When renovating or updating a kitchen, one area you should never neglect is the floor. Due to the nature of kitchen activities and the fact that we are often on our feet while cooking, kitchen flooring needs to be hardwearing as well as endlessly stylish.
With a huge range of kitchen flooring types available, it can be hard to discern which flooring is best for your kitchen.
From humble wood to elegant marble tiles, our guide on flooring types and how they can complement your design is here to help you choose the best type of flooring for your kitchen.
Classic and warm, wood flooring is the ideal complement to classic Shaker and country-style kitchen designs. It can also be used with great effect for an industrial kitchen aesthetic, as long as it is balanced with the right cabinets and worktops.
Wood flooring can be used to match your overarching style as well. Staining your wood floor is a great way to achieve your desired effect. For example, you may want a dark-stained wood floor to add depth and intrigue to a dark-colour kitchen, or a lighter tone to create a sense of space in a small kitchen.
Kitchen floors need to be hardwearing and as stain resistant as possible. Therefore, if you decide to install a wood floor to complete your kitchen design, it is critical the wood is treated properly.
Easy-to-clean, hardwearing and relatively inexpensive, laminate and vinyl flooring are perfect for updating your kitchen without the expense of a refit. Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of styles and wood effects, making it a great choice for instantly enhancing a kitchen.
Vinyl kitchen flooring is available with possibly the widest range of designs, making it easy for you to add you style and personality to a kitchen. You can even have custom-printed vinyl flooring made for your space, to your exacting design specifications.
Laminate and vinyl kitchen flooring types are non-porous too, meaning they will not absorb spills and do not stain easily. Most vinyl and laminate floors are wipe clean so you can easily stay on top of their maintenance.
Tiles are a luxurious and timeless kitchen floor option that can be cut and customised to your exacting requirement. They can create a cooling feel to a kitchen, but with the addition of under-floor heating can be warmed gently in the winter months. Tiles are also easy to keep clean, although certain materials will need specialist cleaners.
Generally, there are two types of tile flooring to choose from: ceramic or stone ceramic offers the widest selection of styles and can be made to fit your bespoke design. Their durability is part of their appeal, although keeping grout lines clean and presentable in heavily used kitchens can be tough. Terracotta tiles fall into the ceramic category and offer a rustic, farmhouse look that complements pared-back Shaker-style kitchens.
Elegant and refined, stone tiles is one of the most hardwearing flooring types available for kitchens. Stone tiles can be costly, and it is worthwhile investing in them for the long haul. Slate, limestone and marble are often chosen for their high-end appeal and exceptional quality.
For a statement-making floor in an otherwise simple kitchen design, go for a patterned floor that stands out while complementing your design. Patterned floors can be crafted with almost any kitchen floor type, as well as a combination of two or more.
Tiles in a range of shapes, colours and styles can be arranged into custom designs or mosaics to create a striking floor. A combination of wooden parquet and tile can help to define areas of your kitchen, such as a breakfast nook, with different yet complementary flooring. Herringbone designs lend themselves particularly well to this and you can blend the two with dazzling effect.
The same effect can be created by painting wooden flooring too, either to mark out areas of different uses or to paint a desired design across the kitchen floor. Remember, if you are painting a wood floor, it will need to be the correct paint finish and retreated so it is fit for purpose in the kitchen.
When selecting a kitchen flooring type, whether it is for a complete renovation or just to update your kitchen look, it is important that your floor matches your colour scheme. That could be in a harmonious or analogous tone to your cabinets or using a contrasting colour to make your scheme pop.
Light floors can work wonderfully well in soft, minimal and small spaces to create a sense of space and light. They also look great in unison with worktops such as pairing a marble tile floor with a marble worktop and contrasting cabinets.
Dark floors are great for adding mystery and intrigue to a space. Matching your floor, wall, worktop and cabinet colours builds drama and creates a stunning backdrop for contrasting accessories to make your kitchen sing.
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