Choosing a certain type of floor tile for your kitchen can be quite a demanding task, especially if you’re not very sure what exactly would suit your room and what would make it look modern and stylish.
For the same reason, it’s also quite hard to find some good, affordable kitchen floor tile ideas when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
For those of you who are in this situation, there is no reason to worry, because choosing the ideal floor tile is quite easy if you pay attention to a few small things.
That’s why I’ve written this post, to help you understand what kind of floor tile you need and what you should choose, so that the result is the kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.
So let’s start with a few basic thing and let’s see which are the most important things you have to know before choosing a floor tile for your kitchen.
Kitchen floor tile tips
- Decide on the right color
It’s really important that the tiles you select blend with the wall color and furniture, so make sure you choose a color that is somehow related to the ones you already have.
For example, if you have a light kitchen, you can choose any solid color that is related or contrasting with your decor. White, brown, black, grey or even beige would be a great option, but a carmine floor tile wouldn’t have anything to do with your kitchen.
- Think about how durable have to be the tiles
It’s true that most kitchens are some very used rooms, but there can be exceptions, so before you make any purchase, decide if you need long-lasting tiles or not. If you have a big family and your kitchen is always full of people, you will definitely need some tiles that are durable and resistant, else you’ll get them broken after very little time.
However, most floor tiles promise to last for a pretty long period, so there is no reason to worry about.
- Choose a non-slippery tile
Remember we’re talking about the kitchen, so this is not quite the room you’d rarely visit. On the contrary, the kitchen is usually one of the busiest rooms in a house, so it’s important to have a matte, unpolished surface, that would allow you to walk around without any fear of slipping.
- Make sure you buy “floor tile” not just “tile”
I know it may sound silly, but I’ve seen cases when people fell in love with a certain type of tile and they bought it immediately, without checking what exactly it’s designed for.
The result? Some weren’t even able to apply it and the ones who did made a really bad investment, as it broke in a few weeks.
This is why, you have to be sure you buy tiles that are designed for flooring, not for something else, like backsplash or bathroom walls.
Types of kitchen floor tiles
1. Ceramic tiles
Are one of the most popular types, thanks to their diversity and small price. There are thousands of styles of ceramic tiles, so finding one suitable for your kitchen won’t be a problem.
However, ceramic tiles have a lot of downsides for high-traffic kitchens, as they are quite slippery and break easily, so durability isn’t something they are famous for.
Even so, they remain quite popular when it comes to kitchen, so if you’re not looking for some long-lasting floor tiles, I really advise you to go for ceramic, it also looks really beautiful and stylish.
2. Travertine tiles
Belong to the “elegant tiles” category and in my opinion, they’re one of the most glamorous types of tiles.
As a fabric, travertine is matte, which means that it won’t be hard to replace in case any piece gets broken.
Unfortunately, travertine tends to be pretty expensive, and it’s also quite hard to maintain, so it’s not the best choice if you have children or pets.
3. Porcelain tiles
Have many advantages common to ceramic ones, like the wide range of options or the great aspect.
Besides, porcelain isn’t very sensitive, so breaking it shouldn’t be something to worry about.
However, porcelain tiles have a much higher cost, so if you want this type of material for your kitchen flooring, you’ll have to pay a bit more. But I say it’s worth it. 🙂
4. Stone tiles
Include slate and granite, as these are the stone tiles with the most common characteristics.
Stone is definitely a great option for any kitchen, as it’s highly resistant and easy to clean up. The price is also pretty good, even for a lower budget.
The biggest downside is that stone may feel pretty cold, especially if you live in a colder climate, where fire is always a necessity. Anyway, in a warmer climate it would be a perfect option as a kitchen floor tile.
5. Glass tiles
Are perfect for a luxurious kitchen, as they would make it look even more elegant and glamorous.
However, you have to keep in mind that you’ll have to take good care of it, as glass breaks very easy and it’s also quite slippery.
But everything is possible in these days, so there are many types of modified glass tiles, that are much more resistant and less slippery. Obviously, they cost a lot, so if you want a type of luxurious floor tiles, you’ll have to pay a pretty large amount of money.
6. Marble tiles
Would normally belong to the “stone tiles” category, but they’re quite different of slate and granite, not when it comes to durability or maintenance, but to price.
Marble is pretty expensive, but it also looks better than normal stone, so there’s nothing to say about it.
A big disadvantage is that marble tends to absorb water, so it’s not the best option for a busy kitchen. Also, if you don’t take good care of it, you may notice that it can get scratched. Although breaking won’t be a problem, a scratched tile wouldn’t be the most pleasing thing for your kitchen.
Kitchen floor tile ideas with pictures
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you probably know that I don’t believe theory is possible without practice, so there’s no point explaining you abstract theories without giving you any real example.
So, I will give you 5 kitchen floor tile ideas, but I will do it with pictures, as usual, because I believe images are the best way to understand and practice something you’ve learned. Without any other words, let’s see the examples.
I began the pictures series with this gorgeous, dark porcelain tiles, that add more elegance to this already glamorous kitchen. The color is a perfect match with the furniture’s bold color, and the atmosphere they manage to create together is fabulous.
Just like you see in this picture, if you want an elegant floor tile, porcelain is a great option, especially if your kitchen isn’t a very busy place. If it is, taking extra care of it would solve the problem, so there are many solutions if you really want a porcelain tile in your kitchen.
This kitchen may have a unique design, but when it comes to floor, it remains conservatory and goes for simple, ceramic tiles, that have a darker color than the other pieces. This contrast gives the room a feeling of calm and tranquility, and the ceramic tiles are also responsible for it.
I suppose the owner wanted easy maintenance and style, else I don’t know why he chose ceramic as a tile material. In my opinion, porcelain would have been much better, as it would have kept the kitchen sophisticated and luxurious.
Don’t misunderstand me, the ceramic tiles go very well too, the color is perfect and the style matches very well the elements, but porcelain would have been my personal option.
A marble floor tile would definitely improve any kitchen aspect, isn’t it so? This picture is the best example. If you imagine the floor as covered by stone tiles, how does the room seem? Does it remain so luxurious? I bet your answer is no.
It’s true that marble is difficult to take care of and prone to scratching, but the final result is totally worth it, you can convince by yourself just by looking at this picture. It makes this kitchen completely different, thanks to its great polish and elegance.
This glamorous room wouldn’t be the same without the light travertine tiles, that are a great selection in this case. For a kitchen that has a medium brown furniture, the best option for the flooring would be a light brown. The two colors blend extremely well together, and when the fabric is travertine, the result can’t be anything but good.
The matte surface makes it a great material for a kitchen, especially if there kids or if there is a lot of action in your kitchen. In this way, you’ll avoid slippery and any other similar issues. So, don’t forget that the glamorous travertine is worth all the money.
This picture is the best example that stone floor tiles go just well for a modern kitchen. I say this because I know many people who believe that stone is good for Rustic houses, and nothing else. As you can see, this is totally wrong.
On the contrary, it seems to me that the grey stone is the perfect combination for the blue-black decor. Something lighter would look too unsuitable, while something darker would be too much. So, a grey stone tile is just the right choice.
Before you choose a floor tile for your kitchen, make sure you follow the small tips I gave you, that can make a huge difference between having a great kitchen and a decent one.
Once you do this, it’s time you decide on what fabric you want for your tiles. Ceramic and porcelain are the most popular ones, but they have their pros and cons, so check out the other options you have, as you never know what you can find.
In case you need some inspiration, you can take a look at my pictures of kitchen floor tile ideas, maybe you’ll get a clear idea about what would suit your kitchen.
Thank you for reading my post, and if there is something you want to know about this topic, please leave a comment below and I’ll be glad to help you. 😀
Which of these floor tile types would you choose for your kitchen?