It is never an easy decision choosing the appropriate flooring for the kitchen. With the amount of chaos that frequents this particular area of the home, it takes some real consideration before choosing between tile and hardwood flooring.

Some things to consider include durability, functionality and ultimately the flooring materials. Take a look at the following points before making a decision.

Things to consider

The most commonly used flooring materials in the kitchen space is tile and hardwood. Kitchens tend to be a room within the house that is used most frequently with cooking, baking, or activity happening within the room at least three times a day.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are times the kitchen is most commonly used, and we can’t forget about holidays. Get a floor that is durable enough to take the intensity of pie baking, turkey prepping and dish washing, with accidents and all.

The flooring ought to have the capability of withstanding the constant movement of multiple pairs of feet coupled with the durability to withstand the blunt force trauma of falling pots, pans, glass and cooking utensils, as well as hot coffee spills, boiling water spills, sticky egg yolk or syrup spills, sauce spills and any type of accident that you wouldn’t think would happen but does.

Whether it be because your kid distracted you, the dog bumped something, or you accidentally knocked into something, accidents are always bound to happen. Tile is capable of withstanding the abuse that might occur day to day, and hardwood has a great propensity to sustain damage. Both options are better to have than carpets and rugs in these areas as it is harder to get such accidents removed from and harder to endure all the commotion that occurs in the kitchen.


Before you make your decision, you should be aware that Tile density and moisture absorption have an indirect relationship. The tile becomes stronger as weight or density increases, however as this happens, the amount of moisture the tile can absorb becomes less. Keep this in mind if you have a lot of clumsy spillers in the family.

Hardwood on the other hand will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes that can cause slight hairline cracks, slight height variations, or both. However, this is not considered a defect as you should understand that wood moves naturally.

For more helpful information, visit our website and checkout the ‘before you buy’ section under tile and hardwood for more things to consider in order to buy the floor better sustainable for your particular home life.


When it comes to the decorative aspect of flooring, personal preference and taste can accentuate and sophisticate the kitchen space.

For a more relaxed, inviting and homely feel consider hardwood. The natural accents bring about a rustic and classical feel. Between the earthy wood tones and warm color palette hardwood adds a unique personality and feel to the kitchen.

Tile on the other hand is sleek, elegant and minimalistic. Where the dark, earthy tones of the hardwood provide a warm and inviting sense to the kitchen, tile illuminates bringing forth vibrance and energy. Accentuated by natural lighting, tile can provide a greater sense of space to a smaller kitchen space.

Time to choose

Choosing the flooring that is best suited for your kitchen doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be fun! Get in the decorative mood and picture the type of kitchen floor you want! Consider the materials that best suit your home life and allow for your personality to dictate the direction you choose!