(Thermally) Cool Flooring for the Kitchen

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)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.