to install.
Zebrano laminate flooring