There are so many perfect flooring ideas for kitchen with oak cabinets on the market, ranging from durable hardwood flooring solutions to slate tiles for a more defined, Farmhouse style look.
Oak as a finish is hugely popular for its warm yet versatile design appeal in a home. This style of cabinetry is perfect for traditional to contemporary homes, from shaker style to handleless units.
If you’re at the design stage of your kitchen and looking for some flooring inspo, here are 21 stunning flooring ideas for kitchen with oak cabinets that you will love!
What Flooring Goes Best With Oak Kitchen Cabinets?
There are so many different flooring solutions that work well with oak kitchen cabinets, but it’s going to totally depend on the tone of your oak cabinets.
When choosing the right flooring, you do need to let your oak kitchen cabinets lead the way. If you have mid-dark oak cabinets, darker, more defining wooden flooring can work, as does white and black floor tiles.
As well as considering the oak cabinets, you need to consider what your interior style is too. If you have a farmhouse interior, light hardwood flooring is a great choice. If you have a mid century modern interior, black and white floor tiles would be a nice addition.
Before we delve into 21 different types of flooring ideas for kitchen with oak cabinets in situ, here are just some types of flooring ideas that you may want to consider;
- Luxury vinyl tile
- Hardwood flooring
- Laminate flooring
- Porcelain tiles
- Ceramic tiles
- Lino tiles
- Luxury Lino tiles
- Reclaimed wooden floorboards
21 Stunning Flooring Ideas For Kitchen With Oak Cabinets
1.Terazzo Floor Tiles For A Pop of Color
Terrazzo floor tiles are hugely popular in interiors, they bring a charming pop of color without being too in your face.
For this type of style floor tile to work, they do need to be paired with simplistic, minimal cabinets which is definitely true with these light wood oak cabinets.
Your eyes are immediately drawn to the floor tiles, yet the cabinets add some gorgeous warmth into the equation.
2. White Lino Tiles For A Neutral Foundation
Oak cabinets are naturally warm in tone so you might choose to keep your flooring really simple to let the kitchen take center stage.
White Lino tiles will deliver a neutral foundation that is perfect for minimalist, traditional and contemporary kitchen schemes.
3. Light Hardwood Kitchen Flooring
Hardwood flooring is a great choice with oak cabinets. Whilst it carries a more significant investment than Lino and laminate flooring, it is one of the most durable flooring solutions, it’s made to last and aesthetically, it looks better.
There’s a misconception that you can’t pair differing wooden tones together, and you absolutely can! Differing tones delivers far greater visual interest to a scheme, but you either need to go lighter or darker than your oak cabinets for it to work.
4. Wood Effect Laminate Flooring
Nowadays you can get just as aesthetically pleasing laminate flooring as you can with hardwood flooring. Laminate can easily be laid as a DIY project and it’s less susceptible to swelling and marking.
This light wood effect laminate is a similar tone to the oak cabinets, but delivers a really Scandinavian style feel.
5. Mid Tone Hardwood Flooring
I absolutely love this mid tone hardwood flooring used in this oak kitchen.
It adds a really grounding and defining look to the space which contrasts so well with the oak island and cream cabinets.
Introduce brass accents into a space like this, it will add instant warmth and visual interest. Use on light fittings, faucets and hardware details to tie the look together.
6. Slab Tiles
Slab tiles like this are a great choice for pairing with oak cabinets.
Tiles are super easy to maintain and clean and they can be more cost effective than other flooring solutions like hardwood flooring.
Opt for lighter tiles to retain a neutral look and let the oak cabinets exude warmth into the space.
7. Reclaimed Wooden Flooring
Perhaps you’ve exposed some original wooden flooring in your kitchen that just needs a bit of TLC?
If you can easily restore wooden flooring in your home it can be more cost effective, and it can be in keeping with the period of your property.
It adds a touch of period authenticity to a space like this and the slightly weathered, rustic look works perfectly with oak cabinets.
8. Dark Lino Flooring
Darker tones on a floor can be a super way to add instant definition and a touch of modernity to your oak kitchen.
This dark Lino flooring is relatively affordable and easy to fit, the dark slate color delivers a striking contrast against the light oak cabinets and beam, it looks perfect in a contemporary, handleless kitchen like this.
9. Terracotta Hexagonal Tiles
Terracotta is enjoying quite the renaissance right now in interiors and it delivers a warm, rustic finish against both light and dark toned oak cabinets like this.
I love the addition of the two tonal cabinets with sage green in the equation, because the flooring and cabinets are quite dark, the sage green neutralises and creates a gorgeous balance with these darker tones.
10. Light Stone Floors
If you want a simple, timeless floor, light stone floor tiles will create a neutral foundation that are durable and long lasting.
It works so well in a minimalist, Scandic and contemporary kitchen, as the oak cabinets bring a touch of rustic warmth into the color scheme. Finish with white walls to retain that sleek simplicity in the kitchen.
11. Mid-dark Wooden Flooring
The color of your oak cabinets should lead the way when choosing wooden flooring. If you have slightly light oak cabinets, opt for mid-dark wooden flooring like this.
It will define the space and set a boundary against the cabinets.
I’d always recommend adding a gorgeous runner rug to a kitchen like this, it will break up the monotony of the wooden tones and breathe some much needed color into the scheme.
12. White Flooring
If you want a really neutral, simplistic kitchen, you can’t go wrong with classic white flooring.
Whether you choose white Lino tiles, you paint wooden floorboards or add laminate flooring, white is a great base color that lets oak cabinets take center stage.
White flooring is not a great choice if you have pets or a busy household though as you will forever be cleaning those floors!
13. Terracotta Herringbone Floor Tiles
This is perhaps one of my favorite flooring ideas for kitchen with oak cabinets. The terracotta herringbone style tiles create strong visual interest, yet they aren’t overly red so they have a timeless appeal.
But, can we discuss the baby blue tones in this kitchen.
I am obsessed with this gorgeous two tonal look, it balances beautifully with the dark tones on the flooring and oak cabinets.
Introduce brass accents to tie the space together and really bring some warmth and visual interest into the scheme.
14. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Luxury vinyl plank flooring can be a nicer alternative to Lino and traditional vinyl, yet it’s still more cost effective than hardwood flooring.
Herringbone style flooring remains an enduringly popular choice for flooring, and these lighter tones work perfectly with the sage green and oak cabinets in this kitchen.
15. Black & White Lino Flooring
I always think that flooring is the one area that you need to consider first, but one you can have a little bit of fun with too.
Black and white is not only a timeless color scheme on floor tiles, but it can blend seamlessly into a myriad of interior schemes.
These black and white Lino tiles carry a dated look with them, yet they look so perfect against the oak cabinets, pair with black hardware to cement, and tie the look together.
16. Dark Wooden Flooring
This aged, dark wooden flooring is a great alternative to light wood flooring. It pairs beautifully with the light oak kitchen island and darker cabinets.
The differing tones of wood create visual interest in a good way, the key here is that they have opted for differing tones of wood, if you opt for tones the same the entire look will feel ‘wishy washy’, whilst the darker tones in this scheme really define and ground the kitchen.
17. Light Ash Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring remains one of my favourite choices in a home.
If it’s not your forever home, I would lean more towards suggesting this type of flooring for a kitchen as it’s much more cost effective, yet it’s durable too.
The light ash wood works surprisingly well with the light oak kitchen island, however, as the other cabinets are a neutral color, it works really well in the color scheme.
As the kitchen is very light in tones, introduce brass accents and a few pops of color on decor accessories and a runner rug to bring some much needed warmth into the scheme.
18. Wooden Herringbone Flooring
Another example of how herringbone flooring can look effective in an oak kitchen.
Whilst the tones of wood are quite similar, the herringbone style ignites visual interest in the kitchen.
DO add a colourful runner rug to a kitchen like this, it’s going to create a boundary in the space and break up the monotony of the wooden tones.
19. Light Wood Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring comes in so many different finishes so you can really find something perfect for your oak kitchen.
I’d always recommend getting at least 2 samples so you can try it in your space, and see how it looks in different light during the day.
Light wood flooring like this is hugely popular right now in farmhouse, modern and contemporary homes, it lets your interior take center stage and it brings a gorgeously rustic quality with it too.
20. Similar Oak Toned Flooring
There are exceptions to the rule about choosing flooring that is the same wooden tone as your cabinets.
You just need to ensure that you add a defining accent to the scheme such as black, it will define the color scheme and make the oak tones pop in the space.
21. Neutral Porcelain Tiles
Lastly, neutral porcelain tiles can deliver a gorgeous, fresh and inviting look to an oak kitchen.
Porcelain tiles are hardwearing, durable and easy to maintain. They can typically make an interior feel a bit cooler, but the oak cabinets really introduce warmth and contrast really well with the neutral tones.
Which of these flooring ideas for kitchen with oak cabinets is your favourite look?
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