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Originally posted 16th May 2022

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Kitchen Flooring Ideas, Inspiration & Considerations

Whatever the occasion, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Making sure your kitchen...

Simon Golder

Product Analyst

5 min read
Written by Expert

Whatever the occasion, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Making sure your kitchen floor can withstand high traffic is one thing, but you also want it to look good. Read on to get some kitchen flooring ideas perfect for any budget, room size and, of course, style.

1. Add warmth and comfort with vinyl flooring

The kitchen doesn’t just function as a place to cook and eat solely. From installing televisions to choosing elaborate seating, the kitchen’s traditional practicality is now on a par with being a social place to enjoy with friends and family so making decisions on the look and feel of this room is even more important to ensure a level of luxury and comfort.

Choose flooring that provides a level of comfort underfoot. Luxury vinyl tiles are perfect for creating a level of warmth due to the cushioned feel, whilst withstanding intensive cleaning and footfall compared to carpet.

2. Choose patterned flooring for an ‘in vogue’ feel

Deciding on the right choice of flooring for your kitchen comes down to keeping to your style, however, an ‘in vogue’ option is to use flooring to add colour and patterns to the room, rather than relying solely on wall paint and accessories.

Choose beautiful oak wood flooring in a deep colour, laid in a herringbone effect pattern to give a feel of ultimate luxury and style. Perfect for high traffic areas and uplifting the ambience of living space, this flooring will suit any kitchen, big or small.

For a more modern twist, opt for a Spanish tile vinyl that gives the illusion of intricately laid tiles, without the hard feel underfoot. Cushioned for comfort, vinyl provided the style and substance when it comes to flooring.

3. Mimic modern tiles

A classic look to any modern kitchen is the addition of large tiles. Whether it’s a rustic natural stone finish or glossy porcelain, tiles are a common choice for kitchen floors due to their durability and stylish quality.

However, did you know that you can mimic a very similar look, with a much shorter installation time? LVT click-flooring is the perfect solution to mimicking the desirable tile flooring and is available in a whole range of styles and colours that will keep your kitchen looking beautiful for years to come.

If a modern style is what you desire for your kitchen, then don’t dismiss the option of LVT as there are a lot of colours and sizes to choose from that will create the exact look you’re after.

4. Keep it traditional with real wooden flooring

Close up of LVT flooring

Wooden flooring never goes out of style which is why there is always so much choice in terms of design, styles and colours and the kitchen is the perfect room to install this.

If you’re looking for traditional style wood flooring that is in keeping with a character property, why not opt for a distressed real wood floor that will appear as though it’s always been part of the house. The gorgeous rich tones and beautiful manufacturing make it easy to see why so many people are going back to the traditional styles for their homes.

Can wooden flooring be used in kitchens? Yes! It’s just important to keep on top of the maintenance and used manufacture approved cleaners.

LVT Herringbone in Natural oak kitchen flooring

5. Contrast flooring with walls for an up-to-date kitchen

Your home’s decor should reflect you and your personality, so don’t be put off choosing what you love, even if this is a little more out there than the ‘norm’. One trend that seems to be popular is contrasting the floor colours with the walls giving rooms their own character and style.

There are lots of colours that you may not have yet discovered that could be the perfect solution for your new kitchen. Consider black laminated flooring and team with bold paint colour and contrasting worktops. Or maybe a patterned laminate could be the answer to creating a fun style that the whole family will enjoy.

6. Opt for an industrial style

Exposed brick and pipework may be popular in big city apartments, but this can also transfer well to any home. A polished concrete floor can be a striking feature within a kitchen for the ultimate industrial look, but if your home isn’t set up for this and you want to invest in flooring that gives the look and feel of this feature, then there are plenty of options.

Vinyl flooring is the perfect choice for giving the illusion of a smooth and consistent floor, commonly associated with industrial ambience. With slate grey flooring being synonymous with this look and feel, it’s easily replicated using this flooring typer and you’ll be guaranteed quality.

7. Laminate offers a practical solution

If real wood flooring isn’t an option, laminate is the perfect kitchen alternative. Easy to install and with so many colours, styles and thicknesses to choose from it’s a no brainer to see why this is one of the most popular flooring options for many homes.

Withstanding high footfall and durable against everyday usage, laminate flooring is ideal for families big and small as well as having the capacity to fill large spaces. Create a traditional design with herringbone laminate or keep it simple with traditional planks that create crisp lines and symmetry within the home.

8. Create a Mediterranean feel with light flooring

If you want a kitchen that oozes sophistication and takes you to sunnier places, opt for beautifully crisp white floors that are sure to give you that holiday feel. For this type of flooring tiles may be your go-to solution, but prestige gloss laminate flooring gives a similar effect whilst being incredibly simple to lay.

Teamed with beautiful terracotta accessories or pastel sea blues, you’ll have a Mediterranean paradise in your very own home.

9. Laminate or Vinyl for easy installation and style

As well as looking great, no one wants their kitchen out of action for longer than needs be, which is why laminate and vinyl flooring can be a great solution for busy homes. Easy to install as well as giving a beautiful desired effect, it’s easy to see why they are so popular compared to other slightly timely installations.

Take a look at your options and find the perfect flooring to suit your plans for a kitchen revamp.

Unsure what you need?

Whatever you’re looking for, the best way to be sure of what you need and want is to order samples. You can do this for free for up to 2 samples quickly and easily on the Factory Direct Flooring website. Simply choose the flooring you’d like ‘Order Free Sample’ and follow the checkout process. These will then be delivered to your requested address, ready for you to try out. Any issues or questions, our friendly team are on hand to help, so get in touch.

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About the Author

Simon Golder, Product Analyst

Simon has been a key team player with over 20 years experience, he started his love of wood as a carpenter before joining our team. He is heavily involved with every product that we offer, looking at all the key aspects including finishes, colours and performance. Simon is responsible for all of the images shown throughout our website, making sure that we give the very best realistic view of all our products.