Kitchen Flooring Ideas
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.
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Pine Floors Offer Golden Glow
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Stained Concrete Has Stylish 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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Go Green with Bamboo Flooring
Try Painted Floors
Learn what you need to know for painting the wood floors in the kitchen.
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Convey Vintage Style with Flooring
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.
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Add Drama with Dark Walnut Floors
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.
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Ceramic Floor Tiles Add Vintage Charm
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Slate's Classic Look Holds Up
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.
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Unfinished for a Casual Look
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.
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Colonial-Style Flooring Brings Authenticity
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.
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Go Rustic with Travertine
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.
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Affordable Laminate Offers Hardwood Appeal
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.
Easy to Install Laminate Floors
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Cherry for Durability and Rich Color
Rich cherry planks line the floor of this spacious kitchen. Cherry is a popular, durable floor choice -- it is open-grained like oak but more than twice as hard. It features dark brown or black streaks that contrast with a base color which ranges from dark orange to reddish brown.
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Add Style with a Stencil
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.
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Brick It for a Bold Look
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.
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Slate for Rugged Texture
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.