13 kitchen flooring ideas: Stylish tiles, vinyl and wood floor inspo

Looking for kitchen flooring ideas that are practical, hard-wearing and stylish? We've got stunning tile, vinyl and wood ideas that will floor you.

Carpetright Hexagon Black Gold Vinyl tiles in a contemporary kitchen with navy blue cabinetry and ribbed glass
(Image credit: Carpetright)

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 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 

walls and floors terazzo effect grey porcelain tile in a kitchen with dark blue cabinetry and open shelving with wood bench seating

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One of the biggest tile trends of 2020, the Terrazzo trend is still a firm favorite for walls and floors. 

Walls and Floors' 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.

2. Victorian floor tiles for kitchen flooring

khaki green and black Original Style Victorian floor tiles in harrowgate pattern in a traditional kitchen with white cabinetry, kitchen island and blue ceiling lights

(Image credit: Original Style)

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.

3. Hexagonal black vinyl tiles for kitchen flooring

black hexagonal marble effect floor tiles in a navy kitchen with island and bar stools by Carpetright

(Image credit: Carpetright)

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 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.'

4. Parquet wood-effect porcelain tiles for kitchen flooring

kanna nogel parquet wood effect tiles in a modern kitchen with kitchen island, seating area and coffee table - Tile Mountain

(Image credit: Tile Mountain)

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

Woodpecker flooring in a kirche Berkeley cellar oak engineered wood flooring in a kitchen with open shelving, wood cabinetry and dining table

(Image credit: Woodpecker 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'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 

Victorian floor tiles in green/grey check pattern Cambridge 3 Colour Pattern in a kitchen with black matte cabinetry and metro tile splashback - Original Style

(Image credit: Original Style)

Create a gingham effect with three different tones of square Victorian floor tiles like these from Original Style.

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

Tile Mountain pink Kromatika Rose Hexagonal Tiles on floor to wall in a kitchen with an island and green velvet bar stools

(Image credit: Tile Mountain)

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 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

wren kitchens baby pink kitchen island with parquet floor in a kitchen

(Image credit: Wren Kitchens)

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, where they blend from wood effect to pink and piece-by-piece, to white. 

9. Country-style travertine stone flooring

stone flooring in country style kitchen with open plan living and grey kitchen - CREDIT Katie Lee

(Image credit: Katie Lee/Future PLC)

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.

10. Create an illusion with geometric floor tiles 

retro geometric black and white tiling in a kitchen with sage green cabinetry and breakfast bar CREDIT Kasia Fiszer

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer/Future PLC)

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 

dark brown parquet flooring in a kitchen with blue cabinetry, living area and kitchen table - Solid chestnut Strand woven parquet block BONA coated bamboo flooring

(Image credit: The Bamboo flooring Company)

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 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

Pink, grey, white tiling in a dining area in a kitchen with white dining table with black chairs - Amtico

(Image credit: Amtico)

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

Metal framed windows used as an interior and exterior wall with a concrete floor

(Image credit: Crittal)

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.

Jenny McFarlane
Senior Digital Editor

Jenny is Senior Digital Editor and joined the team in January 2021. She also works on the homes brands' video show, on the Future Homes Network, which is packed full of ideas to help you make the most of your own home and garden. Since getting on the property market with her first apartment and then more recently a house, her passion for interior design and gardening has taken on a new lease of life. Jenny's currently on the lookout for a doer-upper to put her stamp on. She loves collecting and salvaging unique items (much to her other half's despair) but sniffing out stylish home bargains is her one true love. When she has a spare minute, she loves to do a spot of crafting, having studied textiles at Uni – although she hardly gets the chance with a toddler who keeps her permanently on her toes.