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Best Flooring for Kitchens in 2024
Your kitchen is a focal place for activities. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to kitchen flooring, you’ll want something long-lasting. To avoid floor problems caused by splashes and spills, consider waterproof alternatives. This year’s top flooring options for your kitchen are made to last.
Picture this: It’s holiday season. You’re inviting a group of friends and family over to celebrate and spread some joy. The place is full. There’s food, beverages, and everyone is having a great time.
Consider this: Where is everyone standing and hanging out together?
If you’ve ever had your own home or attended a gathering, you undoubtedly imagined having a nice time in the kitchen. Let’s be honest: the kitchen is the heart of the home and where everyone congregates. It’s a high-traffic area that’s constantly exposed to spills, dirt, and dampness. Kitchens require durable, water-friendly flooring, but what is the best flooring for kitchens?
Everyone forms a circle around the island, pulls up a stool, and grabs a seasonal beverage as we discuss kitchen flooring possibilities. We’ll look at what’s hot in kitchen flooring in 2024, different types of flooring, the greatest kitchen flooring, low-cost flooring solutions, and more. But before..
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS. UNDERFOOT
Unlike other rooms in the home, the kitchen is used on a regular basis, whether for food storage and preparation, group or family meals, or simply as a gathering place for activities. Kitchens, with the exception of the bathroom, are subjected to the most abuse. It’s not a coincidence that both are frequently exposed to dampness. Moisture is a significant consideration that affects every surface in the kitchen, particularly the floor. When selecting flooring for the kitchen, waterproofing is essential.
A sturdy floor is also necessary due to the quantity of children, adults, and pets who go through the kitchen on a daily basis. Many kitchens also serve as a “mudroom,” complete with an outdoor entry and all of the fun, dirt, trash, and wetness that could be tracked in from outside to ruin your floor.
Furthermore, like in a bathroom, too much wetness on a hard surface might be a recipe for disaster. Many waterproof flooring alternatives become exceedingly slippery when exposed to moisture. Non-slip options should be considered when installing kitchen flooring.
Remember that engaging with a flooring and renovation professional, such as your partners at The Good Guys, can help you discover these factors and put you on the way to picking the best flooring option for your project.
Recommended Flooring for Kitchens
Taking into account the aforementioned particular factors, as well as pricing (who doesn’t love inexpensive flooring?!), let’s look at some of the greatest types of flooring for kitchens.
Hardwood
Hardwood floors, which have been used in homes for generations, remain a luxurious and popular choice for many homeowners today. Solid hardwood floors are long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and water-resistant. Yes. You read that correctly. Hardwood flooring aren’t watertight. Solid hardwoods are water-resistant when properly finished, but prolonged exposure to moisture will harm them. Spills should be cleaned as quickly as possible, although they can withstand greater exposure than a laminate or engineered hardwood floor with composite or non-water-resistant cores.
Despite this “weakness,” hardwoods make an excellent kitchen floor. They can also change the appearance of their kitchen over time by refinishing it to match the flooring throughout the house or to bring some pizazz to the kitchen on its own. Hardwood floors can be slippery depending on the finish; however, design features like hand-scraped or distressed surfaces, as well as board width/length, can give additional surface area for traction.
In 2024, look for lighter finishes and more variety when it comes to hardwoods. While deep walnut and cherry finishes are conventional and timeless, hardwood flooring in 2024 will be lighter, more “natural” wood colors. “Blonde” and “honey” are likely to be popular terms, as are grays and whitewashes. Color variation is another ongoing trend for 2024, with dark wood blended with light and medium-tone woods creating an eye-catching floor.
Hardwood flooring, like tile, can be put in patterns to create interest. Your flooring experts at The Good Guys can also assist you with pattern installation that will be on-trend in 2024 but ageless in the future. Herringbone, diagonal, and other installation patterns will remain popular, but broad plank and mixed plank widths are making a comeback.
Popular types of hardwood flooring include salvaged, recycled, and environmentally sustainable options.

Laminate
Laminate floors, like hardwood floors, are a warm, water-resistant option for kitchens. Homeowners should keep in mind that laminate is not waterproof. Laminates have long been an inexpensive option to achieve the appearance of real hardwood.
However, several flooring manufacturers now offer “waterproof laminate,” which has a hard core constructed of waterproof material for added strength and stability. These eliminate the perceived weakness to wetness.
These new laminates retain many of the advantages of traditional laminates, including installation flexibility. Most laminate flooring can be snapped together and permanently placed (glued down) or floated, making them suitable for installation over uneven subfloors.
Lighter finishes will be popular in 2024, similar to hardwood. Gray washes, light woods, and blended colors will dominate the style parade. Longer plank lengths, up to 36″ and 48″, paired with broader planks (as wide as 8″!) are expected to be a trend in all wood and wood-look laminates.
Laminate floors continue to be popular due to their ability to mimic the distinct hues and patterns of actual hardwood flooring. Hand-scraped, distressed, rustic, and “reclaimed” designs will be popular in 2024, as homeowners seek unique, realistic looks for their floors. Pattern installations, such as chevron or herringbone, remain popular and help achieve such characteristics.
Tile flooring is a popular choice for damp spaces due to its durability and timeless design. Tile can last a lifetime, or even longer, if properly laid, grouted, and sealed. Tile is, anecdotally, the most common choice for kitchen flooring. There are many different types of kitchen floor tiles available, so it’s important to grasp the distinctions and narrow down your options to a few that you like.
Remember, your adviser at The Good Guys can assist you in selecting the ideal kitchen floor tile selection for your project, so take advantage of this offer!
Here are the most common tile varieties for kitchen floors.
Ceramic or porcelain?
One of the most durable and widely used tiles for kitchen floors and walls. Ceramic tiles are man-made from natural resources, such as clay, and then baked to a finish. They come in a wide range of forms, shapes, colors, and patterns.
Ceramic tiles can withstand spills, splatters, and stains found in most kitchens. While they will not damage the tile, these messes can stain the grout, so clean them up as quickly as possible.
Porcelain tiles, one of the most popular types of ceramic tiles, are completely waterproof and resistant to almost any stain. They are harder than normal ceramics because they are baked at a higher temperature, which reinforces the tile for greater endurance. Because of their longevity, they can be slippery in certain finishes, so search for slip-resistant tiles or tiles with non-slip elements such as patterns or texture. Installing ceramic and porcelain tiles that resemble wood or real stone can be challenging, so contact The Good Guys for assistance.
Natural stone tiles are another excellent alternative for kitchen flooring. On the higher end of the pricing spectrum, stone tiles (think marble, granite, etc.), like ceramic, are available in a number of colors and designs; however, the most popular selections tend to highlight colors or patterns that occur naturally rather than man-made.
Natural stone tile requires slightly more care than porcelain or ceramic tile. Typically, they must be sealed after installation and resealed at regular intervals as time passes. However, with proper care, they may provide a beautiful and durable surface for your kitchen.
As of 2024, tiles remain popular as kitchen flooring. Especially those that seem like conventional hardwood floors, with planks and “grain” finish characteristics. Larger tile sizes are still popular, as they have in prior years. Plank tiles 8″ wide by 48″ long, as well as ceramic tiles 12″ x 24″, are very popular. Regardless of these trends, subway and ornamental mosaic tiles will remain popular. Traditional square tiles were on the decline in recent years, but in larger dimensions, they are regaining appeal!
Mixed tile sizes and patterned installations will be trendy again in 2024. Installing a room totally diagonally, or employing a herringbone or chevron installation to spice up a more classic tile, are just a few examples.
Vinyl
Perhaps the most popular flooring option in recent years, and it shows no signs of decreasing in 2024. However, many consumers seeking for kitchen flooring are unfamiliar with modern vinyl flooring. This isn’t your parents’ sheet vinyl or mom’s linoleum!
Vinyl flooring, which was formerly only available commercially, is now most often available in tiles and planks, with popular types referred to as LVT or LVP. These are “Luxury Vinyl Tile” and “Luxury Vinyl Plank”. Essentially, you’re receiving high-quality vinyl in the form of tiles or planks. The most important vinyl acronym is WPC or SPC, which stands for Wood Plastic Composite or Stone Plastic Composite.
The terms WPC and SPC relate to the core of vinyl flooring. WPC employs wood and polymers in the core for stability and strength, whereas SPC vinyl uses a stone/plastic composite core comprised primarily of stone dust, stabilizers, and PVC to reinforce the tile. Both have a foam or cork backing to cushion the floor underfoot and reduce noise. The vinyl layer, from which the floor gets its name, is the most noticeable aspect of these floors, displaying nearly unlimited colors and patterns, and they’re topped with a wear layer for extra protection from scrapes and spills.
Both varieties of vinyl are completely watertight and can be laid “floating” above the subfloor. They’re an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms, and they can even be installed in basements if there is a kitchen there. And let’s be honest: if you do, that’s fantastic!
While vinyl flooring is softer than some other options (see at you, ceramic tiles!), it remains a strong, long-lasting flooring solution. Popular trends for 2024 include the most popular vinyl variant: the wood look. Vinyl intended to resemble solid hardwoods is responsible for pushing the vinyl business by providing clients with the appearance of wood while remaining softer underfoot and incredibly durable.
Vinyl flooring will likewise shift to lighter hues and finishes in 2024. Look for whitewash and “blonde” coloring on wood-look vinyl, as well as grey on stone-look vinyl. Interesting “finish” patterns, like as wire, are increasingly gaining popularity, and vinyl is available in an almost limitless variety of colors and patterns. The same installation patterns that are popular for hardwood will be used for your vinyl. Consider chevron, herringbone, or diagonal patterns to customize the design of your home.
Stained Concrete
Stained concrete is one of the most basic and long-lasting kitchen flooring options. Concrete has a sleek appearance that can be modified to be modern or historic. It is incredibly durable and can be sealed to be entirely waterproof, which is required because concrete absorbs most fluids… Nowadays, most homes have concrete subflooring. To properly prepare the surface for staining, you’ll need to engage with an expert, such as the Good Guys.
Concrete floors can be dyed to resemble wood, stone, or even certain tiles. It can be slippery when finished, but there are ways to make the flooring less slick. Mats in the kitchen are probably a good idea whenever significant moisture may develop, such as in front of a sink.
Look for lighter finishes, as seen in the other flooring products. Because there are no tiles to place and organize, the finish, including color and patterns, determines the unique appearance.
Stained concrete is also one of the greatest low-cost flooring alternatives for 2024, making it an excellent choice for kitchen floors. Want it to resemble marble? Not a problem! Do you prefer hardwood or classic ceramic tile looks? Not a problem!
As you can see, 2024 promises to be an amazing year for flooring. If you want to bring some of that excitement into your kitchen, contact local flooring experts at The Good Guys for advice on selecting the finest sort of flooring for your needs.

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