Here at Home Flooring Pros we’re big fans of installing tile flooring in your kitchen. It’s true that hardwood flooring is also very popular as a high end option and you can’t beat vinyl if you’re on a budget but, if you can afford it, we still believe that searching for kitchen floor tile ideas is the way to go if you want a great looking, easy to maintain and highly durable flooring solution for your kitchen. Click here for other kitchen flooring options and ideas and you can also read our thoughts on the best kitchen flooring for you particular home.
But, if you haven’t considered kitchen floor tile before, a brief visit to any tiling retailer is likely to blow your mind: the choice is seriously unlimited! It definitely pays to get a clear idea of the kitchen floor tile style you like best before even starting. Mind you, even then, within each style there are tons of variations: for example even seemingly simple terracotta tile comes in many different tile designs, shapes, sizes and tones, each bringing a different feel to the space. So, how are you going to make up your mind?
Well, to help you on your way, we’ve collected some inspirational images covering six different kitchen tile floor ideas. Remember, you’ll be looking to find floor tiles that compliment the overall design scheme of your kitchen. But in today’s more eclectic design approach you needn’t be scared of mixing things up a bit because, as you will see below, different design ideas often work together to make your kitchen the truly personal heart of your home. You may also be interested in our 30 bathroom flooring ideas.
Classic Marble/ Travertine/ Slate Tile Ideas
Natural stone tiles for your kitchen floor is a very classic choice and give a real sense of grandeur and stature to your space. Choose from either light marble or travertine tiles, with their delicately veined detailing, or deeper warmer toned slate tiles that lend a slightly more rugged feel. Natural stones can work either with traditional farmhouse style kitchen designs or with sleek contemporary fixtures and fittings. You can also choose to have natural stones with a high gloss or matt finishes to further compliment your design, and there are some amazingly colorful slates that will give added interest to your flooring, much like a gorgeous area rug would.
1. North Beach
2. Cedar Lake House
3. Glen Kernan Residence
5. Christmas Lake
Rustic Farmhouse Brick/ Terracotta Tile Ideas
Another very strong and classic design idea for your kitchen is the modern rustic, farmhouse kitchen – think Shaker style painted cabinets, beautifully exposed beams, deep ceramic Belfast sinks and hearty range cookers. The whole rustic flooring look is very welcoming, comfortable, and feels like it could withstand the wear and tear of family life. This kind of look is perfectly complimented with a terracotta or brick floor tile. Because it is difficult to make perfectly identical terracotta tiles, the inherent variation in tone of the tiles add to the rustic charm and give added texture to your overall design. And as you can see, terracotta tiles come in all sorts of shapes including square, brick, hexagonal or arabesque to add a further dimension to this classic choice.
6. English Country Kitchen
7. Spanish Colonial
9. San Clemente
10. Willow Glen
Contemporary Block Color Tile Ideas
If you love the clean lines of contemporary furnishings, then you will want to consider choosing a simple solid block of color as your floor tile option for the kitchen. Without the variations in color and tone that you get in natural stones and terracottas, block color tile (either made of ceramic or granite/ cement mix) offers a clean background for your sleek modernist fixtures and fittings to shine. This look is most often completed with a high gloss finish on the tile which gives a very glamorous aesthetic, but using a floor tile with a matt finish can warm and soften what could otherwise could be a rather hard and cold design choice. And for maximum impact considering choosing less usual colors like high gloss black or electric blue!
11. Mid-Century Modern
13. The Summit
15. Atelier FB
Mediterranean Patterned Encaustic Cement Tile Ideas
If you’re looking to make a more quirky, artistic statement in your kitchen then perhaps you should look at the Mediterranean inspired encaustic floor tiles to guide your design style. Also known as cement tiles, encaustic tiles come in literally thousands of colorways and patterns, so you may have a tough decision to make! But once you do, you can be sure of a kitchen floor tile that will make a strong visual statement that then allows you to keep everything else simple. This style of floor tile is most typically paired with mix and match, eclectic furnishings for a thrown-together sort of a feel; but encaustic tiles can equally be the perfect backdrop for sleek stainless steel or more seamless classic fitted kitchen designs.
17. White Brick Mediterranean
18. Santa Caterina
19. Painted Kitchen
Black and White Checkerboard Tile Ideas
You might immediately conjure up images of retro 50s style diners when you think of black and white checkerboard floor tiles, but in fact there are lots of ways to adapt the checkerboard tile idea to a contemporary kitchen. Keeping the rest of your décor monochrome (or with hints of gray) is a dramatic way to update the checkerboard floor, as well as offsetting the tiles somewhat, so that you don’t actually have a full checkerboard but a less busy grid formation that is perhaps kinder to the eye. Using checkerboard tiles sparingly to define the kitchen space is another great way to bring this classic look into the 21st Century!
23. Traditional Kitchen
24. Apartment Bud
25. East Side Art Collectors
Wood Look Tile Ideas
Finally, if you really like the practicalities of tiled flooring, but really love the aesthetic of a hardwood floor, then wood look ceramic tile might just be the perfect kitchen floor tile idea for you! Today’s 3D printing technology means that these wood look tiles are more realistic than ever, complete with textured surfaces and even aesthetic finishes to make them look hand-scraped or distressed. And manufacturers have risen to the success of this product by making sure that you can get wood look tile to match the kinds of designs you can achieve with the real thing, including parquet, wide planks, weathered boards and painted floors. So, whether you’re going for an urban loft look or a traditional family kitchen, there’s a wood look tile that’s just right!
27. Galley Twist
28. San Francisco Remodel
29. Olde Barn Wood
30. Horizon Tile Taiga
So what did we miss? Do you have any kitchen floor tile ideas that we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from our readers and seeing what they have done with their floors. Got a particular project you’d like to share? We’d love to feature it, just contact us here – Contact Us