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Learn about a wide variety of kitchen flooring ideas, and see how homeowners use hardwood, laminate, slate, and more to create the perfect blend of style and durability.
The versatility and durability of decorative concrete make it a popular alternative to stone or tile. A mottled-brown-black stain gives this kitchen's concrete floor a distinctive warmth and old-world character. The concrete is the perfect counterpoint to the bold red-and-black palette in this kitchen.
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In this kitchen black and white vinyl tiles on a diagonal add vintage flair. With white on white throughout the rest of the room, the floor helps keep the space grounded.
Wide-plank walnut floors stained chocolate brown bridge the style gap between traditional and contemporary in this large kitchen. A word of caution: Walnut is softer than other hardwood flooring and more easily damaged by high heels and dropped dishes. A satin polyurethane finish gives the flooring a rich, subtle sheen and helps downplay any denting.
A popular flooring choice for heavy-traffic areas, slate has a dense, smooth texture that makes it durable, moisture-resistant, and impervious to most stains. These homeowners chose slate tiles for the kitchen's heated floor because they radiate warmth efficiently. They also require little care and suit both vintage and contemporary styles.
The wood floors in this kitchen were refinished but left natural, adding to the room's casual country vibe. To protect floors without adding a glossy finish, use a flat or satin varnish or polyurethane.
Wide-plank, old-growth hardwood flooring contributes to this eating area's authentic Colonial-inspired style. Featuring intricate graining and characteristic knots, white pine ages to a warm orange-yellow hue that enhances country and rustic interiors.
A travertine floor was the inspiration for the rustic interior design of this kitchen remodel. The tumbled finish is one of four options available for travertine (the others are polished, honed, and brushed). Tumbled travertine resembles old stone pavers, but in this kitchen the floor is warmed by radiant heat for modern comfort.
A great-looking floor comes at a price -- but not always the highest price. Available in a variety of finishes, laminate floors are easy to maintain and much less expensive than hardwood. As a result, these homeowners were able to afford extending the laminate from the kitchen area into the dining area, visually enlarging the space.
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Update your existing floors with a whitewash finish and stencil pattern. Using a stencil on the floor adds a unique cottage flair -- and hides most of the old floor's imperfections. To ensure your hard work lasts, coat the floors with polyurethane every few years.
In-kitchen nooks are great for casual family meals because the food can go from kitchen to table in seconds. Here, a white table and green chairs create a cottage-chic space, perfectly in sync with the brick floor. Laying the brick in a herringbone pattern adds extra interest, and even a modern flair to the cottage room.
The rich blue cabinetry in this kitchen was inspired by the colorful slate tile floor in blue and rust. Slate is a popular flooring choice due to its durability, slip-resistant texture, and natural color variations. Because it's a porous natural stone, slate flooring requires a protective sealant.