Posted on: 1 May 2018
For many years, minimalism and monochrome have dominated kitchen design. This pared back and neutral look also extended to kitchen floors, with white and pale grey tones featuring heavily on modern kitchen floors around the country.
If you're not a fan of this neutral style and you prefer some colour and pattern in your home, then recent trends towards more decorative flooring should give you cause to rejoice. Here are three stunning, vibrant and fun flooring styles that are making a big splash in kitchen design this year.
1. Ornate floor tiles
Floor tiles are one of the most popular floor types for kitchens. It's easy to understand why, they're durable, attractive and they hold up incredibly well when exposed to heat and moisture. They also provide you with a great opportunity to add some eclectic style that will set the tone for your entire kitchen.
Hand-painted kitchen tiles with Moroccan or French provincial style influences are a great idea if you love patterns and rustic charm. For a brighter, retro feel, Terrazzo tiles are making a big comeback. These tiles are made from a mix of cement and natural stone chips. Marble and quartz are common elements as well as coloured glass chips for a bright and vibrant kitchen look.
2. Parquet floors
Parquet floors use short timber floorboards to create a pattern on your kitchen floor. Parquet flooring has been used for centuries but it's seeing a renaissance because it combines the natural simplicity of timber with a beautiful and ornate design. Patterns can be as simple as a standard herringbone design or as ornate and intricate as you like.
If solid timber is out of your price range, you can recreate the parquet look very effectively with laminate flooring. Modern laminate has come a long way and is virtually indistinguishable from real timber. It comes in a massive range of colours and grains that match virtually any timber variety that you like.
3. Decorative concrete
Concrete flooring has been popular for several years and it's a trend that doesn't look like it's going anywhere in a hurry. It's a great choice if you want a cost-effective, durable and highly contemporary floor in your kitchen. Concrete provides you with a huge range of looks to choose from and allows you to create a fully customised floor in your home.
Polished concrete that's coated with an epoxy resin is one of the most popular choices. The rock-hard finish can be complemented with exposed aggregate, acid etching or even coloured concrete paint.Share