Kitchen Floor Inspiration

Updating the flooring in the kitchen this past winter was home-design-game-changing decision, a project I had been consciously avoiding for three years. In part, it was because the existing kitchen floor (a floating laminate) wasn’t in poor condition and replacing something that isn’t broken doesn’t come intuitively to me, but in any case, it never really flowed right with the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, so I wanted it out.

Kitchen Flooring, before.

Choosing and investing in a new floor can be about as nerve wracking as buying a new car or taking a sledgehammer to an unblemished wall. If you’re looking for some inspiring ideas, DIY Network has a gallery of great flooring options to peruse, but keep on reading to see how I overhauled my own kitchen floor:

After installing the tiles in the bathroom, it became quickly apparent that they were the perfect tiles for the kitchen too. Not only were vinyl, so they could ebb and flow with any gradual irregularities in the subfloor, but they were neutral in tone, an interesting scale (12″x24″) and were bound to completely change the look of the room.

Kitchen Flooring, after.

You can read the whole story of their installation here, and see a fun little video of yours truly.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

9 Responses

  1. kristintopping says:

    A kitchen floor is one of the most used and abused floor surfaces in the home. Choosing the best flooring options is important, especially if you want it to last and look good. The style and décor of the kitchen will definitely play a role in your choice, but you must also consider the type of traffic it will receive as well as how difficult it will be to maintain. Traditional wood floors are beautiful and give kitchens a warm cozy feeling.

  2. Dana says:

    I use Vinyl flooring in my kitchen. I like to cook a lot and spend lot of time in my kitchen. The vinyl flooring provides cushion, which makes it easier on your feet.

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  8. Leo Wilson says:

    Like the large tile, just not so much into the color chosen. But, I'd like to have seen the whole kitchen color scheme. Multi-color is good to start with though. Leaves several options should you want to paint or chose a backsplash to compliment the floor….. like a multi-colored glass with similar coloring.

    • merrypad says:

      You'll have to see my kitchen cabinet progress to get a better vision; the tiles are much better without oak. Check in at this Friday to see a complete overhaul. All that's left is a new countertop!


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