Kitchen flooring ideas – for a floor that’s hard-wearing, practical and stylish

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    After kitchen flooring ideas? As kitchens often blend with dining areas into larger, open-plan spaces, kitchen flooring 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, and put together a palette of colours and materials.

    Modern porcelain tiles tend to be the most hard-wearing choice for kitchen flooring, as they are waterproof, stain resistant and scratch-proof, 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).

    Thinking about installing 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.

    Foundations are worth thinking about, too. 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. Not sure what to go for? Have a browse of our fab kitchen flooring ideas below.

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    1. Work in vinyl

    Kitchen flooring ideas

    Image credit: Ben Anders

    Vinyl flooring is hard-wearing, durable and easy to lay. It is also much softer and warmer underfoot compared to stone and ceramic tiles, more forgiving with dropped crockery and a breeze to keep clean. A recent surge in popularity means there is now a wide range of modern, trend-led designs available. Thickness is a good indication of quality, for both sheet and tiled vinyl. Cheap sheet vinyl starts at 1mm thick, which will make it easy to fit but not very long-lasting. Aim for 3.5mm upwards.

    2. Think about pattern

    Patterned flooring kitchen flooring ideas Polly Eltes

    Image credit: Polly Eltes

    Make a feature of your flooring with beautifully patterned floor tiles – they’re definitely the standout piece in this stylish kitchen. Consider your colour scheme carefully when playing with pattern – here, the pale blues and greys are the perfect complement to the painted kitchen units.

    Get the look
    Buy now:
    floor tiles, Mandarin Stone
    Buy now: kitchen units in Pantry Blue, DeVol

    3. Stick to stone

    Stone flooring kitchen flooring ideas Brent Darby

    Image credit: Brent Darby

    Natural materials such as stone are always a popular choice and lend authenticity to a scheme. A current trend is ‘mimica’ porcelains, which recreate the look of natural materials, while offering an easy-to-care for finish. Here, limestone flags have been laid in a mix of sizes for a relaxed look that matches the style of the units and farmhouse table.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar floor tiles, Topps Tiles
    Buy now: Dorset Pale French Grey dining table, Laura Ashley

    4. Keep cool with polished concrete

    Polished concrete flooring kitchen flooring ideas James Merrell

    Image credit: James Merrell

    Looking for a tough kitchen floor covering that is also effortlessly cool? Opt for polished concrete. Perfect if you’ve got an uneven floor surface, as you simply concrete over it. It’s also extremely low maintenance and hardwearing, and can help reflect light around the room.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar flooring, Lazenby

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    5. Call on contrast

    Dark wood flooring kitchen flooring ideas Richard Powers

    Image credit: Richard Powers

    Wooden floors are a great choice for kitchens and kitchen-diners, provided they are treated so that they’re resistant to spills and stains. A dark-stained floor, sealed properly, looks fantastic when paired with white walls and high, airy ceilings.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Flos ceiling light, Amara

    Buy now: similar wood flooring, Luxury Flooring

    6. Go traditional with granite

    Granite tiles kitchen flooring ideas Simon Whitmore

    Image credit: Simon Whitmore

    Classic granite tiles will suit all styles of kitchen and are great for well-used spaces that see a lot of spills. Durable, hardwearing, stain-resistant and easy to clean, granite is the perfect material for family homes.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar granite tiles, Topps Tiles

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    7. Create a subtle feature with parquet

    Parquet flooring kitchen flooring ideas Robert Sanderson

    Image credit: Robert Sanderson

    Choose a delicate parquet if you want to give a nod to a feature floor without being too over the top. Classic parquet flooring can be laid as individual blocks, or the effect can be copied by engineered wood planks, which are easier to fit. White units and furniture are great partners, as they let the warm wood tones shine through.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar parquet flooring,
    Fired Earth

    8. Fake it till you make it

    Laminate flooring kitchen flooring ideas James French

    Image credit: James French

    Laminate isn’t just a cost-effective flooring option – modern laminates often come with long guarantees, are super-durable and can be used with underfloor heating. Plus, advancements in digital imaging technology mean that wood-effect versions like this one are virtually indistinguishable from the real deal.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar laminate flooring, Wickes

    9. Try simple floor tiles

    Terracotta floor tiles kitchen flooring ideas Trevor Richards

    Image credit: Trevor Richards

    Get the effect of terracotta with practical lightweight porcelain tiles. The perfect addition to a country utility room, these tiles need only minimal care. Complete the space with a bright artisan fabric, cream units and open shelving.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar tiles, £49.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors
    Buy now: Nature table fabric, £66 per m,
    St Jude’s

    10. Paint the floorboards

    Painted white floorboards kitchen flooring ideas Richard Gadsby

    Image credit: Richard Gadsby

    Light, bright and easy to refresh, these painted white floorboards are teamed with a bright artwork for a contemporary look. Mirror the rainbow shades of the canvas with charming kitchenalia and plenty of natural greenery. If you’re lucky enough to have wooden beams, don’t paint over them – a natural wood finish will add beautiful warmth.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar floor paint, Dulux
    Buy now: similar carafe,

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    11. Keep it country

    Natural flooring kitchen flooring ideas Colin Poole

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    A 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 modern farmhouse, classic white units give the scheme a light feel that sits comfortably with the varied tones of the flooring.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar flooring, Mandarin Stone
    Buy now: similar kitchen,

    12. Say it with slate

    Slate flooring kitchen flooring ideas Oliver Gordon

    Image credit: Oliver Gordon

    Slate flooring in on-trend large-scale slabs lends a rustic vibe to this glossy kitchen. Slate is a beautiful material with natural ridges and variations that add depth to a space. This floor is quite smooth, but rough edges are part of slate’s charm and the material will only look better with age.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar flooring, Walls and Floors
    Buy now: similar chairs, Heal’s

    13. Go for geometrics

    Geometric floor tiles kitchen flooring ideas Jonathan Jones

    Image credit: Jonathan Jones

    Be adventurous with statement kitchen flooring. These vinyl tiles add interest to a large space and liven up plain cabinetry. Pattern is ideal for stamping personality on your home. Team with a simple metro tile for a trendy wall that won’t steal attention from your floor.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar flooring, Terrazzo Tiles

    We hope these kitchen flooring ideas will help with your kitchen renovation project.

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