December 9, 2021 | Updated: July 4, 2022
If we were to list the three most important elements of kitchen design, they would be the cabinets, the worktop and the flooring. These three features determine the overall kitchen décor, so they must be considered together. This is especially true for white kitchens, as they require careful attention to detail to avoid looking cold or sterile.
Flooring is one of the best ways to complement white kitchen cabinets because it balances reflective and absorbent surfaces. After explaining the pros and cons of a white kitchen, now we explore what colour floor tiles should be for a white kitchen.
The best flooring for kitchens depends on many factors, which we will examine below. Nonetheless, opting for resistant kitchen flooring is a given. In terms of total square meters (or feet), kitchen flooring is the largest area to finish. And as such, a kitchen floor has to meet many requirements placed on it. Since the kitchen is essentially a workplace, health and safety criteria apply. It is also a room where we entertain and receive guests, especially in an open floor plan.
The key practical considerations for the kitchen floor include:
For the purists among you, a white kitchen calls for a white kitchen floor. This is a delicate design trick to pull off, but it rewards the effort with an integrated result. Because of the sheer number of shades of white, combining complementary but noticeably differentiated tones is highly recommended. Another simple hack to make white flooring work is to choose dark grouting that adds to the modular nature of the floor tiles. And it looks really stylish.
The classic black and white tandem checkerboard floor tile pattern can now be recreated in a much more contemporary style. Just turn the angle to 45° to create a sense of movement in the room, which will look elegant against the white cabinets. For a modern and fresher take on classic flooring, play around with the size of the tiles, i.e. either oversized or smaller checkered tiles. Change the squares for octagon shapes tiles and add grey as the variant colour; the effect is cutting-edge contemporary.
One of the most versatile colour pairings for kitchens is white and natural wood or wood effect. Even so, there are multiple options with the colour of the wood, from light pine to dark hardwoods. This elegant combination lends itself to Scandi, minimalist, rustic or contemporary-style kitchen cabinets. The timber grain provides the ideal foil to a sleek white cabinet, gloss or matt. Wood effect tiles, laminate flooring orvinyl tiles win out over natural wood around the working area of the kitchen cabinets thanks to their indestructibility. Resistant to wear and tear, slip-proof, waterproof and gorgeous looks are combined with these alternatives to natural wood.
When it comes to flooring in the kitchen, black and dark greys, such as anthracite, are very forgiving in terms of care and maintenance. The classic combination of black and white is eternally on-trend because these two colours belong together. With dark floor tiles, the flooring becomes a neutral pedestal or blank canvas allowing the cabinets to become more of a focus.
One of the best colour combinations for a white kitchen is grey because it is chromatically related to white. Without slipping into black, there are many shades and colour intensities within grey to satisfy any taste. The shade choice depends on the available natural light and individual taste.
The choice of colour may be a function of the flooring material. This depends on the decorative effect we want to achieve; Below is an overview of popular tiles that go well with white kitchens.
For a more industrial-look kitchen, the concrete effect tile in porcelain offers an authentic look and texture. Large-format tiles with minimal joints will help create a continuous flooring look. Against a gloss white cabinet door, the effect is elegant yet very hard-wearing.
A classic décor choice, grey marble looks very elegant against white. The veining pattern is the ideal foil to the even white cabinets, adding texture and visual interest.
Against the block-white cabinets, a pattern floor tile can become more of a feature in the kitchen. Try to keep a busy geometric pattern within a more controlled colour palette. A single or perhaps two colour scheme will work best.
The texture and look of stone against white highlights the specific qualities of the stone. Much depends on the finish treatment, honed, polished, flamed, hammered, etc. A slate floor with light grey joints, for example, can look even better against white cabinets. A lighter stone like limestone or travertine, on the other hand, will draw the eye to the texture of the stone. Another option is stone effect tiles, which save you all the maintenance and still achieve the same result.
With white tiles, more regular cleaning is required. The important thing is to pay attention to the grout between the tiles. Otherwise, efforts will be in vain.
There is no denying the versatility and beauty of timber and white together. Nowadays, the maintenance problem associated with wood is solved by using alternative surfaces such as porcelain, laminate or vinyl. The sheer number of options of natural wood tones makes it a very versatile choice in terms of the colour palette. But more importantly, the grain and texture provide the ideal foil to accentuate the white cabinets and vice versa.
Darker colours are undoubtedly more practical simply because they conceal lots of sins. Black, dark grey, brown and beige help camouflage the dirt. However, paradoxically darker colour shows up scratches and dames to the flooring. Therefore mid-range greys and warm timber colours tend to work best. These colours help mask wear and tear and do not draw too much attention to spills or other temporary stains.