Kitchens overheating is generally more of a complaint than kitchens having a bit of a chill. Pair that with ease of cleaning (and the recent heat wave) and we think these "cool" flooring options are looking pretty good:
- Stone Tile: Shown here in carrara marble, stone tile is readily available and comes in a wide variety of options.
- Stone Slab: Even cooler yet, stone slab is thicker than tile and has a significant cooling effect on spaces where it's installed. Think Italian villa.
- Ceramic or Porcelain Tile: Probably the most affordable of options, these materials still provide a cooling effect. We've been in many homes with ceramic or porcelain tile kitchen floors that feel cool underfoot.
- Concrete Slab: Did we say the previous material was probably the cheapest. Scratch that, because exposing a plain old concrete subfloor is cheaper yet (if it's there to begin with) and is thermally cool to boot. Don't have a concrete subfloor but want a concrete look? Check out Artflor concrete tiles.
Do you love that cool feeling of hard flooring in a summer kitchen?
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(Images: NJ Serra Granite, Sheviock Barton via The Kitchn, House to Home, number9)