Though floors may not be the first thing to garner our attention when we walk into a home, they're crucial to a cohesive, enviable interior. This is especially true in the kitchen, where the right tile or area rug can truly transform the room. Aside from highlighting the home's architectural features and creating a durable foundation, kitchen flooring can truly be the standout feature of the whole space. And considering that one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @ihavethisthingforfloors, has 825K followers, it's safe to say we're not the only design aficionados with a special place for floors in our heart.
To honor our love for a good kitchen floor, we decided to round up some of our favorite kitchens featuring gorgeous flooring in a variety of styles, from sleek industrial vibes to farmhouse chic and Spanish traditional aesthetics. So whether you simply want to get your daily dose of décor inspiration or you're actually planning a remodel, consider these kitchen flooring ideas your blueprints for a next-level home. Ahead, check out five designs you'll want to replicate in your own home, or simply scroll through to get inspired.
Bring in Dimension With Tiles
For a fun dash of intrigue in any kitchen, consider colorful floor tiles, perhaps in a pattern that matches your home's theme—e.g., Spanish tile for a villa-esque property. Just be sure to pare down the rest of the room's décor to balance out the floor and keep the space from looking too themed or impersonal. Leather or metallic accents and bright white walls will do the trick (we love the wall-to-wall subway tile above), and be sure to keep your walkways open, both for function and to highlight that chic floor tile. If you're short on storage space, install some open shelving in lieu of adding more furniture.
Go Glam With Marble
For a more formal, dressed-up aesthetic, marble tiles are your best bet. As you can see in the kitchen above, using marble that's a similar hue as the white cabinets and walls makes them blend into each other for an expansive feel. This consistency also creates the perfect canvas to get creative with smaller accent pieces you may want to highlight.
For example, our eyes are immediately drawn to the minty fresh stove and playful light fixture, even if the real foundation (and showstopper) is the glamorous marble flooring. The classic area rug adds a fun surprise, warming up an otherwise contemporary kitchen with a more traditional element.
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Get Bold and Graphic
If you're a tile fanatic but don't want to overwhelm a small kitchen, stick to solid hues rather than patterns, which can look busy and visually crowd your room. Whether you choose one shade to use throughout or you'd like to create a graphic design with two colors, like the black-and-white look above, a bold color scheme on the floor is a great way to achieve a unique and stylish aesthetic.
Consider breaking up the attention-grabbing floor with classic but chic features, like the rustic wooden island and sophisticated stove above. Together, it all creates a fun yet functional style, and the high ceilings and natural light really open things up visually, as do the bright white walls.
Dare to go Bare
We love the interplays of light and dark and formal and casual in this kitchen. If your home is architecturally modern, an industrial-style kitchen will highlight those features perfectly. Consider concrete floors, smooth wooden walls, and an open floor plan to achieve a sleek and stylish space.
While it may come off as bare, the simplicity oozes effortless cool while also honoring the style of the home. To make the space feel more alive, considering bringing in some large indoor plants or flowers.
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Soften Hardwood With a Runner
You can't go wrong with classic hardwood floors. Besides being handsome, they are also super durable, making them perfect for families. To add a little traction and tie together any other fun design elements in your kitchen with ease, try laying down an area rug. The colorful runner above complements the pale floors perfectly and adds further contrast against the dark island and bright white cabinets.
Which kitchen flooring idea would you like to re-create in your own home? Sound off in the comment section below!