2022 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Kitchen Flooring Ideas to Update Your Style

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, it’s essential to choose a floor that looks sharp and modern but still functions the way you need a kitchen floor to function. The latest kitchen flooring trends can inspire your search.

If you use your kitchen even a little bit, you already know your kitchen floor must be extremely durable. It’s also important to make sure your floor isn’t sensitive to spills, water, stains, and everything else that life throws at it. The good news is, you don’t have to choose between just hardwood and tile.

The endless flooring options available are leading to even cooler, more exciting kitchen themes than ever before. This style guide will show you the hottest colors, patterns, and trends, including rustic, farmhouse, industrial, and contemporary kitchen flooring

Let’s get started!

2022 Trending Kitchen Flooring Types

Okay, so I mentioned that, in the kitchen, you don’t want a high-maintenance kitchen floor. In 2022 and, I believe, for at least the next decade, you will see a surge in low-maintenance flooring like waterproof vinyl.

There are also a ton of more high-end luxury trends like marble and engineered wood. Take a look at how many options are available these days! It’s crazy.

Waterproof Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

This vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof. There are two options for waterproof vinyl floors: WPC vinyl and SPC vinyl. Both options are trendy right now, but SPC is slightly newer, and it’s growing faster.

WPC stands for wood plastic composite but is also commonly referred to as waterproof core. The core layer is completely waterproof. You’ll see WPC vinyl planks with prints mimicking the hottest wood trends including distressed and handscraped looks that can fool even a discerning eye.

Meanwhile, SPC is made from a stone-plastic composite core. It’s also entirely waterproof, but the core is more rigid. That’s why SPC is also called rigid core vinyl flooring. SPC is like WPC vinyl on steroids. You get the tough, waterproof, gorgeous floors WPC is known for with that new, extra-strong rigid core.

Will the waterproof vinyl kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Absolutely! Waterproof vinyl floors are the fastest growing floors on market, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms, and other water-prone areas.


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Vinyl Sheet Kitchen Flooring

Mannington Benchmark 6' Vinyl Sheet

So what’s new in the world of sheet vinyl? Answer: just about everything! New colors, patterns, textures, and materials are offering homeowners an easy upgrade. Fiberglass cores and backing ensure better durability. Plus, the stone-look and wood-look textures have never looked better, boasting exquisite detail.

Natural looks aren’t the only area where vinyl sheets excel. Unlike most other vinyl products, sheets also offer bright, decorative patterns.

Best of all, vinyl sheets can be temporary, especially if they have that fiberglass backing. That means you can lay it out with ease, and pull it up without a lot of hassle. Renters rejoice! Finally, a temporary flooring solution that doesn’t look temporary.

Will the sheet vinyl flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

For sure, you’re going to see sheet vinyl making a big come-back in the years to come. It’s durable, easy to install, and versatile enough to come in tons of styles, patterns, and colors. What’s not to love?


Tile Kitchen Flooring

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I hesitate to call this a trend because tile floors have been the kitchen flooring staple for years. Tile is known for being durable and easy to clean, perfect for kitchens.

But, with the surge in wood kitchen flooring, is tile on its way out?

Not at all! Tile is still as trendy in kitchens as ever before. However, the trending tile looks have truly evolved over the last 5-10 years.

With current flooring trends, I talk a lot about technology. Technology has given us the ability to achieve virtually any look with any type of flooring.

The wood-look tile kitchen flooring trend is super hot right now. Tile manufacturers are keeping up with the times and following the trends of contemporary wood and stone. This means you can have the sleek, current kitchen of your dreams with good ol’ dependable tile flooring.

Will the tile kitchen last in 2022 and beyond?

Absolutely! I predict that tile will never fully go out of style in the kitchen

I just recommend following the current wood and stone flooring trends to get a tile look that will stay current for the lifetime of your floor.


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Laminate Kitchen Flooring

14mm KronoSwiss Origin Wide Plank Laminate

Laminate was the original wood-look kitchen flooring. Before laminate took off, you didn’t see many kitchens with wood (or wood-look) floors.

Before laminate, kitchen floors were often tile, old-school vinyl, or even-older-school linoleum. Throwing an inexpensive wood-look option into the mix changed things.

If you ask me, I would say laminate flooring is responsible for many of the current kitchen flooring trends and other flooring trends, as well.

As technology improves, so does laminate flooring. You will see even more convincing wood looks and all of the current wood trends including handscraped wood looks, and distressed wood looks.

And! Now, there is even water-resistant laminate! Now this is flooring perfect for the kitchen!

Will the laminate kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

I don’t think so. Over the next couple of years, homeowners will probably continue to use laminate floors in their kitchens, and the wood-look will stay current.

However, I predict that newer, more waterproof options will likely be trending in the kitchen and all around the house over the next decade. If waterproof laminate advances more, we might see a comeback.


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Engineered Wood Kitchen Flooring

Anderson Bandsaw Natural Timbers Engineered Wood

Sticking with the wood kitchen flooring trend, engineered wood is a relatively new kid on the block. A step up in durability and perception from laminate, engineered wood is the only option (aside from solid hardwood, obviously) that is made from real wood.

Engineered wood features a thin veneer top layer of solid wood; however, the remaining base of the product is made up of artificial materials. This base could be composed of plywood or high-density fiberboard.

If you want real wood in your kitchen, engineered wood is the way to go. It’s less expensive than solid hardwood and the artificial base is more water-resistant than solid wood.

Engineered wood is extremely durable and offers looks in just about every trending wood look. With no extra finishing or refinishing required, engineered wood is out-of-the-box ready and, often, super easy to install yourself. I think of it as the busy homeowner’s wood flooring

Will the engineered wood kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

I think so. It is the only option other than solid hardwood that looks exactly like the real deal. And people love the real deal. I believe engineered wood flooring will quickly become a kitchen staple


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2022 Trending Kitchen Flooring Looks

New technology gives us the ability to realistically mimic countless natural and man-made materials in many different materials. This is changing the game in kitchen flooring and, really, flooring in general.

Below, you’ll see new, contemporary kitchen flooring looks that you never dreamed would be possible.

There are some pretty cool things happening. Some will turn into kitchen flooring staples, while some are just fads. Don’t worry; we’ll steer you in the right direction.

Wood-Look Kitchen Flooring

COREtec Pro Plus 7 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

Wood and wood looks in the kitchen have been popular for years and years, but the real high quality looks weren’t accessible to everyone.

Solid hardwood flooring is expensive, finicky, and not ideal for areas where there will be a lot of moisture, like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. While solid hardwood is still widely sought after in the kitchen, homeowners are beginning to discover all kinds of gorgeous options that rival solid hardwood’s sharp looks.

And, no, I’m not just talking about laminate, unless it’s waterproof. Waterproof laminate is new and awesome and trending!

I’m mostly talking about waterproof vinyl planks and wood-look tile flooring. These two are perfect for the high demands of even the busiest kitchen.

With these new durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in your kitchen, worry-free.

Will the wood-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

1,000 times, yes! Wood-look flooring is a trend across the entire home that isn’t going away anytime soon.

This trend will only increase, both in the kitchen and out, over the next decade and beyond.


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Stone-Look Kitchen Flooring

Shaw Great Plains 12' wide Vinyl Sheet

Stone-look kitchen flooring is perfect for the more rustic or industrial kitchen looks. While not as popular as the wood-look style, stone-look floors are still a go-to for many homeowners.

The thing about natural stone is that it’s more expensive and requires extra maintenance because it’s porous. If you’re not up for that, the good news is vinyl and tile floors can mimic the gorgeous look of stone. You can achieve these gorgeous stone looks without the price tag or the maintenance hassles.

A few of the most popular stone looks in 2022 will be:

Slate-look flooring: Clean, natural, and edgy, slate kitchen floors are great for minimalist decor. Just like marble, you can expect to see slate looks in ceramic and vinyl tile.Limestone-look flooring: With limestone-look flooring, you can enjoy the natural beauty and color variations of stone without the higher price.Travertine-look flooring: Travertine-look flooring is classic. With the growing trends of unique, designer shapes in flooring, travertine is experiencing a well-deserved refresh. You can now find the gorgeous, sought-after look of travertine in more modern styles.Concrete-look flooring: Concrete is a little different from natural stone looks, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you’re a fan of the industrial or warehouse aesthetic, then you’re going to love concrete-look flooring. It’s minimalist, contemporary, and oh-so chic.

Will the stone-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

You betcha! Stone looks are classic in the kitchen and, with technological advancements, you will only see them more often over the next couple of decades.


Marble-Look Kitchen Flooring

Daltile RevoTile - Stone Visual

The kitchen is one of the best places in the home to pull out all the stops when it comes to renovation because it’s guaranteed to increase home value. If you’re looking for a high-end luxury floor, then marble is for you.

Real marble kitchen flooring offers one-of-a-kinds looks with beautiful swirling patterns. Bright, clean, elegant marble floors have been one of the hottest gems on the flooring market for centuries.

But maybe you’re working on a tight budget. Plenty of marble-look tiles can give you a convincing appearance with a smaller price tag. Ceramic tile manufacturers have mastered the marble look and they bring it to you in a less porous, more durable, less expensive, and more accessible material. It is the best of all worlds.

Will the marble kitchen last in 2022 and beyond?

For sure. Marble is timeless. If you invest in a marble look, your home will always be in style.


Concrete-Look Kitchen Flooring

Daltile Chord

Concrete looks are making their way into contemporary interior design! Huge slabs of concrete tiles, concrete countertops, you name it. This modern, industrial look is in.

While warm, rustic looks are prominent in 2022, there is still a niche for a more cool, detached look. A rustic wood floor is perfect for your family home, while a concrete-look tile is an awesome touch to a trendy apartment

It’s a more specific aesthetic, but a relevant one to look out for this year.

Will the concrete-look kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Eh, I don’t think so. It’s just so contradictory to all the other warm, natural trends we’re seeing. We expect the industrial concrete look to stay trendy for the next few years and then trail off when something new pops up.


Decorative Kitchen Flooring

Daltile Bee Hive

More and more people are using their floor to express their personalities, and nothing packs a punch quite like a decorative tile or decorative vinyl flooring. This is a chance to get creative, with cutting edge, graphic styles that make your floor look like a work of art.

Decorative tile floors can be found in a wide range of styles that match the rest of your space. Here are a couple of decorative tile styles that are going to be huge in 2022:

Geometric kitchen flooring: Get creative with bold shapes, unique colors, and contemporary looks including hexagons, triangles, diamonds, and more.Encaustic tile flooring: With encaustic-look tile, you can expect a bold, highly detailed style, with a lot of colors. Popular styles range from geometrics to florals, to old-world and Victorian. These gorgeous patterns are especially popular in kitchens.Terracotta tile flooring: This is a more rustic, almost handmade look. Terra cotta means “baked earth” in Italian, referring to the oranges and browns in tile. While this flooring won’t be for everyone, it certainly makes an impression.Terrazzo tile flooring: The original terrazzo tiles were made from recycled chips of marble, glass, and concrete, which created a unique speckled look. Now, you can get that sought-after terrazzo look in porcelain tile!

Will the decorative kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

For a while. This trend is bold, and while lots of people will love it, others might want something simpler. For that reason, if you’re planning to resell your home in the next few years, it’s a good idea to go with something more neutral.

2022 Kitchen Flooring Style Trends

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Farmhouse Kitchen Flooring

Daltile Cinematic

Farmhouse style is rustic, but with more charm and clean lines. This style has been super hot in 2020 and will certainly carry on in 2022.

This is probably because it combines the old and the new in a way that’s beautiful and interesting. Often, the color palette is crisp white walls, cabinets, and ceilings with exposed beams and rustic-looking wood.

Contrasting your floor with the wall color makes the flooring be the star of the show. Choose a handscraped, distressed, or reclaimed look for your floors. I would go with a dark gray oak look or dark browns with color variations. The more distressed, the better!

Will the large farmhouse kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Absolutely! While the ultra distressed looks may be more fleeting, handscraped is here to stay and a little distress won’t put you out of style either.

Contemporary Kitchen Flooring

Revotile tile flooring

Well, I mean, this makes sense. Since contemporary means the looks that are popular right now, it absolutely should be trending!

The look of contemporary flooring is clean, smooth, but bold. This is perfect for the open kitchen floor plans that have become super popular over the last few years.

If you want a pop of color in your kitchen, choose a neutral floorwith a light finish. It will make your colors stand out and a light finish makes your kitchen look more open and airy– perfect for this style.

Will the large farmhouse kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

These smooth neutral looks will, likely, always be stylish. However, I believe that what we think of as “contemporary” is currently in the process of a pretty big evolution and that, soon, the contemporary look will include more handscraped and charactered looks

Coastal Kitchen Flooring

COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced 9 Rigid Core Planks

Coastal style brings the beach to you. Don’t mistake this as a beach house only style though; mainlanders are adopting it as well.

Coastal style is light, airy, with plenty of beachy colors like white, gray, blue, and sandy tan. This pairs well with trending whitewashed kitchen floors or a beautiful blonde wood look.

Will the coastal kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

The light and airy look, yes. But the whole coastal vibe? I wouldn’t count on it. I’d recommend choosing a blonde wood and steering away from the whitewashed super coastal look.

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2022 Trending Kitchen Flooring Colors

Going into 2022, cool, contemporary tones are in, as well as whites and grays. You’ll also see a few warmer, middle-of-the-road options sneaking in, especially with more comfortable, homey styles

“Oak Hardwood is still the king of kitchen flooring. The number one thing we are seeing is a throwback to lighter colored hardwood. Gone are the days of dark wood floors, now we are seeing lighter brown tones close to fruitwood. Our clients are asking for brown and gray tones over the reddish hues of the 1990s.”  – Bryan Sebring,Sebring Design

Blonde Wood (and Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

Smokey Mountain Oak Engineered Wood

For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!

As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in blonde wood (and wood-look) floors. Blonde floors, in particular, can give you that light timeless feel

With blonde wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe. All without changing your floors.

The open, light, airy look is especially popular in modern kitchens. Homeowners are now steering away from sharper, modern, industrial looks and trending towards an updated farmhouse style. Light floors are perfect for this!

Contrary to ultra-dark espresso looks, blonde floors make your kitchen feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks. But we’ll get to that later on.

Will the blonde kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

If you ask me, the blonde wood look will become a trend-turned-classic before you can even think about switching it up to something new. If you like them, go for it! They’ll be a hit for quite a while.


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Whitewashed Wood (and Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

Emser Tile Barn

The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.

As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood is at the top of the list.

In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes (similar to the blonde wood looks we discussed earlier), particularly in the kitchen.

Now, when I saw “whitewashed”, I don’t mean a smooth, finished white floor. Whitewashed wood and wood-look floors typically show signs of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.

Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger, and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.

Will the whitewashed kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Over on the east coast, homeowners are still turning their nose up at the whole west coast look and feel. If this trend lasts, it will be regional, at best. If you’re looking for a light wood look, I suggest going for a more versatile blonde look instead.


White Tile Kitchen Flooring

Daltile Bee Hive

Just like the whitewashed wood is trending, bright white tiles are super hot in the kitchen, too. This year, the theme is contrast. You will see luminous whites in unique shapes like fans or hexagons. Or, white tiles setting the backdrop for bright, colorful kitchen decor.

The marble-look tile trend is going to be huge, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and commercial spaces.

White tiles, like white wood, instantly make your kitchen look bigger, especially if you use large format tiles. Put these tiles in a kitchen with lots of natural sunlight for a truly special look.

A great thing about choosing white tiles is you have so many options for counters, cabinets, and decor.  Is there anything that doesn’t go with white? I don’t think so.

Will the white tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Yes! White is super hot right now. As dark looks near the end of their trend cycle, whites are only becoming more popular.

And the marble look? It will never go out of style.


Gray Kitchen Flooring

12mm Gold Coast WaterResist Laminate

Gray has been the hottest trend in flooring, cabinets, paint, and basically everything for the past few years. While its massive popularity is declining slightly in favor of lighter wood looks, it’s still a great choice if you want a more contemporary look.

In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary kitchen. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating with bold colors and creative patterns. Gray floors are the perfect backdrop for this kind of statement.

Will the gray kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Heck, yes! Gray will be hot and trendy for decades to come. I wouldn’t give it a second thought!


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High Color Variation Kitchen Flooring

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High color variation is trending in wood (and wood looks) as well as tile. Wood looks typically feature color variation between planks, whereas high variation in tile typically refers to the amount of color variation in each plank.

Homeowners love the natural, rustic look that higher color variation provides. In nature, stone and wood aren’t so uniform; there are all kinds of inconsistencies.

Now, with modern technology, you can achieve these more random, natural looks with laminate, vinyl, engineered wood, ceramic tile, you name it! This makes your kitchen floor more of a statement piece and tends to pair best with simple but contemporary decor.

Will the high color variation kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

We’re probably nearing the end of high variation flooring being a super popular trend. The challenge with something bold like high color variation is it’s a very specific aesthetic. More subtle variation in wood looks will likely be trendy for the next decade or so. Although, I predict high variation kitchen tiles will stay trendy significantly longer.


2022 Kitchen Flooring Layout and Pattern Trends

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge resurgence in patterned floors. And it all started in the kitchen!

Unfortunately, when people hear the word “pattern” or the dreaded “parquet” (which, BTW, just means pattern), they imagine the horribly out of date 1970s parquet wood floors.

The updated, trending parquet looks, however, are anything but dated. This year, you’ll see sleek, upscale, modern patterns in the kitchen and, really, throughout the home.

“With the popularity of modern and transitional styles in kitchen cabinets, adding textures to the floor like borders have come back in style with chevron and herringbone patterns being the two most popular.” – Bryan Sebring,Sebring Design

Chevron and Herringbone Kitchen Flooring

12mm Mannington Palace Waterproof Laminate

Some people may think chevron and herringbone are the same. Let’s clear up that misconception. While similar, they have their differences.

Herringbone pattern floors create a contemporary zig-zag pattern by connecting two planks at a 90-degree angle. This makes your floor look pretty unique, and it’s easy to DIY, so it’s a popular trend with homeowners.

Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. These floors also feature an arrow-like design, but the planks are angled and come together to a point.

You can find a lot of products with these patterns already built-in, so you don’t have to put in all that effort during installation. I love it when you can take a shortcut, and no one’s ever going to notice. They’ll all be gushing over your dazzling floor without realizing how easy it was.

chevron vs. herringbone

Will the chevron and herringbone kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.

And, it will probably stay trendy in the kitchen the longest.

Hexagon Tile Kitchen Flooring

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Hexagon tiles first gained popularity in the early 20th century, typically accompanied by subway wall tiles. They can provide a similar classic, vintage look to subway tile floors. They started as smaller, busier-looking tiles, but increasingly larger sizes have made them even more popular.

These days, you’ll see ultra-modern, almost futuristic looks. Imagine super clean, sharp lines, whites, blacks and grays, and very minimalist decor. Even metallics! That’s this new futuristic wave of hexagon kitchen floor tiles.

Will the hexagon tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Sparingly. I do believe you’ll continue to see hexagon tile kitchen floors over the next decade. But, the bigger trend will continue to be larger tiles and planks. This is more of a niche market


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Trickling Pattern Kitchen Flooring

Daltile Uniform Mosaics

You’ve probably seen this trend on Pinterest. Trickling floor transitions are the hottest new craze and for a good reason. It looks super cool!

Instead of transitioning to new flooring with a straight line, trickled flooring slowly blends two contrasting flooring types (like tile and planks) so they “trickle” into each other.

This pattern is often achieved with hexagons, but any tile shape will work to create a one-of-a-kind look as you transition from the kitchen to other rooms in your home. It’s the ultimate way to express your creativity.

Will the trickling floor pattern trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Maybe! This bold design is not for everyone, but it does add a unique modern touch to any space. My guess is that the trickling floors trend will grow more in the coming years, but never become the go-to option for flooring.

Checkered Kitchen Flooring

slate flex tiles

That classic black and white checkered kitchen floor is making a big comeback! Retro and vintage black and white flooring has grown in popularity over the last few years.

Checkered kitchen floors are going to be super trendy in 2022. You’ll see a huge resurgence in everything from this time, including the vintage color accents and that quaint, cozy style.

This refreshed vintage look is a great way to update a smaller kitchen. In those days, most kitchens were half the size of the kitchens we have now and the style fit perfectly into that small, homey space.

Personally, I don’t think it would work so well with a huge open floor plan.

Will the checkered kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Not for long. I think this is a look that will be super popular with younger, millennial homeowners for several years to come. However, if you’re thinking about long-term resale value with a wealthier market, I would go with a wood look, instead.

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Patchwork Tile Kitchen Flooring

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Patchwork tiles are a fun new twist on the mosaic trend. Enjoy unique, intricate patterns with the ease of a mix and match design.

The patchwork tile floor trend has evolved from the current obsession with authenticity in design. Who wants a perfectly pristine floor when you can have the personality of a colorful patchwork?

This style leads to a busy-looking floor, that’s for sure. So we recommend you style the rest of your kitchen with neutral colors and simplified lines. With patchwork tiles, your floor does all the talking for you.

Will the patchwork tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

This style will grow among younger homeowners as tastes trend toward

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Wide Plank Kitchen Flooring

wiide plank wood-look flooring in a ktichen

This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your kitchen look larger, more open, and less busy.

At this point, short, thin planks look pretty outdated. Going with smaller planks could significantly reduce your home’s resale value. And also, they just won’t look as good.

Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will maintain these new traditional sizes. But, I recommend getting on board with the large plank trend

Will the wide plank kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time


Large-Format Tile Kitchen Flooring

Shaw Revival Vinyl Tiles

As opposed to tiny subway tiles, this year you will see plenty of extra-large tiles. Large-format tiles have been trending for quite some time with manufacturers continuing to create larger and larger individual tiles.

Wonder why they’re so popular? Large-format tiles make your kitchen look bigger, especially if you choose a light color. Additionally, larger tiles = fewer grout lines. I hate grout anywhere in the house but especially in the kitchen.

Grout is the one thing that makes cleaning tile kind of a pain. It stains more easily than the tile and, because it’s sunken a bit from the tile, it’s harder to get in there and give it a good scrub.

Will the large format tile kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

Without a doubt! Large format tiles and wide planks are here to stay. In the kitchen, and across the home.


2022 Kitchen Flooring Texture Trends

This year, texture will be more prevalent than ever before. In addition to wirebrushed and handscraped wood looks, you’ll also start to see more distressed looks in the kitchen.

As I mentioned above, high variation is in! Not just for colors but textures, as well. You’ll see more and more kitchen floors where no two planks look the same, particularly with handscraped looks.

Handscraped Wood (and Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

Johnson Hardwood Toscana Hickory Engineered Wood

This one is my favorite! Handscraped looks instantly make your kitchen look timeless and expensive. These are perfect for a rustic kitchen with plenty of character. They’re also a great backdrop for industrial kitchens, as well.

Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. Handscraped floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.

You’ll see trendy handscraped wood looks in traditional wood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl and tile. And, honestly, they’re all in! Each floor just has different advantages so it’s really up to you what you’re looking for.

Will the handscraped kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive things.


Wirebrushed Wood (and Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

Shaw Cornerstone Oak Engineered Wood

Homeowners are loving weathered wirebrushed looks. This trendy look adds character to your floor without looking unfinished.

Another bonus of wirebrushed floors? They hide dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point. Especially in the kitchen.

In 2020, wirebrushed floors were the leading trend in textured flooring. However, moving forward, I anticipate that handscraped and distressed looks will knock them out of the running pretty quickly.

While the wirebrushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and handscraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.

Will the wirebrushed kitchen trend last in 2022 and beyond?

While I don’t think it will last forever in the entire home, I do think wirebrushed looks will always have a place in the kitchen. Especially with their ability to hide dirt.

However, if you want a seamless floor throughout your home, I would recommend going handscraped instead.


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Distressed Wood (and Wood-Look) Kitchen Flooring

Shaw Reflections Maple Engineered Wood

People love floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!

With intentional scrapes, knotholes, and even burns, distressed floor textures are meant to give your floor character, like it’s much older than it actually is.

Setting the tone with a floor that looks almost historic instantly gives you an envy-inducing decor. Distressed floors make a great pairing with brick walls, fireplaces, stacked stone, farmhouse kitchens, basically every other hot interior design trend going at the moment.

Will the distressed kitchen flooring trend last in 2022 and beyond?

I do believe distressed looks will continue to be popular, particularly with younger generations. However, I don’t anticipate it will spread quite in the same way as handscraped and wirebrushed looks.

If you’re looking at long term resale value, I would choose handscraped looks



Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on in kitchen flooring right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.