Choosing or changing the flooring in your kitchen is one of the most consequential design decisions that you can make. Colorful or patterned tiles can create an edgy modern look or function as a focal point. A traditional tile floor can create a timeless foundation for the rest of your kitchen that won’t go out of style and can fall back and let other elements like kitchen backsplash tiles to shine.
Decorative floor tile can give a small kitchen presence or add personality to a minimalist space. Depending on your kitchen layout, you might install decorative tile to create a sense of definition in a galley-style, U-shaped, or open-plan kitchen.
Take a look at these kitchens in a range of sizes and styles that utilize floor tiles in both classic and unexpected ways to add style, personality, and functionality to the busiest room in the house.
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Choose Classic Checkerboard
You can't go wrong with classic black-and-white marble checkerboard flooring. This English Victorian villa kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has marble floor tiles from Floors of Stone that have a tumbled edge that gives them the look of reclaimed stone and adds a timeless feel that will never go out of style.Continue to 2 of 37 below.
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Add Moroccan Style
In this crisp and modern Paris kitchen from Space Factory, black-and-white Moroccan-style floor tile in a star pattern stands up to the cabinetry and central island painted in bold International Klein Blue.Continue to 3 of 37 below.
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Stay Traditional with Terracotta
Terracotta is a tried and true kitchen floor tiling option for those who appreciate the traditional and timeless and gravitate toward earthy finishes and Tuscan-style design. This classic English kitchen Design by deVOL Kitchens uses Terracotta Tiles from Floors of Stone. The deep rust of the floor tiles is complemented with shades of white on the walls and cabinetry for a classic high-contrast look.Continue to 4 of 37 below.
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Go Big With Graphics
This bold Boston Victorian home remodel from NYC-based Michelle Gerson Interiors tells a dramatic story in graphic strokes of black and white, from the zigzag floor tiling to the black painted wall-to-wall cabinetry outlined in bright white.Continue to 5 of 37 below.
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Embrace Flower Power
This all-white kitchen from Hamsa Home gets a shot of feel-good flower power energy with a patterned tile floor in vibrant shades of blue.Continue to 6 of 37 below.
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Add Graphic Style
Architect Mona Ying Reeves at San Mateo, California-based Re:modern remodeled a San Bruno 1920’s Spanish bungalow, transforming the dated and dark interior into a modern space with coastal vibes. In the kitchen, Clé Tile flooring in a black-and-white pattern adds a graphic touch and a royal blue range and hood add a pop of color.
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Lighten the Mood
Penny tiles can be used on their own or laid out in any pattern that you like. This daisy chain kitchen floor from Blakes London defines the kitchen in an open plan space. The cheerful pattern is rendered in shades of white and green to echo the palette of the kitchen, adding a lighthearted note to the elegant design.Continue to 8 of 37 below.
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Cut the Corners
Striking floor tile helps to define this small L-shaped kitchen tucked into the corner of a small open plan living, dining, and kitchen area in a one-bedroom apartment in Paris designed by Neva Interior Design. The colorful, graphic patch of tile visually separates the area from the rest of the space and helps to cut the long linear shape of the room. A large abstract geometric pattern in shades of white, black, and blue is a perfect link between the room's white walls and navy cabinetry, and makes the design feel custom and memorable.Continue to 9 of 37 below.
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Have Fun With Pattern
The graphic black-and-white tile in this kitchen from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design Studio has a loopy pattern that looks like fish scales, roof tiles, or whatever you see in the ink blot of a floor design. The tile adds a lively touch and some curves to the kitchen's strict lines and dark wood cabinetry, and doesn't compete with the glossy textured white backsplash tiles.Continue to 10 of 37 below.
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Revisit a Retro Color Pairing
This contemporary wet bar from Jean Liu Design has an updated take on a retro pink and black color palette that is contrasted with cool stainless steel appliances.Continue to 11 of 37 below.
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Create a Zigzag Border
In this striking English kitchen from Blakes London, red-and-white tile flooring in a large abstract geometric pattern defines the kitchen space. Open to the rest of the home, the tile is inlaid with the adjoining wood floor in a clean zigzag edge that contrasts with the freeform nature of the tile, and creates a virtual separation between rooms.Continue to 12 of 37 below.
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Lay Some Bricks
The thin brick tile floor in this kitchen renovation from We Are True Home is inspired by classic European flooring. The brick tiling and adds a note of color and texture thanks to the herringbone pattern and variation of white and terracotta tones.Continue to 13 of 37 below.
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Use Pastel Penny Tiles
To define the kitchen area in this small Paris studio from Neva Interior Design, a penny tile floor features both white and peachy colored tiles that are a nod to the copper of an actual penny, and complements the sage green cabinetry.Continue to 14 of 37 below.
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Add a Witty Touch
Laying the small-scale tiles in a random pattern that spills into the adjoining hardwood floors like a handful of dropped pennies adds a witty detail to this Paris studio kitchen floor tiling from Neva Interior Design.Continue to 15 of 37 below.
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Make It Timeless
This ground floor English kitchen from deVOL Kitchens is open to the outside, with a classic diamond-shaped kitchen floor that fits the classic and timeless design and allows the color accents in shades of green to shine.Continue to 16 of 37 below.
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Add Subtle Texture
A subtle terrazzo floor in neutral colors adds a hint of texture and a tonal shift from the rest of the space in this eat-in kitchen Parisian kitchen from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design Studio. Terrazzo is a versatile material that comes in a number of colors and patterns, so you can go as bold and colorful or subtle and timeless as you'd like.Continue to 17 of 37 below.
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Give the Pantry Its Own Personality
Many people choose to run hardwood floors throughout the kitchen to provide a seamless look with the rest of an open plan home. In this Orange County, California remodel from Mindy Gayer Design Co., patterned floor tile creates definition and a decorative element in a pantry just off the kitchen.Continue to 18 of 37 below.
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Add Definition In a Mini Loft
This mini loft from Paris-based Space Factory has a small open kitchen on a slightly raised platform that accommodates pipes and wires. A soft patterned tile floor with an airy diamond-shaped pattern helps define the space, adding contrast to the white subway tile backsplash, glossy white cabinetry, and OSB kitchen island.Continue to 19 of 37 below.
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Use Peel and Stick Travertine
Blogger Ursula Carmona from Home Made By Carmona used luxury vinyl peel-and-stick tiling in an oyster travertine pattern in this guest house kitchen. The tiles are an easy and cost effective DIY install that creates the look of limestone on a budget that is softer and warmer underfoot.Continue to 20 of 37 below.
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Play With Penny Tiles
Using a classic material like penny tile in a modern way creates a timeless interior with a sense of fun. In this Paris kitchen from Space Factory, a penny tile mosaic in a groovy hexagonal pattern adds a graphic punch to the handsome kitchen, with its matte black cabinetry, leather cabinet pulls, pale wood countertops and backsplash, and sliding atelier window door.Continue to 21 of 37 below.
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Update a Classic
In this lively black-and-white kitchen designed by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design, framed black-and-white art lines the walls, a large retro-style refrigerator stands proud, and modern black-and-white floor tiles add a graphic touch and a fresh take on an age-old classic.Continue to 22 of 37 below.
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Create an Industrial Feel
Polished concrete flooring is a hallmark of industrial style interiors everywhere. But you can replicate the look of poured concrete by using large format concrete-effect tiles with matching gray grout to create an industrial look that's easy to install, like this downtown Pittsburgh industrial loft conversion from Leanne Ford Interiors.Continue to 23 of 37 below.
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In this traditional older home in Pittsburgh from Leanne Ford Interiors, dark slate floor tiles add texture to the floor and contrast with the glossy marble countertops and backsplash.Continue to 24 of 37 below.
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Mix Industrial With Rustic
In this lodge-style home retreat from Leanne Ford Interiors, budget- and family-friendly slate tiles were used on the spacious kitchen floor. The flooring complements the textured concrete skim coat on the walls and the natural wood decor accents, and helps define the area from the adjacent living room while maintaining a sense of openness achieved by knocking down the dividing wall.Continue to 25 of 37 below.
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Break Up Linear Spaces
Laying large black porcelain floor tiles in a herringbone pattern breaks up the linear lines of this small pass through kitchen designed by Rashida Banks for Emily Henderson Design.Continue to 26 of 37 below.
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Count Your Pennies
In this traditional Victorian kitchen remodel from Leanne Ford Interiors, classic white penny tile works like a charm, while a black penny tile border defines the space around a large central island. The black-and-white theme is continued throughout the airy space, with white subway tiles lined with the same black grout as the penny tile that creates cohesion while adding a slightly industrial element, and shiny modern stainless steel appliances and a large oven vent making it look updated and fresh.Continue to 27 of 37 below.
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Create an Optical Illusion
Trippy diamond-patterned floor tile in a black and white pattern creates a graphic touch in this Paris kitchen from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design Studio, creating a sense of movement with its pattern shaded like an optical illusion. The tile helps define the kitchen area, which is designed in a galley style with a glass and metal atelier window that creates a separation from the rest of the space while letting light flow through.Continue to 28 of 37 below.
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Stagger Simple Tiles
In this modern minimalist California kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, simple, neutral rectangular floor tiles in shades of gray are laid in a staggered pattern that adds some subtle texture to the floor.Continue to 29 of 37 below.
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Lay a Tile Rug
In this rustic canyon home from Leanne Ford Interiors, a rug-shaped patch of tile is seamlessly inlaid into the wood floors to define the cooking area from the rest of the space.Continue to 30 of 37 below.
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Use Large Squares
Large square tiles help create the illusion of an uninterrupted surface on the floor of this simple kitchen from If Walls Could Talk.Continue to 31 of 37 below.
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Choose Classic Marble
In this traditional home remodel from Leanne Ford Interiors, gray-and-white marble floors (and a matching backsplash) are a natural and classic choice that looks like it's always been there while adding a sense of quiet luxury to the design. This type of flooring functions more as a backdrop than the main event, making it a neutral foil for a vintage or patterned runner.Continue to 32 of 37 below.
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Choose Simple Hexagon Tile
In this simple all-white kitchen from Calimia Home, a medium-toned gray floor has a subtle pattern of hexagonal tiles that give it a hint of texture that doesn't call too much attention to itself and is classic and neutral enough to guarantee its longevity.Continue to 33 of 37 below.
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Play Up Contrasts
In this London kitchen from Emilie Fournet Interiors, white and pale gray floor tile in an airy star pattern is a quiet counterpoint to vibrant emerald green backsplash tiles.Continue to 34 of 37 below.
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Use Faux Wood Tiles
This kitchen from Gray Space Interior Design uses pale toned trompe l'oeil tiling to create the impression that the floor is covered in hardwood.Continue to 35 of 37 below.
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Use Contrasting Grout
Blogger Ursula Carmona from Home Made By Carmona installed glazed porcelain wood-effect tiles in her kitchen that are a modern and easy to maintain take on traditional wood flooring. Rather than going for a trompe l'oeil wood effect, she used white grout that highlights the shape of the tiles.Continue to 36 of 37 below.
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Lay a Tile Rug
In this striking modern French kitchen from Space Factory, inlaid terrazzo tile in a bold pattern with shades of red and pink defines the island and creates the illusion of a built-in rug.Continue to 37 of 37 below.
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Use Shades of Blue
Patterned floor tile in soft shades of blue keeps this kitchen from Charlie Coull Design feeling fresh and fairly neutral while adding style.