The choice of flooring for the ideal kitchen appears to be a simple task, but it requires some attention to have good results. Some criteria are important and must be followed so as not to err in decoration and visual composition with the rest of the environment. It is necessary to observe if the chosen floor has a high resistance, if it is of easy cleaning and finally, if it is in harmony with the style of the furniture, appliances and other kitchen items. Since this is a material that can not be changed easily, the choice must be adequate.
As the kitchen is a wet area and in constant use, the floor chosen should have a suitable abrasive resistance for this type of environment. The areas near the sink countertop, stove and cabinets are exposed to dirt, debris, grease, water and other debris. It is usually where wear begins to appear on an unsuitable floor, such as scratches, marks and blemishes. To avoid this kind of problem, consult the technical specifications of the floors in the specialized stores and the manufacturers' websites.
In the market, there is a wide range of floors with materials, compositions, color variations, finishes, resistances and each of them needs specific care. To facilitate your understanding, we separate the main types of floors that are applied in kitchens projects with visual references. At the end of the post, some tips to compose the decoration with the chosen floor:
Know the main types of kitchen flooring
Check out now our selection with the main types of flooring used in modern kitchen designs. Each material needs specific maintenance and its installation may vary in procedures, as well as the durability of each type of floor:
The ceramic flooring looks very similar to porcelain tile, however, with a lesser resistance: one of the reasons to be cheaper. Despite this, it has a multitude of colors, sizes, textures and finishes: smooth, imitation wood, stones, marbles and others.
This type of floor is a great option to use in kitchens because it has practical cleaning, a variable cost and a beautiful result. The cool thing is to use a rectified floor, which although more expensive, uses a smaller amount of grout, accumulating less dirt and making everyday cleaning even easier. Check out some designs with ceramic floor:
Picture 1 - Ceramic floor in small plates in gray color.
In the proposal of this kitchen, the differentiation of the environments is clear with the delimitation of the floor. The use of pottery appears only in the kitchen area, in shades of gray.
Picture 2 - Ceramic floor with large plates in gray color.
The ceramics are also found in the market with finished burnt cement, which features a more rustic visual style. It can be an alternative for those who do not want to apply the burned cement, thus avoiding the care that this floor requires in maintenance.
Picture 3 - Ceramic floor in beige color.
In this clean kitchen design, white is the main color in the planned cabinets and walls. The choice of a floor with a neutral color is in harmony with the decoration, maintaining its characteristics but without leaving the apathetic environment.
Picture 4 - Ceramic floor in small plates in white color with gray grout.
Small size ceramics have been the choice of this design and are visually resembling the shape of the insert used in the cladding on the wall of the worktop. For fixing this material however, it is necessary to use the grouts that require greater care in the cleaning, since they darken over time.
Picture 5 - White ceramic floor.
Being one of the most affordable options, ceramic tile can be the ideal choice for a project with a shorter budget. In this small kitchen design, the white color is ideal for maintaining the visual amplitude of the environment.
Burnt cement floor
The burnt cement floor is one of the most sought after to have a good value for money. Its style can be rustic, but it looks perfect when combined with modern designed kitchen furniture, a different option and with a lot of personality.
The latest trend is to combine burnt cement with hydraulic tile strips: the floor needs to be installed with expansion joints. They separate the burnt cement into 1 meter spaces, allowing the floor to be repaired only at a specific point in the case of cracks and stains.
In small kitchens however, the expansion joint is not so recommended. Keeping the floor smooth and without divisions gives a more uniform look and with guaranteed range in the environment. The use of joints is recommended for large kitchens. Here are some examples of kitchens with burnt cement flooring:
Picture 6 - Cement floor burned in a black kitchen.
The burnt cement, although having characteristics more oriented to the rustic style, can be applied in a more contemporary composition, with modern furniture and cabinets. In this proposal of black kitchen, the floor confers the necessary contrast and in balance with the color of the cabinets. Lighting is also super important in projects with this style.
Picture 7 - Cement floor burned in large kitchen.
One of the advantages of using the burned cement is its continuous and undivided finish. Ideal for highlighting the breadth of any interior design.
Picture 8 - Cement floor burned in the kitchen making the separation of the environments.
Another idea is to do the division of environments with different types of floor. Even in integrated environments, the use of the same material on the floor is not always the option that most pleases the residents. Here, the burnt cement floor is only applied in the American kitchen area.
Picture 9 - Burned cement floor with strip in hydraulic tile.
The combination of burnt cement with expansion joints, which serve to divide the floor into smaller spaces, together with the application of hydraulic tiles is a strong trend of decoration. Here, they bring more life to an environment and can be applied in certain area of the kitchen. In this project, the tile surrounds the central island of the project. Read on to know more about the hydraulic tile:
Hydraulic Floor Tile
Hydraulic tile is another strong trend in the use of kitchen designs. Its style is retro due to its designs and colors that make up the pieces: their colors can make a kitchen much more cheerful and inviting.
This material can be found in the most varied colors, sizes and with different designs. The composition in the kitchen is free, some designs choose a strip or a smaller place for application of the tile in combination with another type of floor. In the market, there are also companies specialized in the production of customized hydraulic tiles, exclusively for your project.
Image 10 - Colored hydraulic floor tile.
The composition of hydraulic tiles may be the ideal choice for a cleanly decorated kitchen, adding a touch of color and charm to any floor.
Image 11 - Kitchen with hydraulic tile floor in neutral colors.
In addition to the color options, hydraulic tiles can be found with neutral colors, pastel shades and even black and white options.
Image 12 - Black and white hydraulic tile floor.
In this kitchen design, yellow is already the highlight of color in the composition with the lower cabinets and the drawer. The option for the hydraulic tile floor follows the black and white tones.
Picture 13 - In this kitchen, the hydraulic tile floor has drawings of flowers.
Another proposal that features neutral colors and flower designs that follow uniform geometric shapes throughout the floor.
Image 14 - Hydraulic tile floor with orange tint.
In a kitchen design with earthy tones and wood on the central island countertops, the hydraulic tile floor follows in orange tones, leaving the environment more lively and irreverent.
Picture 15 - Hydraulic tile floor for a rustic kitchen.
The hydraulic tile can be perfect for composing in an environment with rustic decor. His drawings that refer to the retro style: this type of floor made a lot of success in decoration during the 30s and 40s.
Image 16 - Hydraulic tile floor matching with red kitchen.
The tablets can match any kitchen design, mainly due to the wide variety of materials, colors, sizes and textures available. The variation between the pieces can give a unique touch and the original in the composition of the environment. One tip for having the most modern finish with the lozenges on the kitchen floor is to keep them all in the same color. For those who prefer a more youthful and cool style, the composition of different shades of colors can form a gradient in the composition of the floor.
The types of tablets most recommended for the kitchen are glass, porcelain and ceramic: they are more water resistant and easier to clean.
Picture 17 - Floor with black tablet.
As we said before, one of the most modern uses of the tablets on the floor is with the uniform application, maintaining the same color, without varying shades. This project focuses precisely on this proposal with black tablets in the bench area.
Picture 18 - Kitchen with floor of red tablets.
To make a counterpoint with the wood of the kitchen floor, the red tablets were chosen for the wet area: it is a more suitable and resistant material than a laminated or wooden floor.
Image 19 - Design of kitchen with floor of transparent tablets.
The glass inserts were the choice of this design, from the kitchen to the living room.
Image 20 - Kitchen floor with white tablet.
Picture 21 - Kitchen floor with composition of tablets
The combination of tablets with different shades can create a differentiated floor for any kitchen design.
Image 22 - Kitchen floor with blue insert.
Choose a tablet color that is harmonious in composition with furniture, planned cabinets and wall coverings.
Picture 23 - Floor and wall with black inserts
This kitchen has a yellow color on the cabinet doors, the cooktop and the countertop wall. To balance the composition of walls and other white furniture, this project chose the black tablets on the floor, as well as on one of its walls.
Marble is one of the most expensive floors on the market due to its high strength and durability. Because its origin is natural stone, the quality of the material is high. However, its use requires great care, from installation to day-to-day cleaning. It is always recommended to hire labor to install the marble.
In the kitchen it adds a charm and leaves the space very modern. The marble has different colors and finishes and for those who do not want to miss the choice, the ideal is to use the lighter shades of the material.
Picture 24 - White marble floor.
Image 25 - Marble floor with light shades.
Image 26 - White marble floor with black and white furniture.
Image 27 - Marble floor with soft gray stains.
The floor with vinyl floor is very used for those who want a quick and cheap change in the environment, as it is practical and easy to install. The visual effect is similar to wood, ideal for those who want to spend little on retirement and still have a fantastic result in the decoration.
Besides providing comfort to the touch, it is produced with PVC, guaranteeing a high resistance and with easy cleaning in the day to day.
Image 28 - Vinyl floor in dark tone.
The vinyl floor can be applied on another floor of porcelain, ceramic or even, on the sub floor of an apartment. One of its advantages is that it can be changed easily, especially if it is installed after planned furniture such as cabinets and central islands.
Picture 29 - Vinyl floor in light tone.
The vinyl floor is marketed with several shades that mimic the wood. It is a versatile material with standardized production.
Picture 30 - Vinyl floor for a small kitchen project.
Picture 31 - Vinyl floor for kitchens with white furniture.
Vinyl flooring can be an affordable alternative for anyone who wants the flooring or cover an existing material. In this proposal, it follows with a light wood tone for a clean kitchen design.
The epoxy floor is made from resin and is a great floor for kitchen as it is extremely easy to clean, does not stick to fat, does not crack and is very rare to appear stains. Being a monolithic floor (without joints) can be applied in various colors and designs giving a special and bold effect to the kitchen.
Image 32 - Yellow epoxy floor for kitchen.
In this proposal, the epoxy floor gives shine and brings color to the kitchen composition. In the yellow color, it contrasts with the white composition of the planned cabinets, the wall and the ceiling.
Picture 33 - Epoxy floor for kitchen in apartment of type loft.
In addition to kitchen floors, epoxy is widely used in commercial projects, garages, sheds and other environments due to its high strength and durability. It can be a lasting choice for a kitchen design.
Image 34 - White epoxy floor.
The epoxy floor can be applied with varied colors and designs, including 3D models. Here, the floor follows the color of the central island and in contrast to the walls that received a dark painting.
Image 35 - White epoxy floor for wide kitchen.
The Portuguese stone is a great material to cover floors for those who like a different kitchen and urban style. Although it is a waterproof floor, the disadvantage is difficulty of cleaning. But it surpasses all other floors in question of style and personality.
Image 36 - Kitchen floor with white Portuguese stone.
The Portuguese stone originates from the sidewalks of Portugal and is widely used in outdoor areas such as garages, driveways and other places. Even so, the stone can be applied to the kitchen floor, creating a unique and personalized effect.
Image 37 - Portuguese stone floor with reddish tones.
The porcelanato is a great coating for kitchen, because it has a modern style and it counts on varied models. It is sold on boards and you can also find them with different colors and textures. The most sought after are those with textures that mimic materials such as wood, burnt cement and different stones.
The most suitable type of porcelain tile to use in the kitchen is enameled, or satin and natural . These models are easier to clean, resistant to water, greasy, and can last for many years if they are well maintained.
Image 38 - Porcelain floor with burnt cement effect.
Like porcelain, the porcelain tile also has similar finishes to the burnt cement floor, ideal for anyone who wants to have this effect without having all the work and necessary care that the burned cement requires.
Image 39 - Porcelain floor with wood effect.
This solution is perfect for those who like the finish with wood tones but do not want to have the same care that this floor requires. Increasingly, the woody porcelain tiles have been assimilated to the original material, with faithful details like shafts and wood knots. They can be wet and washed without damage.
Image 40 - Porcelain tile floor for the kitchen.
The porcelanatos can be polished, receiving a finish of polishing, besides a protective layer, giving the finish smooth and with brightness. The downside is that in wet areas, it can be more slippery.
Image 41 - Porcelain satin floor.
The satin porcelain tile is a less slippery option and very resistant against wear, stains and scratches, ideal for use in kitchens. With more porous finish, it has a more frosted appearance than other models.
Image 42 - Porcelain tile floor with large plates.
The choice of the size of the porcelain floor tiles should follow according to the area of the environment, as well as the necessary cutouts at the end. In small environments, the choice of large parts is not recommended due to the various cutouts needed to fit the floor.
Picture 43 - Porcelain floor with natural effect.
The natural effect of this floor is in harmony with the composition of kitchen materials that focuses on the gray colors and features stainless steel materials. Here, the purple color is the highlight of the kitchen to contrast with the neutral colors.
The granite floor is a great option for those who want a kitchen with much refinement. Despite being a more expensive material, they are resistant against infiltration, blemishes and bumps. You can find the granite floor in various colors and each one has a unique and exclusive pattern.
In kitchens, an important step in the installation of granite is waterproofing, preventing moisture from damaging the natural effect of the piece.
Picture 44 - Granite floor in beige color
Because it is made with natural stones, granite has unique designs for each piece. The market offers several types of granite with the most varied colors, adapting to almost any decoration proposal.
Picture 45 - Floor with black granite.
In addition to the neutral and light colors, the granite has more striking colors such as green and absolute black: this stone can be used for both the kitchen countertops and the floor.
15 Important Tips for Choosing the Right Floor for the Kitchen
Any home environment needs personality in the decoration to emphasize the style of the residents. The details is an essential item in a kitchen, since it needs functionality, practicality and harmony. Here are some interesting tips that make the difference in choosing the floor for the kitchen:
Tip 1: Define Your Decorating Style
Decorating style is one of the first elements that must be set to decorate an environment. With a kitchen, it is no different: choose the appropriate floor to propose colors and materials. Your kitchen can have a clean, minimalist, contemporary, modern, traditional style and have a sleek, fun, irreverent look and other attributes. If it is integrated into a living room or dining room, the choice of flooring can also interfere with the decoration of other spaces.
Tip 2: See the need for home space
It is important to think of the space as a whole, to know what the needs of each corner of the house. As this apartment has the concept open, the idea was to opt for a neutral floor that accompanies all the decoration of the social areas. If you just want to remodel your kitchen, think of a floor that fits in with the space you already have, separating the rooms with the division of different materials on the floor.
Tip 3: Colorful floors can match any decorative item of the environment
The colored floor asks for some decorative item of the same color in the environment. In the above design, the chairs received the same shade of the tile pattern. You can vary this idea with a colorful household appliance, a vase of prominence, a thematic frame, a sticker of refrigerator, stands and other items.
Tip 4: Can wood flooring in the kitchen?
Yes you can! However, wood requires extra care. When choosing the material, choose the tones with medium or dark tones: they stain less and do not appear both the marks of use, as well as any dirt. Resin finishing is also essential for the preservation of the natural look of the wood.
Tip 5: Attention to the porcelain finishes
As the kitchen is a wet area, the ideal porcelain tile is one that is not slippery. Some models have anti-slip properties, ensuring the safety of users at this location. When choosing porcelain tile, prefer a medium or high abrasion resistance (PEI) floor, usually above 3 or 4, avoiding wear in this area that has continuous use. The model of satin porcelain tile is one that has a matte appearance and unlike the polished ones, it is less slippery.
Tip 6: Ideal floor for integrated kitchen
For integrated environments and small apartments, it is ideal that the same floor be applied in all these environments. In this way the feeling of amplitude and continuity is created without much effort. Choose for a neutral, nice model that does not weigh in the visual composition.
Tip 7: Monolithic floors offer greater amplitude in the environment
Monolithic models such as epoxy do not have a grout, that is, they form a single plane on the floor. They are great to offer the sense of breadth and continuity to the small kitchens and integrated the living or dining rooms.
Tip 8: Play with color contrast
The floors with geometric shapes are a trend in decoration. The colorful versions are perfect to bring more life to the kitchen, even the monochrome versions, adapt to almost any environment. With varied shapes, this can be a differentiated floor for the kitchen.
Tip 9: Clean decor without light floor
As the kitchen already has walls and white joinery, the option for the floor is completely inverse. The coatings market offers a variety of floors with different colors and prints that harmonize well in the kitchens. So the secret is to abuse a neutral base so that the tone of the floor stands out through its colorful finish.
Tip 10: Delimit the Kitchen Space with Floor Differentiation
This is a great idea for those who want to share the kitchen space and the room with a harmonious integration. The combination of neutral colors results in a modern, functional and practical environment. This change of floor also offers practicality for this wet area, unlike wood that requires greater care.
Tip 11: Choose the floor with high resistance and easy cleaning
The kitchen is an environment exposed to dirt with the daily use of food and products. Therefore, the kitchen floor needs a high resistance with water, grease and the basic materials for cleaning. Choose models with medium or high abrasion resistance.
Tip 12: Make the tone on tone in the environment
Tone on tone is a feature that can be used in a variety of environments, including a kitchen. In this project above, the scale of grays predominates the choice of materials, as well as the finishes.
Tip 13: Neutral Floor x Colorful Carpentry
A very common doubt is in relation to the composition of the floor with a colorful joinery in the kitchen. The best option is always a floor with the neutral color, after all, the excess of colors can counter with the different colored details that the kitchen already has. In the above design, cabinets with blue paint are the highlight of the environment.
Tip 14: The ideal combination for an elegant kitchen
The choice of a floor with darker shades counts with some advantages, besides being an option that leaves the environment more elegant. Since the kitchen is in direct contact with food, beverages and fats, it is common for the floor to accumulate dirt more frequently. Choosing a dark floor helps to disguise it a bit and can be an advantage in certain designs. The choice of a stronger hue requires other care in decoration, especially in harmony with other elements such as furniture, countertops, paintings and coatings.
Tip 15: Woody tones warm up the environment even more
This proposal of kitchen has a woodwork in vibrant colors: here the idea is to follow a bold style, maintaining the neutrality and harmony of the colors with a porcelain tile floor that imitates the wood. This leaves the environment more cozy, referring to the domestic intimacy that the colors of the wood provide.
Now that you are already inside the main types of floors to apply in the kitchen decoration, how about you start your project? We hope this contribution will help you in choosing your next work or renovation. With so many materials available, it is easy to fit any modern solution and proposal. Anyway, get out of the ordinary and create a perfect composition for your new home!