Materials that can resist spills and are durable.
Wondering which flooring material would be the best for your kitchen?
Need some help deciding how to make your kitchen floor long-lasting and stylish?
Renovating your kitchen and searching for the flooring option that best fits your outlook?
Then you should read through this blog post!
Top flooring materials for your kitchen
When it comes to kitchen interior design, flooring is an important aspect to consider.
It should be able to withstand daily wear and tear, you should be able to clean spills easily, and it should reflect the overall style of your kitchen.
With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the right one.
To help you choose, we’ve compiled a list of 10 durable and stylish options for kitchen flooring.
From classic hardwoods to modern tiles, we have covered them all.
Ceramic tile is a type of flooring made from clay that is baked in an oven at high heat. It is strong and can last a long time.
It also doesn’t let water or stains soak in, making it a great choice for kitchens.
Ceramic tile comes in many colours and designs, and some variations can look like other materials, such as wood or stone.
The only downsides to ceramic tile are that it can sometimes feel hard and cold to walk on.
Also, if it chips, the clay colour underneath will show.
Terra Cotta Tile
Terra cotta is a type of ceramic flooring which is made from a particular red clay that gives a distinctive look, unlike other ceramic materials.
It comes in different shades, from beige to charcoal.
If you want terra cotta tile for your kitchen, it’s important to choose one that is strong and dense.
The ones that are weak and porous are more likely to get stained or damaged by water.
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Porcelain and ceramic are both made by heating/”firing” clay mixtures in a kiln, but porcelain is made from a more refined clay and “fired” at a higher temperature.
This makes it thicker and more durable than ceramic.
Porcelain flooring is available in numerous colours, textures and shapes – which means plenty of design possibilities.
They’re a good option for any high-traffic area of your house like the kitchen.
Porcelain floors are easy to clean and maintain which is another plus point in a kitchen environment.
Finally, this type of flooring is quite strong and depending on the colour and glaze can conceal scratches.
(Natural Stone) Tile
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If you’re looking for luxurious kitchen flooring, you can’t go wrong with natural stone.
It’s one of the most popular flooring materials available…it’s durable and long-lasting as well.
There is one drawback to a stone floor in the kitchen – stone can be porous and water can leak through it and cause water damage.
Apply sealers to stop this problem.
Some of the most popular stone types:
- Granite: Although better known for countertops, granite is a good floor option for its durability.
- Limestone: Limestone has an attractive look but is soft and suitable only for low-traffic areas.
- Marble: Everyone knows marble’s classic appeal but polished marble can be easily scratched and stained.
Concrete is a low-maintenance and durable material making it a great option for kitchen floors.
However, concrete flooring can be difficult to install.
If you want an industrial look for your kitchen, concrete is the way to go.
Concrete floors can be treated in various ways (polishing, staining and so on) to gain stylish appearances.
On the other hand concrete floors can be cold and hard (like ceramic tile floors) and it has an industrial aesthetic that many people don’t like.
As you’ll find out in a bit, hardwood flooring is one of the great favourites when it comes to luxurious room interiors.
However, just like natural stone floors, hardwood can be expensive and difficult to maintain.
Which brings us to laminate flooring.
Laminate is a synthetic material made of layers of resin and engineered wood.
It can mimic other materials like wood and ceramic while being much more affordable, easy to install and quite durable.
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Vinyl is another affordable synthetic material (like laminate).
Its biggest advantage is that it’s highly resistant to stains and water damage.
Spills and any temporary stains can easily be cleaned with some vacuum cleaning – or even with a simple mop or broom sweep.
It’s among the most affordable and DIY-friendly of flooring types and a good choice for high-traffic areas.
The main drawbacks of vinyl are that it can lose colour rapidly, and also it’s not very resistant to wear and tear.
Luxury vinyl is a relatively new kind of vinyl, which has many advantages like being thin and flexible, and available in a number of colours and patterns.
Luxury vinyl comes in two main forms – Luxury Vinyl Planks and Luxury Vinyl Tiles.
The key feature of linoleum floors is their unique feel which makes you feel very comfortable standing on them.
It’s also easy to clean and maintain and comes in a wide variety of colours and designs.
Properly maintained, linoleum floors can last decades.
Finally, linoleum is made from a kind of linseed oil and is eco-friendly.
On the other hand, this floor type can get discoloured over time. It’s also susceptible to water damage.
Like we mentioned before, when it comes to luxury flooring options, hardwood and natural stone are easily some of the most popular choices.
Hardwood is extremely durable, and with the right finishing and sealer can resist water leaks and damage like can happen in a kitchen.
And while it can age, a little sanding and refinishing will make it look new.
It has a unique feeling under our feet and can boost your home’s value.
On the other hand, hardwood can dent and scratch and installation is difficult.
There are two main kinds of hardwood floors – solid wood and engineered wood.
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If you remember, we mentioned how linoleum is an eco-friendly material.
Here is another flooring type that’s even more eco-friendly; it is sustainable as well – bamboo.
Bamboo floors are made entirely out of bamboo grass, which grows back quickly on being harvested.
You can get bamboo floors in many colours and priced affordably.
Here is one surprise – though it’s technically a grass, bamboo floors can be as hard as hardwood. It’s also more durable.
Maintenance-wise, you should wipe up spills quickly and try to avoid scratches.
Scratches can be refinished over, but refinishing bamboo is difficult.
Our final styish kitchen flooring material is another eco-friendly and sustainable option – cork.
Coloured cork can give your kitchen a completely unique look while pairing well with wood flooring.
It feels comfortable under your foot, lasts long, and can be refinished to deal with spills and scratches.
The best kitchen floor options – conclusion
In conclusion, when it comes to kitchen flooring, you can choose from various options ranging from eco-friendly bamboo and cork to luxurious stone and hardwood and durable and easy-to-maintain vinyl and laminate.
You may have seen that there is some tradeoff to be made between luxuriousness, easy of installing, long-term maintenance, and price points.
Go through our blog post, read through the various features and benefits of each option and then make an informed decision on what material to use for your kitchen floors.