Black is a color that's permeating nearly every square inch of homes these days. From bathrooms to bedrooms to even exteriors, it's a surprising hue that looks decidedly cool and modern. As you search for kitchen flooring ideas, you might be looking at traditional options like oak hardwood floors or white tile. But have you considered a black kitchen floor?
A black kitchen floor actually has more pros than you'd think. For example, there are tons of materials available that feature the hue, like wood, or ceramic, or cement tile. It's an instant way to bring depth and style into any kitchen. And it shockingly works in a variety of kitchen styles — a black kitchen floor looks fantastic in a modern space but it's equally eye-catching in a farmhouse kitchen.
There are some things to keep in mind if your heart is set on a black kitchen floor. For instance, dirt and dust show up on a black kitchen floor more easily than a light kitchen floor, so get ready for some maintenance. Scratches can be more obvious, too. And although some say that black floors will make a kitchen look smaller, we think that they can truly go anywhere. Even a galley kitchen looks amazing with a black floor.
Now that we've shared our do's and don'ts, it's time for the fun part. Here are seven ideas for black kitchen floors that we adore.
1. Black and white is a classic combo.
If you have a white kitchen and you're hunting for kitchen flooring ideas, you may want to give a black kitchen floor some consideration. The contrasting hues are always a home run, which means your kitchen will be relatively trend-proof. It's a fact that's proven in this black and white kitchen styled by Lauren Louise Design.
2. A black floor is perfect in a farmhouse kitchen.
While farmhouse kitchens tend to be easy and breezy, we think they receive some much-needed dimension and visual interest through a black kitchen floor. Whether it's wood, tile, or in the case of this Jones Design Company kitchen, vinyl, you can't go wrong with a black floor in a farmhouse kitchen.
Get the look: Shaw Floors Vinyl in "Flight," Price Upon Request
3. Vary the sizes.
Dreaming of slate for your black kitchen floor? We recommend switching up the sizes of each slate piece to make your floor look a lot more intriguing and creative. This kitchen spotlighted by Todd Wigant, also known as The Tile Whisperer, has perfected this look.
4. Go graphic and patterned.
We want to let you know that if an all-black kitchen floor just isn't your thing, it's more than OK to bring in some white as well. In fact, we think a black and white patterned floor is exactly the cool juxtaposition your kitchen needs. We especially love this patterned floor in a kitchen belonging to Brooke of Nesting with Grace.
5. Paint a wood floor.
If your kitchen came with wood floors (yay!), you can always take things up a notch and paint them black. It's a good way to hide any nicks or wear from over the years, and it really looks stunning, as evidenced in this kitchen belonging to Maggie of Our Edwardian Home.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball's Railings
6. Give a galley kitchen depth.
Why yes, you can give the black kitchen floor treatment to a teeny-tiny space. Actually, we think a black kitchen floor looks spot-on in a galley kitchen, like this one residing in an Airbnb called Salty Views.
Get the look: Porter's Original Paints Palm Beach Black
7. Create a piece of art.
When you install a black floor in your kitchen that spotlights a white pattern, you immediately create a piece of art that sits beneath your feet. This artistic vibe is witnessed in an oh-so-stylish kitchen shared by Overstock.