Looking for kitchen flooring ideas? Our kitchens are at the heart of our homes, and a busy space for cooking, socializing, entertaining and working (thanks Covid.)
Like with most kitchen ideas, when you're thinking about how to choose the best flooring for a kitchen, it goes without saying that it needs to look great but it also needs to be durable, hardwearing and easy to clean.
Designers at Amtico (opens in new tab) explain, 'Now effectively the heart of the home, the kitchen is where we prepare and enjoy food, socialize, work and study from home.'
'This shift has transformed our outlook on kitchen design: no longer opting for a minimal scheme, many are now looking to make the room a practical yet calming space that also makes a statement.'
And we couldn't agree more. With lots of flooring options out there, from traditional hardwood flooring to polished concrete, we've rounded up our favorite flooring ideas for your kitchen to take out the guesswork.
- Need more kitchen flooring inspo? Have a look at all our fave kitchen design trends in the same place so you can get inspired.
1. Terrazzo porcelain tiles for kitchen flooring
One of the biggest tile trends of 2020, the Terrazzo trend is still a firm favorite for walls and floors.
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)' mottled terrazzo effect hexagonal porcelain tiles look timeless and not too of-the-moment so it will still look fresh even when the trend's had its day.
Be bold and match your terrazzo floor to your backsplash to really wow your guests.
- These kitchen splashback ideas will introduce colour, texture and pattern to your kitchen space in an instant.
2. Victorian floor tiles for kitchen flooring
If you live in a Victorian house, making the most of all the original features will make your home truly unique and could add value to a terrace.
Victorian style floor tiles will add even more distinctive character to your kitchen, whether you've gone ultra modern or stuck with a traditional theme.
These striking green and black floor tiles from Original Style make a real statement against the neutral white kitchen cabinetry.
- Love living with color? Check out these kitchen color schemes to get you inspired
3. Hexagonal black vinyl tiles for kitchen flooring
Jet black marble effect hexagonal tiles will make a modern, bold statement in your kitchen – and will look extra slick in a kitchen with dark cabinetry. Team with on-trend gold accents and ribbed glass fronted cabinets.
These water and slip resistant vinyl tiles from Carpetright are not only super stylish but also really practical for one of the wettest areas of a home.
David Snazel, buyer at Carpetright (opens in new tab) says, 'Luxury Vinyl is an elegant choice for families as they effectively emulate more expensive design styles, whilst being incredibly practical and durable. They are not only highly water resistant, low maintenance and easy to look after, but also compatible with underfloor heating if looking to add a touch of luxury and warmth to the room.'
- If you favor a more dramatic look for your space, check out these black kitchen ideas...
4. Parquet wood-effect porcelain tiles for kitchen flooring
Want the look of a parquet floor but the easy-to-clean practicality of a tile?
These hardwearing porcelain tiles from Tile Mountain are a great choice with a realistic replication of aged wood, with none of the upkeep of real wood, like figuring out how to clean wooden floors easily.
5. Rustic oak engineered wood flooring
Wooden flooring doesn't need to be high maintenance. Opt for distressed oak floor which we think only looks even better with wear and tear in the form of scuffs, dents and marks.
Dark, distressed and distinctive, Woodpecker Flooring (opens in new tab)'s floorboards make a statement. Deep ebony undertones and all the character of aged extra rustic oak is combined to tell the story of a reclaimed aged timber.
- These wood floor cleaners can give your floorboards a new lease of life and make that parquet pristine in no time.
6. Checkered-pattern kitchen floor tiles
Create a gingham effect with three different tones of square Victorian floor tiles like these from Original Style (opens in new tab).
Add a rectangular tile border for added interest or keep things monochrome and style with matt black cabinetry for an updated look.
- Fancy trying out tiling yourself? Our how to tile a floor step-by-step guide will make you a pro.
7. Unify hexagonal tiles from floors to walls
On trend and perfect for those who love symmetry hexagonal tiles will look amazing on walls and floors in your kitchen.
These rose toned porcelain tiles from Tile Mountain have a matt finish for a contemporary spin and added practicality.
Experts at Tile Mountain (opens in new tab) say, 'For a busy family home or one with lots of pets we would typically recommend porcelain tiles as these are extremely hardwearing and easy to maintain. A matt or textured finish is most advisable in a high traffic area.'
Consider the above idea and blend the tiles from the floor to the wall to make a statement.
8. A parquet flooring color transition
Have an open plan kitchen area? If you'd like to distinguish between the two areas, one creative idea would be to gradually transition the flooring from one color to another.
The key is to blend the same style in different hues like this kitchen from Wren Kitchens (opens in new tab), where they blend from wood effect to pink and piece-by-piece, to white.
9. Country-style travertine stone flooring
A timeless, classic flooring choice, travertine is hardwearing and it's perfect for a traditional country property or a barn conversion.
It'll add character to a traditional kitchen design with its well-established, worn look, natural veins and marbling.
Pair with plenty of stripped wood, exposed stone walls and freestanding kitchen units for a pared back look.
- Want to learn how to clean stone floors properly? We've got a how to guide for that.
10. Create an illusion with geometric floor tiles
Create a dramatic pattern with a geometric feature floor to evoke an Art Deco look.
The 3D effect adds depth, whether you're working with an open plan kitchen or a space on the smaller side like a small kitchen extension.
- Use striking repeat patterns and cool colour combinations with our favourite retro, geometric wall ideas.
11. Opt for sustainable bamboo flooring
If you're looking for ways to future proof your kitchen and your home, bamboo flooring is the best option.
Experts at The Bamboo Flooring Company (opens in new tab) say, 'Bamboo flooring is a great choice for most rooms in your home, even a kitchen. It is versatile, hard wearing, durable and sustainable. There are different types of bamboo flooring, so you are best to make sure that you choose the correct type that can deal with a kitchen atmosphere.'
A dark brown strand woven bamboo flooring is by far the best type of bamboo flooring for a kitchen. Due to its robust nature, it can withstand changes in temperature, humidity and moisture, perfect for this hardworking room.
12. Create a pattern with tiles in different colors and sizes
Create a bold, graphic pattern with practical LVT floor tiles. Amtico's take on traditional flagstone style tiles have a modern and architectural placement.
In soft neutrals these tiles would look equally striking in large open plan living kitchens or slim galley kitchens.
13. Polished concrete kitchen flooring
Architectural in appearance, concrete flooring is ideal for creating an industrial look and can also usually be laid on existing substrates, including existing tiling.
The foundation just needs to be free of potential movement and moisture.
Create a slick, pared back kitchen with metal windows, doors and simple white wall backdrop.