A kitchen floor serves an important functional and decorative purpose. The right flooring material can bring together and enhance the most beautiful elements in your kitchen.
Whether you have a lot of spills from cooking, pets scratching the floor, or heavy foot traffic from kids and guests, there are many high-quality options that can match your needs, aesthetic taste and budget.
Material and installation prices vary greatly, but the majority of homeowners spend about $8-16 per sq.ft. installed on a new kitchen floor.
Here is an expert guide to the top 6 kitchen flooring trends. Not only are they popular today, any one of these floors will remain in style for many years to come.
1. Timeless Classic – Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring can add a sense of class to any style kitchen. This is an ideal material if you are planning to live in your house for a long time. Even if you decide to renovate your cabinets, countertops, or anything else, hardwoods will still make a great match.
It is also a highly durable and practical choice for busy kitchens that see a lot of action. Hardwoods are easy to clean and will continue to look beautiful even with heavy usage. Just make sure to get a high-quality polyurethane coating on your new floor, for long-lasting protection. Solid hardwoods can last well over thirty years, and add great value to your home. Prospective buyers typically prefer hardwoods, so they are a smart investment.
Maple flooring is the most popular and affordable option, costing an average of $5-8.5 / sq.ft., while oak and cherry woods are more pricey, ranging from $6-12/sq.ft. Exotic woods can put a dent in your budget, costing anywhere from $9-20/sq.ft. depending on the species. If you are interested in calculating the costs of your entire flooring project, check out this hardwood flooring cost calculator.
While many people associate hardwoods with traditional kitchen styles, this floor can fit right into a more modern aesthetic. In fact, hardwood floors installed in modern kitchens can add a unique sense of warmth, often missing in contemporary decor.
2. High-End – Natural Stone Flooring
The most basic stone tile starts at about $5-7/sq.ft. and can go up to as much as $30/sq.ft. depending on its quality, source, color, and size. Total cost installed ranges from $14-40/sq.ft. depending on the complexity of labor, any special patterns, number of corners in the room, etc.
3. Luxury Looks For Less – Porcelain Tile
Faux wood porcelain tile is most popular. This is because many people want to combine the practical benefits of tile with the visual appeal of wood. As a result, there are many brands to choose from, at prices as low as $2/sq.ft.
4. Rustic Charm – Terracotta Tile
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Keep in mind that its very important to properly seal terracotta tile, especially if you want to use it in the kitchen. Otherwise, it will be susceptible to moisture, staining, and will simply not last.
Average quality tile costs around $3-6/sq.ft, while better products can cost at least double the price. It is possible to purchase high-end terracotta tile that is hand-made. The total cost that includes installation ranges from $7-15/sq.ft. or more.
5. Modern and Trendy – High Gloss Tile
This is a budget-friendly flooring option, and prices range from $5-10/sq.ft. installed.