Few things change the look of a room like some new flooring, and these kitchen floor tile ideas will have you scrambling to start your cookspace update.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated March 07, 2019
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In the world of kitchen décor ideas, kitchen floor tile ideas tend to take a backseat behind kitchen backsplash ideas, cabinet colors, and kitchen color schemes, to name a few. No cookspace component is inherently lesser than any other, but some design elements are certainly more visible than others, and kitchen flooring can sometimes fall by the wayside. Still, that doesn’t mean you can (or would want to) pass over giving kitchen floors a refresh.

Kitchen flooring can take nearly any form (maybe stay away from carpeting, though), but according to a recent survey from Houzz, 26 percent of home renovators in 2018 chose ceramic or porcelain tile for their kitchens. Hardwood kitchen flooring holds a certain appeal and for years was a top pick, but tile is becoming increasingly popular again after a few years in the shadows—and there’s a world of kitchen floor tile ideas to explore.

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When hardwood floors took over kitchens everywhere, kitchen floor tiles got a bad reputation for being outdated, but these kitchen floor tile ideas aren’t the large, square tiles you might be picturing. Just as bathroom tiles have gotten all sorts of edgy, creative treatments over the years, kitchen floor tiles can take many shapes, colors, patterns, and more—they can even look like hardwood floors, so you get the durability and easy cleaning of tile with the on-trend look of wood flooring.

With so many types of tile (penny tile! Glass tile! Square tile!) out there, and so many creative uses of basic tiles, it’s no surprise that kitchen floor tile ideas are on the rise. Scroll on for some smart ideas, and start thinking about what your dream kitchen tile floor looks like—with so many options, it won’t be hard to think of some kitchen flooring ideas that are unlike anyone else’s on the block.

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There’s nothing inherently special about large rectangular tiles—in fact, they’re dangerously close to the outdated kitchen tile trends we’re trying to avoid. But large rectangular tiles can certainly be done well. In this case, they’re in the same color as the kitchen cabinets, just several shades darker, so they help anchor the space without feeling obtrusive. Bright white grout pops against dark tile and connects the floors with the backsplash and countertops, further uniting the space.

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For further proof that basic tile shapes can shine, peek inside this soothingly subdued kitchen, which lets pops of emerald green shine against white cabinetry and understated slate gray floors. Tile floors like this one are easy to maintain and keep clean-looking, and they strike a just-right muted tone that makes this kitchen feel oh-so-welcoming. Statement-making floors aren’t for everyone, and this kitchen tile proves that understated can sometimes be best.

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Some kitchen floor tile ideas aren’t 100 percent tile. An edgy look that feels utterly doable is to place tile only in the cooking area and have it meld into another type of flooring—here, it’s wood—for a striking contrasting look. In this kitchen, the tile floor’s busy pattern is the focal point, but the transitional look could be done with different tile colors, patterns, and shapes.

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Similarly to the transitional look, this nearly utilitarian kitchen tile option puts the tile just where it’s needed—by the sink, under the stove, and around food prep space—and connects it to another flooring option just beyond the kitchen proper. Consider it the best of both worlds, especially if picking a single flooring option (or paying for a huge amount of materials) proves a challenge.

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Certain patterned tiles may be a little too much for kitchen floors, but there’s nothing that says you can’t create a pattern out of solid-colored tiles. The look takes a little planning (and a lot of trust in whoever is installing it), but it offers a playful alternative to a single-colored floor.

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In a pattern-free kitchen of solids and unbroken textures, a sudden pattern can shake everything up—and keep the space from feeling too staid. Here, playful (and surprising) polka dot tile floors enliven classic blue cabinetry and a white backsplash.

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If you dare to go big and bold with your kitchen floor tile ideas, this kitchen proves that it can be done, even in a small space. A tile layout like this calls for careful planning and even more careful installation, but the eye-grabbing and singular results can make it all worth it.

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Small kitchens can sometimes operate under different rules than their more expansive counterparts. A pattern this energetic and colorful could feel overwhelming in a large space, but when constrained to tight quarters, it absolutely works, especially when its surroundings are monochromatic.

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Get the visual appeal of hardwood with the hardiness of tile with clever tiles—these are porcelain, but they look like natural wood. In a herringbone pattern, the kitchen floor tile feels fresh.