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10 great kitchen floor ideas

A lot of time and energy goes into planning and designing a new kitchen however, flooring can often be an after-thought. Think of the floor as another wall when you plan, and it will instantly be easier to envisage what will work and what won’t. Make sure you include flooring at the start of your project as it could impact heavily on other decisions such as underfloor heating, power, and water supplies.

Below are several flooring options and design trends worthy of consideration early on:

Marvellous marble:

Subtle and elegant, marble is ideal for period properties and more traditional kitchens. Marble can be polished, but an aged finish gives it a more natural feel. If well sealed and grouted, then marble will be low maintenance too.

Practical zoning:

Using two types of flooring is an easy and practical way to delineate different areas within the kitchen especially if your layout is open plan. A material such as marmoleum, for example, works well in the cooking area as it is easy to clean and has anti-bacterial properties while original stained floorboards or a patterned tile add interest to the dining area.

Go grey:

Limestone continues to be a popular flooring choice thanks to its muted colour palette and distinct veining. Despite its good looks and being very much on trend, limestone can be porous so best to select a hard grade and remember to seal it.

Creative chequerboard:

Monochrome floors are highly popular being smart and practical but can look overwhelming in a large kitchen. The introduction of chequerboard flooring can be used to highlight key focal areas around an island or breakfast bar.

Warm wood:

Timber brings warmth and character to a modern kitchen and looks just as at home in an older property. Look for quality timber with knots and rings that tell its history – oak is a wonderful flooring material and showcases the grain perfectly. Alternatively, create drama with unusual wood-effect laminates such as a multi-toned Zebrano pattern – a striped eye-catching effect in warm shades to compliment kitchen units.

Amazing mosaics:

The sky’s the limit when it comes to using mosaic tiles – these can be used to create a variety of different patterns or more detailed designs. Exotic marble mosaics work well in more contemporary kitchens giving a Middle Eastern feel.

Bold borders:

Draw attention to different parts of the kitchen, such as an island or a dresser, by using border tiles to highlight the area. Use decorative grout strips to frame the workstation or furniture and blend with the colour palette of the kitchen.

Natural stone:

Full of unique features such as intricate markings, real fossils, and veining, natural stone flooring is popular and used in a wide variety of kitchens. Large tiles laid in random lengths together with different subtle shading makes the most of this natural look.

Dramatic black:

Used wisely in larger spaces a dark floor, such as black lacquered engineered wood flooring, will create the wow factor and add edge and glamour to a more contemporary kitchen. Engineered wood works well as it resistant to shifting and swelling.

Creative grouting:

Match grout to the shade of your tiles for a continuous effect or, alternatively, pick a contrasting colour to really make both the tiles and grout stand out. On trend currently is the use of pale grey grout together with dark charcoal slate tiles.

20th Aug 2020