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What is the best flooring for kitchens?

From finding the best tile for the kitchen floor to the merits of vinyl, laminate and more, we help you find the best type of flooring for kitchens

Best vinyl flooring for kitchens

 

Vinyl is an affordable and popular choice and the best vinyl flooring for kitchens comes in a huge variety of looks and colours. You can use vinyl to create the effect of a beautifully stone tiled floor, rich hardwood or create interest for the eye with a patterned design. It’s hardwearing and waterproof, making it ideal for kitchens, and easy to lay and maintain. Also, the softer nature of this floor covering makes it more forgiving if things are dropped, so it may help to prevent breakages.

Best laminate for kitchens

 

A wooden floor looks good in a kitchen but can be an expensive option for big rooms. Get the look of real wood on a budget by choosing laminate. Cost effective, durable, stain-resistant, easy to clean and maintain, it’s a great option for busy, high-traffic family kitchens.

Best tiles for kitchens

 

Tiles are an excellent choice for kitchens, but they don’t come cheap. So, if you’re on a budget, remember you can create a realistic tiled effect with laminate or vinyl

Top kitchen flooring trends for 2020: laminate and vinyl

 

Engineered flooring, laminate and vinyl are all growing in popularity at the expense of hardwood, and these man-made options are constantly improving in quality and durability. Engineered flooring is easier to install than hardwood and works better in a kitchen environment as it doesn’t expand and contract in the same way as real wood. Real wood looks great but today it’s all about faking it for a low-maintenance, hard-wearing and affordable option.

Colour trends: deep and moody

 

The trend for light-coloured kitchen flooring is giving way to darker shades, in the same way that moody greys and navy blues are making an impact in fashionable living rooms. Grey is the current go-to shade for on-trend kitchens; combine with granite-look and industrial style fittings for an ultra-modern effect. If grey feels too stark, choose a warm red or deep orange, a great way to embrace darker colours while creating a cosier space. Choose fittings and fixtures in simple white or cream for best impact.

Colour and pattern: working the look

 

Mix it up with a steel grey kitchen and keep floor colours bright to offset the look; pale blonde shades or light-coloured woods will all work well in this design scheme.

Patterned floors and textured finishes are also predicted to be big in the coming years. Experiment with large hexagon patterns, parquet and checked tiles – choose vinyl to get the look at a fraction of the cost.