The homeowners of this kitchen opted for engineered wood over a solid hardwood or laminate. Light flooring and white-washed cabinetry creates a cool, monochromatic look. Engineered wood can go anywhere in your home, but it's especially handy in rooms where water might be an issue. It shrinks and expands less than solid woods, making it less vulnerable to moisture damage.
In this grand kitchen, honey-color travertine tiles cover the floor, playing off the color of the perimeter cabinets. Caring for travertine is as simple as annual sealing, monthly wet mopping, and dry sweeping a couple of times a week. Polished travertine is practically stain-resistant and is a great choice for high-traffic areas like a kitchen.
Oak flooring -- in a rich stain -- anchors this elegant kitchen and provides contrast to the white walls and white and blue cabinetry. Wood flooring lends unmatched warmth and character to a room. If you decide to put wood flooring in the kitchen, keep in mind that solid woods are vulnerable to moisture. Place a rug near the food prep and cleanup zones to catch water and food spills.
This light kitchen gets just a touch of warmth with oak floors. A not-too-orange stain gives the kitchen a modern vibe and works with with any supporting colors in the kitchen.
Large slate tiles provide a sound, stylish surface underfoot, and the color hides dirt, pet hair, and more. It's simple to maintain the floor with a matte-finish product once a year. The type of stone you choose and where you lay the stone in your house will determine if you need to seal it. Sealants and cleaning products vary depending on the stone type, so check with a stone retailer or manufacturer for specific recommendations.
In keeping with an earthy color palette, the homeowners chose honey-tone bamboo plank flooring. The flooring reflects light, which keeps the room bright and airy. Renewable bamboo floors come in different patterns and plank sizes to complement a variety of kitchen styles. Bamboo can be stained in a variety of colors; just make sure to use water-base stains and top coats that are labeled as low-VOC emission products to ensure the bamboo stays earth-friendly.
Soft green and cream vinyl tiles were an affordable option for this kitchen's floor, freeing up the budget for upgraded appliances and other finishes. Beyond sealing the floor, soap and water is the easiest way to keep vinyl looking new. Sealing vinyl flooring protects it from stains, which are almost impossible to remove.
Brazilian cherry flooring grounds the creamy white cabinetry in this bright and airy Kitchen. This very hard wood does come from Brazil and is known for its rich burgundy hue. Like other woods, avoid saturating the floors with water, and when cleaning, only use wood cleaner or a barely damp mop and immediately wipe up any spills to avoid warping the wood.