Your Guide to Kitchen Flooring

As the heart of the home and usually the most frequently used room, your kitchen is a special area cherished equally for function and coziness. An attractive kitchen is both inviting and perfect for creating memories such as cooking new recipes with loved ones or sharing a meaningful conversation over morning coffee. With so many standout kitchen floor ideas from which to choose, your preferred surface needs to anchor your design scheme while easily withstanding moisture, spills, stains, and scratches. Start brainstorming which stylish, easy-to-maintain option will uplift your culinary space, and make sure to review this quick guide to kitchen flooring:

Ceramic Tile

Whether you love classic black and white tile, decorative patterned tile, or an eye-catching shape and finish, ceramic tile can help you create a striking, one-of-a-kind kitchen. Versatile enough to be used for floors, countertops, and backsplashes, tile is waterproof and provides enough durability to last for decades and handle the activity of a busy household. Explore unique layouts and patterned installations, as well as color combinations that can help tie in other design elements such as your cabinets and countertops.  As long as you make sure to wipe up spilled food and drink as soon as it happens, you will find that your tile kitchen floors are exceptionally easy to keep shining!   

Luxury Vinyl

We absolutely love the combination of valuable performance attributes that makes luxury vinyl plank/tile (LVP/LVT) a perfect fit for a stunning kitchen. In addition to offering all the hottest wood and natural stone visuals at a fraction of the genuine materials, luxury vinyl is inherently waterproof, resilient enough to protect against dents, and tremendously easy to take care of. With a rigid top layer to offer realistic texture and enhanced durability, luxury vinyl options such as Oceanside Waterproof Flooring, carried exclusively at Flooring 101, are ideal for an active family. Thanks to luxury vinyl, there’s no need to sacrifice your favorite wood or stone visual to meet the performance needs of a kitchen. 

Laminate Flooring

Homeowners have always prized laminate flooring for its extremely impressive durability and realism, but many of today’s varieties provide adequate water resistance for your kitchen as well. Although laminate is not a completely waterproof material, products that are specified for enhanced water resistance and which include appropriate warranties will serve your kitchen with style and performance. If you desire the look of a rustic or modern wood kitchen floor, laminate will allow you to capture the fashion-forward look you love at a budget-friendly price point. Not only will your kitchen floor be easier to maintain than real hardwood, but it will also be quicker and easier to install.   

Engineered Hardwood

If you are looking to make a value-adding investment in your kitchen, a new engineered hardwood floor will improve your home’s bottom line. Whereas solid hardwood floors can warp or crack when exposed to prolonged moisture, engineered wood options can feature advanced technology that provides water resistance. The real hardwood veneer of your favorite species is supported by a waterproof composite core and able to handle the conditions a kitchen will experience. Ensure that your favorite engineered style is warranted for moisture and your kitchen can feature the unmistakable natural beauty of real hardwood! 

For even more inspired kitchen floor ideas, visit one of our 7 flooring showrooms in Goleta, Simi Valley, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Santa Maria, or Bakersfield, California, and our helpful flooring experts are ready to answer your questions today!