By Michelle Gage

Published on May 10, 2017

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge
If you’re looking to inject color, pattern, and personality into your kitchen, but you love white cabinets and subway tile, turn to the floor. A patterned tile might be just the thing your design needs—and it’s so worth the splurge. Plus, here’s a little secret about this type of flooring: It hides spills incredibly well—a particularly important feature in a room where they’re a given.
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Photography by STYLEBYEMILYHENDERSON.COM

Be Bold

Emily Henderson gets it right every time. Her design team nailed this kitchen, which features standout tiles in an incredible pattern. This cement tile is not only functional but also beautiful. The colors are consistent, which is key in a narrow space like this. 

Get the Look: Clé Tile Alhambra

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Photography by RUM MAGAZINE

Binge On Color

A nearly exclusively pink kitchen calls for an equally daring floor tile. We’re loving the subtle variations of the green in the playful floor tiles!

Get the Look: Otura Tile

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Photography by HOUSEOFTURQUOISE.COM

Be Subtle

We are all about the wallpaper in this kitchen. It is bold and bright—much like the cabinet color. If these features are attractive to you, think about keeping the floor tile a bit simpler. These tiny penny round tiles are the perfect contrast to louder accents. The pattern comes in through the placement of color rather than the tile itself.

Get the Look: Mercury Mosaics Penny Rounds

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Photography by ANNA MALMGREN & THERESE WINBERG

Balance It Out

Offset a monochromatic kitchen scheme with a subtle pop of color, reserved for the flooring. Not only does it contribute a more light and airy feel throughout, but it also brings in a burst of character.

Get the Look: Encaustic Cement Tile – A112 Blue

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Photography by Baldini Architecture

Add Edge

Try something a little edgier in your kitchen. These pastel tones are totally on trend, and we applaud the brave design. Our eyes, admittingly, pass by the amazing blush island and go right to the black and white printed tile. In this twist of a kitchen design, the bold tile’s pattern cuts the sweetness that the pastel cabinets provide.

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Photography by WING TA

Simple Print

If you are working with darker cabinets, consider going lighter with the floor tile. This Barcelona-inspired tile is a terrific option for your sleek space. The tile is what makes a basic kitchen brilliant.

Get the Look: Clé Tile Barcelona Two

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Photography by STUDIO-MCGEE.COM

Highlight Cabinets

We are all about these evergreen kitchen cabinets, but have you checked out the floor tile? The black and white print—mixed with white subway tile allows for the cabinets to really pop. Every element of this space is totally dreamy.

Get the Look: Clé Tile Robusto 

 

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