You’ll be standing a lot while working in the kitchen, so choose flooring that’s comfortable as well as stylish. Many options are available in a variety of prices and looks
This renewable grass offers the look of wood. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, make sure the factory finish is formaldehyde-free.
Made from the bark of cork oak trees, this ecofriendly option is quiet and soft underfoot. If it’s properly sealed, it can withstand moisture.
This budget-friendly flooring choice can be a convincing, easy-care substitute for wood, tile, or stone. Choose planks or tiles. It’s one of the easiest flooring types to install yourself.
Made from linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone, and pigments, this option is eco-friendly and soft underfoot. It’s available in a variety of colors.
This natural material adds upscale charm to a but it can be slippery when wet and harder underfoot, and it often requires professional installation. A stone’s porosity—the amount and size of its pores—affects its strength and stain resistance. For lower maintenance in a high-traffic kitchen, choose a hard stone with low porosity, such as granite or slate. Softer, more porous stone materials, such as marble, limestone, and travertine, require regular sealing to reduce staining and scratching.
A classic choice for kitchens, tile comes in a variety of shapes and sizes that can provide an opportunity for customization. Porcelain tiles are dense and very durable; their scratch-resistant surface withstands spills and pet accidents. Tile is harder underfoot than some other flooring types and can be slippery.
Available in sheets, tiles, and planks, vinyl flooring shows off a variety of looks, including wood and stone, but is more affordable. It’s soft underfoot, durable, and moisture-resistant. Chose vinyl with a thick urethane top coat for maximum durability.
This flooring type offers a classic look that works in a variety of decorating styles. Solid wood is one continuous piece of wood from top to bottom so it offers a thick material for sanding and refinishing, but it’s susceptible to moisture. Engineered wood has a thin top layer of hardwood secured to a sturdy plywoodlike base layer. It’s less expensive than solid wood and is less likely to be affected by humidity. Some hardwood (and bamboo) planks are coated with moisture-cured urethane enhanced with aluminum oxide. This high-tech finish is both moisture- and scratch-resistant.