18 March 2021
What’s the best flooring for kitchens? Here we present some of the best options, including ceramic and porcelain tiles as well as vinyl and laminate flooring, and give practical advice you should follow.
When it comes to interior design, flooring should never be an after-thought; it is an integral part of the design. As important if not more so than the wall finishes, furniture, lighting, etc. This is also true for kitchens, if not even more so, the best flooring options for kitchens should be practical, attractive and easily maintained.
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Although perhaps not the first choice we make when planning our dream kitchen or refurbishing an existing one the choice of kitchen floor tiles is nonetheless critical. Somewhat like the base canvas upon which a work of art is constructed, kitchen flooring helps define, configure and lend character to space.
The functionality of a kitchen can be affected by the quality, the finish and the resistance of the chosen material. Thanks to advances in material technology the best and most appropriate flooring might not be immediately obvious. So it’s worthwhile dedicating some time to research the myriad options that are out there.
Here below we look at some of the best flooring options, including kitchen flooring ideas as well as practical considerations to keep in mind when choosing materials and finishes.
Kitchen flooring should be tough, hard-wearing, attractive and ideally help brighten the space. Because there are quite specific considerations, the best flooring for kitchens will have to be resistant to moisture, humidity and the extra wear and tear that comes from heavy traffic that kitchen flooring must withstand.
Unlike other floorings, the kitchen floor is going to be washed much more regularly so porosity and hygiene are important considerations. In terms of layout and design kitchen flooring can combine different finishes defining different zones within the same space. This is especially relevant for large open plan, kitchen dining spaces.
Continuous flooring, boards or tiles are another consideration that will result in very different finishes. And whatever the chosen material it’s worthwhile integrating the skirting board from the outset, rather than it being an afterthought. The skirting board provides protection for walls and is an attractive detail in its own right.
The best flooring for kitchens will have to be resistant to moisture, humidity and the extra wear and tear that comes from heavy traffic that kitchen flooring must withstand.
Taking practicality, longevity, maintenance and looks into account we have put together the top four options when it comes to kitchen flooring.
Not necessarily in order but each of the following suggestions is guaranteed to fit with your decorating budget and the specific needs of your kitchen. No two kitchens are exactly the same so the flooring is a great place to start with providing yours with character, functionality and beauty.
There’s a reason why ceramic flooring in the kitchen remains the most popular choice for UK kitchens. With its low porosity, easy maintenance and a myriad of design possibilities ceramic kitchen flooring is a tried and tested option.
Ceramic tiles are as practical and attractive now as they were thousands of years ago when first used for flooring. With recent developments in manufacturing natural stone and timber like finishes can be recreated.
These have the advantage of looking exactly like the organic equivalent but with easier maintenance and cleaning. In addition to providing a non-slip surface that helps avoid accidents in the kitchen.
The manufacture of porcelain tiles is similar to ceramic tiles but with more finely ground sand and feldspar added. This produces a tougher, denser and less moisture absorbent.
With advances in digital printing new formats that recreate natural finishes such as marble and slate are indistinguishable from the real thing. Contemporary effects like polished concrete are indistinguishable from the real thing. Except that the porcelain tiles are much easier to keep clean, will not stain and are resistant to breaking if installed properly.
Any prejudices you may have about vinyl flooring in kitchens should be immediately banished from your mind. A new generation of vinyl flooring options not only look stylish, are long-lasting and easily maintained, but are also of superior quality. Not to mention the range of textures and finishes.
Vinyl is also provided with an under-layer for extra comfort underfoot. Vinyl flooring options include sheet, tile and plank options. Hyper-realistic timber effect vinyl flooring will provide the look of wood without the hassle. Vinyl is almost indestructible, provides grip and is moisture resistant all of which makes it a great choice for kitchens.
The choice of laminate flooring is also highly appropriate for the kitchen environment. Laminate floors are a hybrid combination of several materials; particle board, with a timber base, covered with a layer that represents timber (or other material) and protected with a transparent laminate layer.
Normally laid in planks that click together the laminated floor through its manufacture is extremely resistant to moisture, wear and tear, stains and heavy traffic making it ideal for kitchen areas.
If decorating budgets were not a concern then porcelain tiles are the best bet. Not just for the reasons outlined above, good looks, durability, low porosity, but also for the technical prowess of modern porcelain: large format tiles, and the naturalistic look of concrete, marble and other natural stone effects.
It is best to avoid natural timber flooring in the wet areas of the kitchen because timber is prone to moisture absorption. However for a larger kitchen-dining space natural timber might be an option for defining a dining area, a n island within another more appropriate material.
Ceramic tiles are an excellent option and are available in a range of formats. As a general rule the larger the kitchen the larger the tile can be, and vice versa. A medium or small tile can in fact help increase the sensation of space in the smaller kitchen.
The choice of tile should be based on the specific conditions of the individual kitchen. For intensively used kitchens with heavier traffic, requiring more regular cleaning, porcelain is the best option, followed by ceramic. On the other hand for a budget refurbishment or for kitchens less frequently used vinyl tiles offer a great alternative.