Updated for 2021
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 kitchen vinyl flooring 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.
Check out our Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas for 2018
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!
As the the diynetwork point out tile for use in the kitchen can range in price from $2 to $100 per square foot. So 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 seven 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.
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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. Santa Monica
Smart gray slate works perfectly with warm brown wood and sleek contemporary fittings. Source
2. North Beach
White marble tiles add to the light and airy feel in this compact kitchen.
3. Cedar Lake House
This rugged stone floor is a great compliment to the stainless steel kitchen. Source
4. Glen Kernan Residence
The soft sepia tones of this travertine tile add warmth to this kitchen design.
Stunning kund multicolor slate makes a strong statement in this contemporary kitchen.
6. Christmas Lake
The brown tones in this limestone travertine tile are the perfect compliment to the solid wood furniture.
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.
Beautiful square and lozenge shape terracotta tiles make a classic backdrop in this Spanish colonial revival home. Source
8. English Country Kitchen
Traditional square terracotta flagstones work perfectly with this modern farmhouse kitchen.
9. Spanish Colonial
Hexagonal terracotta tiles add to the rustic-chic of this beautiful kitchen. Source
Arabesque terracotta tiles paired with basket weave set wall tiles hint at rustic charm in this modern kitchen.
11. San Clemente
Reclaimed terracotta brick tiles give this contemporary farmhouse kitchen a timeless elegance.
12. Willow Glen
Terracotta flagstones interspersed with encaustic accent tiles to great effect.
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!
Dark gray, extra large matt tiles are used both indoors and outdoors in this home to create seamless flowing spaces. Source
14. Mid-Century Modern
Mirror-like high gloss black tiles add extra glamor to this gorgeous kitchen. Source
The matt brown tiles soften the contemporary gloss and glass finishes in this modern kitchen. Source
16. The Summit
These very on-trend gray porcelain tiles are ideal for a contemporary open-plan space. Source
A perfect study of calm monochrome design is completed with these glossy off-white tiles.
18. Atelier FB
These glossy electric blue tiles are beautifully dramatic against the utilitarian kitchen fittings. Source
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.
19. Los Feliz
Encaustic tile is the perfect choice for this outside kitchen and patio, that is connected to the inside kitchen with the same flooring.
If an overall encaustic tile is too overwhelming, you can instead pair them with plain tiles to create an eye-catching tile rug pattern like this one. Source
With its colorful encaustic tiles and mis-matched furniture, this kitchen epitomizes eclectic-chic.
22. White Brick Mediterranean
These chain pattern encaustic tiles add interest to this more classic farmhouse style kitchen.
23. Santa Caterina
The 3D box patterned encaustic tiles used here are a design classic, and really bring this kitchen together.
24. Painted Kitchen
If you can’t make up your mind which encaustic pattern you like, why not go for a patchwork? Source
For added impact, use the same encaustic tile on the walls too!
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!
Classic checkerboard tile is a great option for an eclectic retro look too. Source
Classic checkerboard marble tiles are beautifully updated in the glamorous kitchen. Source
Offset black and white tiles keep this monochrome scheme from being too busy.
29. Traditional Kitchen
Small checkerboard tiles are a good choice in a traditional kitchen design.
30. Apartment Bud
Checkerboard tiles in the kitchen area are a nice touch in this contemporary open-plan space.
31. East Side Art Collectors
Mixing black and white tiles with gray ones keeps this beautiful kitchen light and airy.
Wood Look Tile Ideas
If you really like the practicalities of tiled flooring, but really love the aesthetic of a hardwood floor, then wood look ceramic tile or wood look LVT 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!
The wide planks and grayish tones in this wood look tile works perfectly with the modernist furniture and fittings.
33. Galley Twist
A traditional looking wood look tile is both practical and pretty in this galley kitchen.
34. San Francisco Remodel
Extra-thin wood-look tiles with gray paint effect in herringbone parquet formation – perfection! Source
35. Olde Barn Wood
These distressed multi-toned wood look tiles make a gorgeous background in an otherwise minimalist space.
36. Horizon Tile Taiga
Gray distressed wood look tiles are very on-trend in this impressive loft space.
Cement Look Tiles
Finally, if you prefer the urban industrialist aesthetic of poured cement, but don’t have the budget for the full remodel or specialist installer required for the job, then the answer is cement look tiles.
Combining the clean, no nonsense look of poured cement with the easier installation method of regular floor tiles, porcelain tiles that have been made to look like cement pavers will give you that smart finish, especially if you are careful to choose a slim grout spacer and matching toned color for the grout.
You can get cement look tiles that are sleek and uniform or more rough and ready in design. Whichever type you choose, the beauty of the cement look tile is that it provides a neutral backdrop that will go with any combination of furnishings and cabinet styles, from mid-century modern to industrial loft.
37. Madison Park
Neutral light gray cement look tiles are the perfect base for the warm tones of this mid-century modern inspired home. Source
38. Doran Road
The steel appliances in this slick, sleek and ultra minimalist kitchen are well balanced by the mid-tone gray polished cement tiles. Source
39. Walford Road
The narrow gray cement pavers in this kitchen give a contemporary twist to this farmhouse-style kitchen. Source
40. Heaton Road
Well-balanced transitional décor with pops of warm color are a good match for plain, no-fuss cement tiles. Source
41. Castle Hill
Cement tiles with a rougher, more distressed aesthetic give an added layer of texture in this industrial inspired kitchen. Source
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
About the Author:
Greca is the lead style writer at Home Flooring Pros, with a BA in Technical Art, she’s focused on flooring trends, flooring ideas, and flooring brand reviews.
“There’s nothing more satisfying than creating a home that you love. The hardest thing about this job is trying not to covet all the great floors I get to review; if I could remodel my home every month, I would!”