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Kitchen flooring ideas to complement your kitchen units

If you’re looking for new kitchen flooring ideas; you have come to the right place. Read on to discover new ways to improve the look and feel of your kitchen.

Good kitchen flooring can make a difference to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Not only does it have to be aesthetically pleasing, but it also needs to be functional and be able to withstand everyday use. 

The flooring you choose can affect the flow and movement in the rest of your home too. For instance, if you have large, open-plan areas, having the same flooring type across multiple spaces can create a seamless appearance. 

Once you’ve decided on your kitchen units, it can be much easier to match them to the right flooring. Not sure where to start? Read on for kitchen floor ideas to complement your new kitchen - and discover some stylish flooring and worktop combinations below.

Hoxton kitchen. Smooth slab doors in a painted effect finish. Minimalist styling with your choice of handles and three colours.

Types of kitchen flooring

It can be hard to know the best type of flooring to choose when there are so many different materials available. Here we explain the pros and cons of each to help you create the perfect finish for your kitchen design.

Stone flooring 

Stone floors are a known favourite for older properties, as they offer an original and natural charm, giving your home a unique finish. Your stone tiles may have organic markings that simply cannot be emulated by synthetic materials. 

Stone comes in a huge variety of sizes, colours and textures too, giving you incredible versatility in the design phase. With the right care, stone lasts a lifetime, but some varieties may be more delicate than others and will need regular sealing. 

In terms of costs, this very much depends on the type of stone you want. There are many affordable options out there, as well as some high-end options.

Wood flooring

Hardwood flooring costs a lot more than some other flooring options, but if you want to create a timeless look and lasting durability, wooden flooring is a worthwhile investment. While wood isn’t as water-resistant as tile, there’s minimal upkeep, making it suitable for busy families.

With so many wood finishes to choose from, you can match this type of flooring to any style of kitchen - including traditional kitchens, country-style kitchens, rustic kitchens, Scandinavian kitchens,

Marble flooring

As one of the most expensive kitchen flooring options, marble oozes luxury and sophistication. This is a flooring choice that will instantly elevate your room, adding value to your house and giving you a long-lasting design feature that will look great for many years to come.

This natural stone is utterly unique and can be an easy way to bounce light around your kitchen. The glassy effect is cooling, which is excellent for south-facing kitchens in the summer. However, marble can be fragile and will require routine maintenance to prevent staining.

Marble can also be slippery when wet, creating challenges in a family home with children or pets. 

Integra Nordic Nature. Modern kitchen concept with a sleek handless design and fluted oak effect wood doors

Tiled flooring

Generally speaking, porcelain or ceramic tile can be more affordable than some other types of stone or wood flooring options. It’s the perfect mid-range material and can be a fantastic choice when you’ve already allocated the majority of your budget to the parts that matter most - such as your kitchen units and worktops. 

Tiled floors are easy to keep clean, are suited to busy family life, and built to last for many years. While tile can get slippery when wet, its strength and natural moisture resistance make it the best choice for households with pets. 

Vinyl flooring

This is a budget option that can quickly transform your home without the same level of investment as other materials. Vinyl has come a long way too in recent years, with many varieties now designed to mimic natural stone or wood. 

Get the beauty of marble, the rustic charm of wood or the organic elegance of natural stone, but with the ease and affordability of vinyl. As a material, it handles moisture very well and is considered to be one of the better waterproof options. 

However, vinyl may not last as long as the likes of stone or wood, and can also be prone to scratching and damage. 

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Integra Nova by Magnet. Matt finished handless option with trim brushed in aluminum for a high end feel.

Styles of kitchen flooring

The style of your floor is just as important as the material you choose. If you need kitchen flooring ideas to inspire your kitchen makeover, here are some flooring looks to get the creativity flowing.

Geometric flooring 

Adding geometry to your kitchen design is a great way of promoting balance and harmony.  Predictable, repetitive shapes create a sense of order, which can be pleasing to the senses. With geometric flooring, you can be as bold or subtle as you like too. 

Black and white geos bring a show-stopping contrast to your kitchen, while subtle colours like greys, beige and cream keep things low-key, while still adding an element of interest to your space. 

If you’re worried that your kitchen design is looking a bit flat and one-dimensional, a patterned floor can really bring the design to life. 

Hoxton kitchen. Smooth slab doors in a painted effect finish. Minimalist styling with your choice of handles and three colours.
Integra Soho by Magnet. Ultra-contemporary design with sleek handless doors and available in 20 different colours.

Abstract flooring 

Going against the need for order, an abstract floor design allows for a little more flair and creativity. If you have a large kitchen and need to add an artistic element to give it that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’, abstract flooring could be a good investment. 

You could mix materials, merge multiple flooring types for the purpose of zoning in an open-plan area, create unique features with different coloured tiles, or design bold patterns that form a focal point in your home.

Dark vs. light flooring 

One of the easiest kitchen floor ideas to adopt is choosing between dark or light flooring. With light flooring, you can reflect light around the room and make it feel open and spacious. With dark flooring, you can close up larger gaps that seem stark or bare - and at the same time, dark wood, vinyl or tile can help you achieve that cosy and inviting look. 

If you want flooring and worktop combinations that work seamlessly, consider the light-dark balance. Perhaps you want your entire space to be light and airy, or maybe you want a contrast with dark floors and light kitchen units (or vice versa).

Winchester kitchen by Magnet. A wood grain effect affordable alternative to solid timber built from hardwearing MDF and available in 5 colours.

Kitchen flooring on a budget

Kitchen design is a huge investment. When it comes to managing budgets, we know that there are some things worth splurging on, and others that you may want to find lower-cost options for. 

For a lot of homeowners, the quality of their kitchen units and worktops can often be the main priority. So it’s not unusual to opt for premium materials in this department, with an aim of making significant savings elsewhere. 

With so many affordable and low to mid-range flooring options to choose from it’s possible to achieve the look you desire without breaking the bank. Here are some quick tips to help you save on flooring: 

  • Be flexible with materials and be open to cheaper flooring that mimics wood or marble (instead of buying the real thing)
  • Consider long-term costs (not just initial outlay) so think about durability and upkeep
  • Do the installation yourself and try to buy materials in bulk
  • Measure your floor carefully to make sure you order materials accurately
  • Think about your future plans (if you only plan to live in your home for a couple of years, it may not be worth investing in wood, stone or marble)
  • Shop online to find the best prices

Flooring and worktop combinations

One of the biggest considerations when designing your kitchen is how well your floor matches your kitchen worktops. While they don’t always have to match perfectly, it’s a good idea to allow any kitchen flooring ideas you have to be guided by your choice of kitchen work surface. 

The best flooring and worktop combinations complement each other, either by flowing seamlessly or creating a stylish contrast.

Dunham kitchen by Magnet. Smooth matt finish traditional or modern style available in over 20 colours.

Matching worktops and floors

With matching flooring and countertops, you can help to bring your design concept together. This is easy on the eye and generates a sense of harmony in your home. For instance, marble countertops can be complemented further with a marble floor, adding another layer of luxury and sophistication.

Or if you have wooden countertops, a wooden floor can continue the theme. To create the right pairing, try to opt for a finish that is slightly lighter or darker than the wood selected for your kitchen worktops. This will ensure a more natural aesthetic while also injecting depth and dimension into your concept. 

Contrasting worktops and floors

On the flip side, a design contrast gives your kitchen a point of difference and can add interest and intrigue to an otherwise one-dimensional narrative. In simple terms, contrasting colours or materials help to make your kitchen unique and personalised to you. 

For large kitchens where you’re worried about the space looking bare or unfinished, high-contrast kitchen flooring ideas could be the best way to elevate your kitchen design. 

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Luna Kitchen from Magnet. An affordable handless look with integrated J Pull doors for a stylish and modern look.

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