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Kitchen floor ideas for stunning cooking spaces
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As the heart of the home, your kitchen needs flooring that offers durability and style in equal measures. Thankfully, there are many kitchen floor options available with different textures, materials, colours and shapes to choose from.

Whether you want something subtle and chic to put underfoot or flooring that will make a real statement, we’ve put together some kitchen floor ideas to inspire you.

What is the best flooring for a kitchen?

The best type of flooring for your kitchen is one that complements your units, worktops and décor, as well as being hard-wearing. Your kitchen flooring isn’t something you will change as often as colour schemes and accessories, so it’s important to consider the longevity and maintenance of the flooring you choose.

You also need to think about the condition of your sub-floor – everything needs to be structurally sound and flat before your flooring is laid. This is why it’s especially important to use a professional tradesperson who is experienced in the type of flooring you want to lay in your kitchen.

Have you considered underfloor heating? Certain types of kitchen flooring, such as tiles and stone, can be cold to walk on during the winter months. If you’re thinking about installing underfloor heating in your kitchen, view our cost guide here.

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Kitchen floor ideas – what are the different types of flooring?

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for kitchens, as there as so many different designs and styles to choose from. Extremely easy to clean and maintain, vinyl can be laid quickly to create your desired look.

In general, you should aim to choose a vinyl that is at least 3mm thick if you want it to be long-lasting and durable. To find out more about using vinyl for your kitchen flooring, read our vinyl floor guide.

Kitchen with vinyl floorVinyl flooring for kitchensTiles

With a vast choice of sizes, shapes and styles, kitchen floor tiles are ideal for both modern and traditional homes. You could opt for a natural material, such as slate or limestone, both great for period homes or country-style kitchens.

However, ceramic and porcelain tiles are often a cheaper alternative to natural materials, making them perfect if you’re on a budget. You could even go for reclaimed tiles if you want a vintage effect that is in keeping with the style of your home.

Take a look at our kitchen tile flooring guide to find out more about choosing the perfect tiles for your kitchen.

Kitchen tiled floorPattern kitchen floor tilesWood

When it comes to using wood flooring in your kitchen, it can be best to opt for engineered wood. This type of wooden flooring has a multi-layered construction and won’t be prone to changing with the conditions of a kitchen environment. You can go for solid oiled wood floors in your kitchen, and you just need to be aware they will require more upkeep and maintenance.

If you love the look of wood but don’t want the expense or maintenance of solid wood flooring, you could opt for wood effect vinyl flooring, laminate or even tiles.

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