10 Kitchen Flooring Trends 2023
When it comes to renovating, extending, or perhaps building an entirely new kitchen, there are so many decisions to make and things to consider! It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the options and choices, but as direct importers in the industry for over 27 years, we thought we would shed some light when it comes to stone kitchen flooring, with 10 kitchen flooring trends forecasted for 2023 that are set to stay.
Natural stone kitchen flooring
1. Large flagstone flooring trend
The first trend we are seeing for 2023 has to be large flagstone tiles! For centuries, estates and country homes have used flagstone flooring (natural stone slabs), thanks to their hardwearing characteristics and classic appearance that have stood the test of time. Now more than ever, people are wanting to create this timeless look in their kitchens by choosing large format flagstones. Most commonly, the ‘free length’ or ‘random length’ tile size is opted for, by which the widths are fixed (usually 500mm or 600mm) and then lengths are a random selection ranging upwards to 1000mm. This free length flagstone has the ability to work in all sized kitchens and gives maximum focus on the beauty of each tile. The Monte Carlo limestone 600xFL(700-1000mm) and Versailles limestone 600xFL(700-1000mm) below display this format beautifully.
2. Dijon limestone
We have been importing this natural stone for over 20 years and there are a whole host of reasons why this versatile tile remains an on-trend kitchen flooring option! Dijon is a neutral toned limestone tile that complements an array of colour schemes with its soft beige and light grey hues. The minerals, fossils and calcite veining evident in this limestone tile make it a forgiving and classic choice for both interior and exterior applications. Dijon limestone is also available in a variety of finishes and tile sizes – our most popular finishes being ‘tumbled’, ‘brushed’ and ‘seasoned’. Read more about the different natural stone finishes here.
3. Buff sandstone tiles
A big kitchen flooring trend for 2023 is buff sandstone tiles – offering the ultimate neutral with soft pale wash tones and unique texture. Sandstone, like limestone, is a hardwearing and practical option ideal for kitchen tiles, the texture also provides grip underfoot. Buff coloured tiles complement the much-loved modern country look and also work with an array of different paint colours. Our Abbey and Priory sandstones are suitable for both indoors and outdoors and capture this on-trend buff, neutral palette perfectly.
4. Grey limestone kitchen tiles
Grey is a colour that has come and gone throughout the years – whilst warmer tones are also popular options, there is something so classic about a grey limestone tile and this is why we’ve added it to our top 10 kitchen flooring trends for 2023! Whether it’s a soft pale grey or a rich grey with variation from tile to tile, the beauty of limestone is that no two tiles are ever the same – we think a grey limestone adds depth and character to any kitchen space.
Farrow Grey limestone (photographed above) is a contemporary classic limestone tile, featuring beautiful tonal variations from dove grey through to soft anthracite. The oxidisation of iron offers warm copper hues, creating a timeless charm. This grey neutral toned natural stone lends itself to both modern and country projects alike, whilst the mineral and fossil detail evident, make it a forgiving choice for both interior and exterior applications.
Clermont Gris (photographed above) is a beautiful grey tumbled limestone tile that features subtle tonal variations throughout. The varying grey hues within this stone blend effortlessly, with a slight warmth and a country charm. This grey neutral toned natural stone complements an array of colour schemes, whilst its aged-tumbled finish and natural fossil appearances, offer unique texture and detail within each limestone tile creating an aged, lived-in appearance.
Stone look kitchen floor tiles
5. Tumbled effect porcelain trend
There is a rising popularity in stone look kitchen floor tiles, with an increasing range of shades and styles available. A big trend for 2021 kitchen floor tiles is tumbled effect porcelain – together with the character and variation from tile to tile, this soft tumbling effect lends itself beautifully to rustic, and modern country-style kitchens. Many of the tumbled edge porcelains out there are hard to distinguish from a natural limestone! A few of our favourite options can be found below…
6. Beige kitchen flooring tiles
Beige is back! Whilst for many years grey seemed to be the only kitchen flooring tile everyone wanted; we have seen a shift towards warmer tones, with the beige trend set to stay! The beauty of beige stone effect porcelain is the variety of prints and tones on the market – from industrial-rustic beige stone tiles to a creamy beige country kitchen floor, there is something for everyone in the stone effect porcelain tile industry. Above is a stunning converted barn with a contemporary twist, featuring ‘Bellemont Beige’. For those wanting to achieve the perfect country kitchen, ‘Dorchester Aged White’ (photographed below) is a beautiful, lighter porcelain with soft honey-beige veining.
7. Large format porcelain
With state-of-the-art machinery advancements, large format porcelain is becoming an on-trend and popular tile size to choose. Stone effect porcelain is most commonly in 900×600 or 800×800 tile sizes, but recently 1200×600 super-size porcelain tiles have become available and really do make the perfect addition for a stunning kitchen floor space. A large format tile works in open plan kitchens and helps to minimise grout lines and maximise the focus on each tile. Another consideration is whether you lay the tiles width or length ways from the point you stand (from a doorway or viewpoint). For narrow spaces, width ways will make the space appear wider. For shorter spaces, lengths ways will make a kitchen appear longer …your eyes will naturally always follow the line of the tiles! Photographed below show two examples of porcelains, Cordelia White and Light Mist, in 1200×600 – showing how a larger tile can work in small, as well as open plan kitchens.
Wood effect kitchen flooring
8. Oak wood-look kitchen tiles
Wood effect porcelain flooring is a more practical choice to solid wood floor and the prints and tones available certainly do mimic the look of real wood! Oak wood-look kitchen tiles offer an authenticity and warmth just as real oak does, working beautifully with oak beams – an ever-popular feature to have whether it be in a new build or an original element of character properties. The Henbury Antique Oak wood porcelain ticks all the boxes for a neutral oak wood-look porcelain. Wood effect porcelain, unlike real wood, is also suitable for underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is an increasingly popular asset to have in the home – providing warmth from the floor up!
9. Herringbone and chevron tile trends
One kitchen floor trend for 2023 has to be herringbone and chevron tile formats! Whether it is a smaller parquet wood tile or a larger wood effect tile, these alternative laying patterns add something a little different to a kitchen. The key distinction between herringbone and chevron is that herringbone tiles meet at a 90-degree angle for an effective zigzag look, whereas the chevron format meet neatly together at one point. Traditionally, parquet kitchen flooring is laid in a herringbone format. Below is the ‘Falmouth Sandy Oak’ wood look porcelain tile in a herringbone pattern.
10. Whitewashed and coastal wood-look tiles
If you’re wishing to create a light and airy feel to your home, then the whitewashed and coastal kitchen floor trend is for you! The soft neutral tones in wood effect tiles help to create a calm and inviting kitchen space with a coastal feel. The Belsford porcelain collection offers a lovely driftwood effect kitchen floor tile that fits the style perfectly. The distressed look of this wood effect tile also provides a forgiving surface for everyday busy homes.
Frequently asked questions
1. What tile size should I choose for my kitchen floor?
The size tile you go for is personal preference – there is no right or wrong! However, over the years we have developed a keen eye on what sizes and formats work best for all shapes and styles of kitchens. All our natural stone and porcelain tiles are mostly stocked in large format sizes. Natural stone tends to be 500mm width by free-length (random lengths) or 600mm width by free-length (random lengths). Stone effect porcelain is most commonly 1200×600, 900×600 or 800×800 in size. A large format tile works in open plan kitchens and helps to minimise grout lines and maximise the focus on the tile. Alternatively, porcelain is also available in smaller 600×300 or 600×600 for smaller spaces such as a galley kitchen – for natural stone we would advise a 600×400 tile size.
2. What is the difference to natural stone and porcelain?
Natural stone, as it says in the name, is an entirely natural product that is formed over millions of years – whether it be a limestone, sandstone, or marble. The characteristics, colours and finishes between natural stone vary which provides a wide variety of choice for the flooring market.
A porcelain tile is a man-made product made of clay that is fired to an extremely high temperature (upwards of 1200 c). With state-of-the-art printing on porcelain tiles significantly advancing, porcelain offers many realistic stone look and wood look possibilities.
Both natural stone and porcelain are ever-popular options for kitchen floors thanks to their dense and hardwearing qualities. Natural stone does need sealing but only every 3-5 years and is low maintenance, whilst porcelain does not require sealing and is pretty much maintenance free.
3. How do I look after my kitchen floor?
A kitchen floor will probably see the most footfall and use than any other room in the house! With this in mind, porcelain and natural stone are very practical options with just a few key steps needed to look after your stone floor and keep it looking its best for years to come.
Natural stone needs sealing when installing which acts as a protective barrier against stains, vacuuming with a brush attachment is recommended and spot cleaning any spillages promptly. Any harsh, acidic cleaners need to be avoided with natural stone – look for pH neutral cleaners and cleaners that say, ‘suitable for natural stone’. If you do have any stubborn stains on the tiles, there are products available to help remove these. Keeping mopping to a minimum will help the sealant to last longer and avoid mopping excess dirt into the grout.
When it comes to porcelain you do not need to seal the tiles, and the surface is not as sensitive to spillages or cleaners. We still advise brushing or vacuuming for day-to-day maintenance, but in addition you can also use a steam mop.
One big benefit of looking after a natural stone or porcelain kitchen floor is that not only are they hardwearing materials, but also very forgiving – because of the natural variation, details or prints found in the tiles that disguise everyday dust and dirt.
So, there we have it! Our top 10 kitchen flooring trends for 2023 that hopefully inspire and help you on the journey to finding your perfect stone kitchen floor. There are plenty of different floor options currently trending that will offer you a beautiful, but enduring floor, that will stand the test of time.