With many of us looking to revamp our kitchens, we’ve sifted through our Livingetc.com archives to pull together 25 stunning kitchen flooring ideas.
The past few months have given us lots of extra time at home, and with the kitchen being the heart of the home our minds have focussed around plotting, pondering and planning mini kitchen makeovers. Of course, a lick of paint on the walls or the cabinetry is the quickest and least expensive solution, but new kitchen flooring can make a dramatic difference.
Poured concrete flooring, resin flooring and screeded flooring have all grown in popularity due to their clean and simple aesthetic, plus they’re hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. Terrazzo is also a stunning option, and perfectly suited to modern, minimalist or industrial-style properties.
Bleached flooring can give a kitchen a relaxed and beach look, as can white painted floorboards. Herringbone parquet and marble floors will guarantee a very high-end and elegant finish.
Octagonal tiles and square insets will give a kitchen floor a vintage vibe, but 2020 has seen a cool, modern spin on these traditional tiles; unlike original Victorian tiles, luxury vinyl alternatives are hard-wearing, waterproof and easy to maintain, making it ideal for kitchens or high-traffic areas of the house.
Vinyl has come a long a way in design – and is excellent for noise cancelling too. Rigid core luxury vinyl reduces sound transfer to rooms below by 21dB, which makes a big difference in multistorey homes. It needs very little preparation as it can be fitted over most existing subfloors, floorboards and ceramics. Plus, installation is quicker as rigid core planks and tiles require no adhesive and can fit together with a click and lock. Karndean Designflooring will add new herringbone designs in a rigid core option to its Van Gogh collection in September 2020. This will open up new design options for those wanting a classic look without the sound transfer.
Mosaic-style tiles can create intricate, pretty patterns on the floor, as shown in the Blakes London kitchen below (number 4). But while dynamic stone patterned floors are a stunning choice for kitchens but they can be pricey. Instead, make like interior designer Beata Heuman and try painting one on (see example 3).
Another budget-friendly alternative to stone floors is 3D printed tiles. Digital printing has advanced to an extent that manufacturers are now able to create surfaces that faithfully mimic mother nature. These tiles also solve the issues often associated with natural stone: they don’t need to be sealed to improve stain resistance and they are virtually impervious to water. What’s more, with modern Full Digital technology available, if you were to slice through the tile, the pattern would be the same on the surface as in its core. The benefit? If the surface wears down, the stone pattern is still visible. Try Peronda and Inalco’s MDi porcelain tiles.
From modern resin and poured concrete kitchen flooring to traditional tiles and parquet floors, here are 25 of the best kitchen flooring ideas for a smart finish underfoot…
Using three different types of tile in one space may sound a bit mad, but sticking to a single colour takes the idea from scary to chic in a blink. The splashback is covered in tiles containing all the greens found on the ground, while the shelving picks up the darker outlines. Porcelain stoneware cement tiles like these are just as practical on the floor as they are on a splashback, so feel free to layer up the room to your heart’s content.
Get the look: Segni Blend in Verde cement tiles, price on request, Marazzi
Give your floors a vintage look by using octagonal tiles and square insets, like the Montpellier from Karndean Designflooring’s Heritage collection. This neoclassical design nods to history, but its clean lines and contemporary colourways take it firmly into 2020. Plus, unlike original Victorian tiles, luxury vinyl is hard-wearing, waterproof and easy to maintain, making it ideal for kitchens or high-traffic areas of the house.
Get the look: Montpellier MONT-06 luxury vinyl tiles, from £84.99sq m, from the Heritage collection by Karndean Designflooring
As impressive as dynamic stone laying patterns can look, they can be pricey. Instead, try painting one on. Interior designer Beata Heuman believes it has the same striking overall impression but the fact that it’s just paint ensures that
the finished look feels relaxed. The best method for achieving this involves mapping out
the pattern using string and charcoal on a pre-primed floor. Three base colours are then painted one at a time and the veining is added last.
This pretty tiled floor flows from the kitchen into the pantry, and the cabinetry style is the same, so this space feels cohesive with the rest of the kitchen design.
This kitchen is small and dark, and clutter-free, as all appliances are integrated behind cupboard doors. Terracotta painted walls, floors and ceiling stop the dark grey cabinets feeling cold and dull, and the orange worktop complements the copper kitchen handles.
This resin flooring feels modern but at the same time fades slightly into the background.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Roundhouse. For a similar vintage cabinet, try Original House. These are Tom Dixon’s Beat Fat pendants.
Bleached flooring give this shaker kitchen a relaxed feel. Marble worktops and a butler’s sink are teamed with classic metro tiles and handsome cabinets.
Get the look: Floorboards, Dinesen. Tiles, Walls & Floors.
Terrazzo flooring is durable, easy to clean, looks seamless and is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens.
Get the look: The charcoal glazed bricks are from Euroa Clay Products in Melbourne. Try grestec.co.uk for similar. The island was custom-made from bleached American oak and Calacatta marble.
A herringbone parquet floor makes this kitchen look super elegant. This oak cabinetry has been beautifully handcrafted and stained in a darker shade.
Get the look: Bespoke solid-oak joinery from AJ&B with integrated Miele appliances. The worktops, splashbacks and plinth are all Carrara marble. The tap is from Dornbracht. The bench is from Another County.
Terracotta tiles, dark grey cabinetry and rustic wood surfaces create an earthy kitchen.
Get the look: The built-in kitchen units came with the house – for similar, try Magnet. Find terracotta floor tiles like these at Fired Earth. The Live East Die Young print is from Nelly Duff.
The painted floors in this Barcelona loft apartment create a rustic, beachy vibe.
Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry is made of metal: for similar, check out the Phoenix design by Varenna/Poliform. These are H stools by Chantal Andriot for Tolix. The suspended storage-cum-display unit is bespoke– to create something similar, see Ikea’s Omar modular shelving system.
The black limestone flooring reflects the darker details in this bright, Yves Klein blue kitchen.
Get the look: Design by Suzy Hoodless. Wall shelving, The French House. Cabinet handles, Schoolhouse (US) – try Swarf Hardware. Blinds, Woodnotes.
This Versailles-style parquet floor adds traditional elegance to this trendy blue kitchen.
Traditional kitchen floor tiles like these are timeless for a reason; they complement every style of kitchen decor, they're long lasting and easy to keep clean, and they blend into the background and let the focus be on the rest of the kitchen.
Get the look: The cabinetry was designed and built by Jack Trench. These are CH58 bar stools by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The Gubi Bestlite BL9 pendants are from Twentytwentyone.
Poured concrete flooring perfectly complements the rawness of the plywood cabinets. A concrete worktop was added to tie in with the floor. The bespoke cabinets are built in premium-grade birch-faced plywood, which has a smooth, knot-free finish.
Get the look: The floor and work surfaces are by The Concrete Flooring Contractors. The DSW chair is by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra.
Another beautiful example of a poured concrete kitchen floor, here it's the perfect finishing touch to an industrial-style rear extension and side return.
This cool kitchen design features concrete worktops and screed floors and tin tiles along the sides of the kitchen island.
Get the look: The Stanbury bespoke kitchen is by DIY Kitchens. The Island units are from Ikea. The tin tiles on the island are from Rockett St George. The dining table is by Urban Grain. The Mia Spindle chairs are by Graham and Green. The Olde Bayswater Blend brick slip wall tiles are by Brickslips.
A warm, soft stone floor complements the neutral and natural look of this country kitchen.
Get the look: Ebonised cabinet, dining table and dining chairs, all Fontaine. Henry IV marble, MGLW.
The sleek lines of the kitchen cabinets are broken up by a Murano glass chandelier and the swirls of the marble flooring and worktops. Tres chic.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Boffi. The chandelier is from Caira Mandaglio. The black and white jar is by Jonathan Adler.
Dark stained floor boards help retain this dramatic kitchen's mood and elegance.
Get the look: The Kenta table and benches were custom-made by Lombok. The ballroom chandeliers are from Abigail Ahern.
These floorboards are made from reclaimed pine and stained with a white-pigmented oil for a softer finish.
Get the look: Find reclaimed floorboards at Masco Salvage.
(continued) Interior designer Mark Lewis wanted to nudge this Victorian church conversion back to its origins. That meant a raw feel to the walls, traditional flooring and recycled fittings. A lime plaster, with a mid-grey pigment, adds a fittingly dramatic backdrop for the original carved stone church column.
This kitchen has a cool, industrial feel to it, party owed to the Vipp design, and partly owed to the reclaimed brick walls (this kitchen sits inside a converted power station in Copenhagen) and chunky mosaic Terrazzo flooring. The oversized planter and rug soften the look.
Get the look: Three Vipp pendants hang over the Vipp kitchen island.
A soft rug helps make this family kitchen feel extra cosy and inviting.
Get the look: Design by Studio Peake. Kitchen cabinets made from pre-grooved MDF boards. Kitchen knobs are from Louis Fraser. Kettle is Alessi. Rug is Madeleine Weinrib.
Metro tiles isn't an obvious choice for kitchen flooring, but matte grey tiles create a calming and modern floor in this Catskills weekend home.
Get the look: The tile floors are quarry and from Summitville, New York.