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10 Kitchen Flooring Trends in 2022 – Design Ideas for a Modern Home

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Kitchen flooring is an integral part of any home and choosing a good type takes more careful consideration than you might think. Good kitchen flooring needs to match your kitchen aesthetic, yes, but it also needs to be durable and easy to clean. That floor will be seeing a lot of water, grease, and other miscellaneous messes.

Modern flooring trends can be as fleeting as a summer daydream or become an enduring staple. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent kitchen flooring trends moving into 2022.

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Top 10 Kitchen Flooring Trends in 2022

1. Flagstone Flooring

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Stone floor 01 (Image Credit: Lionel Allorge, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 3.0 Unported)

Flagstone flooring is a time-tested choice for quaint country manors and medieval-style buildings. Flagstone gives a kitchen a cozy, relaxed atmosphere that makes you think of freshly baked bread and simmering soup. There’s a reason it’s been used for centuries, after all!

The best things about flagstone are that it’s easy to clean, it stays cool in the summer, and it can take a beating. Flagstone is a great choice for households with allergies because it’s nonporous and won’t absorb allergens like some softwood flooring.

The greatest downside to flagstone flooring is that it’s expensive when compared to other types—no surprise there, as stone construction is always pricy. Also worth noting is that it gets slick very easily and gets very, very cold in cold climates.

If you’re looking for stone flooring with a rustic feel, flagstone is definitely for your kitchen.


2. White Oak

Oak never goes out of style, but it could use a modern twist. This classic hardwood flooring comes in a classy light variant. It’s not actually white, but a very light beige that makes the whole kitchen feel lighter.

True to the name, too, white oak flooring retains the familiar grain patterns of oak. These dark undertones help balance other colors within the kitchen. This type of oak has a tighter, cleaner grain that fits in well with otherwise modern homes.

White oak is a very durable type of hardwood, and more resistant to moisture than other types of wood. Sadly, no wood is completely waterproof, and white oak is no exception. Another pro is that white oak is typically lower priced than red oak and cheaper than most types of hardwood in general.


3. Tumbled Travertine Stone

Tumbled stone is one of the best types of stone flooring for kitchens, lending the space a warm and time-worn quality. The tumbling process makes this flooring less slippery than other stones, making it ideal for high-traffic kitchens with an open floor plan. This flooring is the perfect thing to add a charming edge to an otherwise contemporary kitchen.

Tumbled stone floors stay cool in the summer and get cold in the winter, but adding radiant underfloor heating can remedy that and keep your feet toasty. Just like other types of stone, these tiles are extremely durable and can handle heavy foot traffic for many years.

Don’t fret about cleaning, either, because tumbled stone is nonporous, hygienic, and dead simple to keep looking sleek.


4. Concrete

We’ll admit that concrete isn’t the flashiest entry on this list. Concrete isn’t what you’d normally call ideal for a kitchen floor, but it’s a shockingly solid choice. Neutral gray is the perfect base layer for any kitchen style, whether you want a futuristic chrome kitchen or a forest of ebony cabinets. But nowadays, you don’t have to settle for gray! Advances in dyeing technology have created a huge range of warm, earthy colors in concrete tiles.

When properly sealed, concrete won’t blink at any amount of dirt, grime, dust, grease, water, or other debris. Just as great is the fact that concrete lasts forever and will probably outlast the rest of your house before it needs to be replaced. Short of taking a sledgehammer to the floor, I doubt there’s much you could do to harm it.


5. Chevron Stone Tile

Stone never looks so contemporary as it does cut into chevron tiles! These sleek stone tiles often alternate between light and dark, giving the floor a mesmerizing effect. Alternately, you have the versatility of choosing either light or dark stone tiles to help match your aesthetic goals. Either way, your kitchen will be the envy of all your friends.

Chevron tiles are made of regular old stone, as fancy as they look. They carry all the same pros and cons as the other stone flooring entries detailed above; it’s easy to clean and gets cold but stays cool in fierce summers. If you’re worried about slippage, though, maybe skip stone altogether.


6. Whitewashed Wood

Whitewashed wood flooring is a refreshing entry in this list for its near-white sheen, which is possibly the best look for kitchens with a natural look. This flooring looks the best in a kitchen with lots of natural light and light cabinetry. Artificial light is fine but can make it look cheap because most whitewashed wood is simple old pine. You need that warm, natural light to bring out its beauty.

Whitewashed wood goes best with a white theme, but other well-accented light decor themes work as well. This type of flooring is typically pretty cheap, especially compared to hardwood competitors. The tradeoff is that whitewashed wood flooring isn’t as water-resistant or sturdy, and it picks up stains. Otherwise, it’s simple to sweep off and clean regularly.


7. Waterproof Vinyl

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Image Credit: septian intizom armedi, Shutterstock

Finally, something that’s not wood or stone! Though, vinyl does commonly come in wood-themed panels. Technically, the material’s core does have wood, but I digress. Waterproof vinyl is wildly flexible, coming in as many colors as there are types of wood to imitate. No matter your kitchen’s unique style, you can find vinyl flooring to match or complement it.

This flooring feels sleeker than wood and isn’t as slick as wet stone. What’s cool about vinyl is that water and other liquids bead up and sit on the surface, rather than seeping into the floor as you’d see with wood. In that respect, it’s much like stone. The vinyl is also resistant to stains and scratches, so its longevity is competitive.

For someone with pets or children that often make messes, you can’t go wrong with waterproof vinyl flooring for your kitchen.


8. Large-Format Porcelain

New advances in machinery have made this understated porcelain flooring possible. Large-format tiles make the floor seem more seamless, with very few seams to break up the effect. This is an awesome choice if you don’t want your floor to take the attention away from the rest of your kitchen but remain functional and clean.

Porcelain matches very well with marble or granite countertops, and natural lighting will make it really pop in your kitchen. Consider keeping windows open to really wow visiting friends and family.

Porcelain is notoriously slippery, which both makes it super-easy to clean as well as slip. Contrary to what you may expect, it’s also super-durable and will withstand anything you can throw at it. Porcelain is becoming very hot for the modern household (perhaps paired best with non-slip slippers?).


9. Limestone

Often undervalued, limestone is an atypical kitchen flooring choice that’s quickly gaining popularity. Limestone gives a kitchen a quaint elegance that can only be compared to flagstone but with a more modern flair. Limestone varies in color, so you’re sure to find a shade that perfectly matches your upcoming kitchen remodeling plans.

Limestone naturally retains heat, which is great for cooler regions, though you may consider adding underfloor heating for best results. While limestone really gleams, it can become dull if grime is allowed to build on its surface. Regular cleaning will solve that fast, though.

The biggest con of limestone is that it’s a much softer stone than others used for flooring, so it doesn’t have the raw durability of concrete or even tumbled stone. For a softer, homey kitchen, limestone can be a terrific choice.


10. Hardwood Parquet

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Linoleum – oaken parquet (Image Credit: Ruslan V. Albitsky aka pauk, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 2.5 Generic)

Last but certainly not least on our list is hardwood parquet, a new take on an old classic. Although the color isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, the steel brushed texture, and eye-drawing zig-zag pattern of hardwood parquet flooring can add a fresh spin to any kitchen.

If you’re tired of the same old wood panels, think about giving hardwood parquet flooring a try. It’s just as durable as any other hardwood, but with the added benefit of being far more unique than any other hardwood floor.

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How To Choose Kitchen Flooring

Flooring is a deeply personal aspect of any home kitchen, and it can be extremely difficult to decide what type is just right for you. Thankfully, we have a few easy questions to help you narrow down what would work for your kitchen.

  • What’s your style? Black and white? All white with lots of natural light? How about understated and refined? Narrow down your options by style and color scheme first.
  • How do you use your kitchen? Just cooking, or do you frequently entertain guests? Do the kids and pets run amok, so you need stain and water resistance? Chevron stone tiles. Maybe you’re really careful and don’t need something as tough as Superman, so less durable but more aesthetic choices are feasible for you – limestone!
  • Consider your budget. Although form and function are vital, any flooring plans have to come within the allocated budget planned for your kitchen. Is money no object, or do you need something cheaper? Vinyl is very affordable, whereas porcelain and other types of stone are on the other end of the spectrum. Wood is usually in the middle of those two as far as price goes.

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Consider all of these questions carefully before making your choice to help because kitchen flooring isn’t easily undone! Take your time and find what works the best for your household.


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