Kitchen Flooring Options
Your kitchen floor needs to stand up to a lot of foot traffic and potential spills, so consider durability and ease of maintenance when choosing materials. But that shouldn't mean you should ignore style floors play a key part in tying the look of the room together.
Porcelain tile rules the floor space because of its durability, versatility, availability in a range of colors, textures and designs, and affordability compared to natural stones. These tiles are fired at about 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, so they're tough as nails and aren't likely to chip, crack or discolor. Limestone, slate, travertine and other natural surfaces lend character to a space, but they do tend to scratch easier than porcelain tile, and they are more absorbent so more likely to stain.
Stylish Inlaid Flooring
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, inlaid flooring is a growing trend in kitchen design. This kitchen's wood floors with inlayed slate tile provide durability and complement the room's sophisticated Old Word design. Design by Suzanne Furst of Suzanne Furst Interiors.
Eco-Friendly Cork Flooring
Another hot trend in kitchen flooring, cork is an environmentally friendly option that reduces noise and is durable and soft underfoot, making it ideal for homeowners who spend much of their time in the kitchen. This kitchen's warm cork flooring complements the cabinets and the glass tile backsplash. Design by Amy Bubier of AB Design Elements LLC.
Practical Ceramic Tile Flooring
Perfect for busy kitchens, tile withstands heavy foot traffic and water, and it doesn't absorb odors or bacteria. Ceramic is easy to install but slightly more prone to damage than porcelain. An affordable alternative to travertine, this ceramic tile floor features enhanced realism due to a special digital imaging process. Image courtesy of Mohawk Flooring.
Resilient Porcelain Tile Flooring
Made from sands and minerals, porcelain tile is harder and denser than ceramic tile and is water resistant, but it's harder to install. This rich beige porcelain tile features natural color variations and realistic textures. The large-format tiles are less busy, causing the kitchen to appear larger. Image courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc.
Low-Cost Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum flooring is an inexpensive option that is available in many styles and colors and can be arranged in unique patterns to complement your kitchen's design. Linoleum is inherently antibacterial and antistatic, making it hygienic and easy to clean. Image courtesy of Forbo.
Versatile Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl comes in a wide range of colors and patterns that mimic hardwood, ceramic and stone. Unlike the dated floors of past generations, today's vinyl features better textures and colors for a more realistic appearance, thanks to improvements in the rotogravure (engraving) process for the surface. Crisp black-and-white checkerboard floors bring an updated vintage vibe to this kitchen. Image courtesy of Armstrong.
Floor tiles are larger today than ever before. A standard 12-inch tile evolved into 16-inch squares, which grew into 18-inch tiles and today, you'll find 21- and 24-inch tiles in kitchens of all sizes. (Small kitchens can also handle big tiles — fewer grout lines create a sleek space.)
Bigger tiles are better today, too, because of technology that allows manufacturers to develop tiles without warping issues that used to be a problem.
Hardwood floors are timeless and soft on the foot, making them nice for chefs that spend a lot of time on their feet in this space. Also, hardwood floors might flow into hardwood in adjacent rooms, creating a seamless line. This effect truly connects the kitchen to other living spaces in the home.