What Flooring Goes with Hickory Cabinets?

Hickory cabinets are found in a variety of homes ranging from country to rustic and even Mediterranean designs. They have a naturally golden brown color with dark grain lines, offering a very nice natural pattern that can be paired with a variety of flooring materials.

Kitchen with hickory cabinets and pine flooring

The nice thing about having wood cabinets is that wood can be stained in a wide variety of colors. Unfortunately Hickory wood in particular does not stain well, it can be done, but it is a bit of a challenging procedure. It can also be bleached to be a pale white color.

Flooring Colors For Hickory Cabinets

Kitchen with hickory cabinets and laminate flooring

Hickory wood displays a wide range of colors for light to dark hues that frequently show red undertones. Here is a breakdown of some of the color combinations and the styles they can showcase.

Floor Color Characteristics Style
Natural & Light Wood Tones Matches the light tones in hickory offering a bright feel. Examples: maple, light-tone oak and bamboo. Bright and expands the space
Dark Wood Tones Provides striking contrast to light-hued hickory. Examples: walnut and dark stained oak. Dramatic and Elegant
Gray & Charcoal Balance the combination with hickory with a cooler, contemporary style. Modern and Contemporary
Earth Tones Goes with the warm feel of hickory. Examples to use: terracotta tile, deep reds, and warm browns. Rustic and Traditional
Whitewashed & Bleached Wood Brighten the overall feel and provide a modern contrast. Scandinavian or Coastal
Stone or Tile Earth tones in stone or tile. Go for slate, travertine, or ceramic tiles. Versatile and Consistent

Flooring is a perfect opportunity to add some color to the room to offset the neutral colors the Hickory brings out. Adding accents coordinating with the hues of the hickory wood will give dimension as well as cohesiveness to the space.

Warmer hues can incorporate the oranges or reds into the floors, which can be reinforced with accessories. Cooler hues can include blues or greens, whether it is accent sections, mixed into the pattern of the floor, or even just a coordinating hue from the wood to the flooring.

Kitchen with hickory cabinets and hickory flooring

A phenomenal way to make the knots in the cabinetry to really pop is to get flooring that is the same color as the dark grain. This ties together the floor and cabinetry as well as accents the cabinets’ natural wood beauty.

This could be done more literally, using hickory cabinets with hickory floors. This can mimic the color of the grain, or be done more abstractly, using vinyl or stone in a similar color to bring a strong, cohesive look to the space.

Kitchen with hickory cabinets and vinyl flooring

Here’s an example of a country kitchen design with hickory cabinets paired with a darker wood look vinyl floors.

Kitchen with hickory cabinets dark vinyl floors and black granite counters

Keeping things neutral is a big trend currently. With the light wood and the possibility of bleaching (to bring a white look to the wood) these cabinets have a great contrast with a dark neutral flooring.

This gives a black-and-white look, which is desirable in a lot of modern spaces. Adding a unique mosaic backsplash, or a vibrant granite countertop prevents the design from becoming a bland, one note look.

Flooring Materials

Kitchen with hickory cabinets and tile flooring

Tile flooring is a great option for kitchens, especially with Hickory cabinets. Tile floors can include ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, etc. Tiles are available in a wide range of colors, meaning you can choose a dark color to match the wood grain, as mentioned previously, or even throw an accent into the mix with an exciting red or blue, possibly coordinating with the paint on the walls or accessories in the kitchen.

Kitchen with dark hickory cabinets and light laminate flooring

Vinyl flooring is another option that offers these color options while keeping a lower cost, and lighter load. Vinyl can be made to look like stone, wood, or any color imaginable. This option does not add much value to a home, but it is a great deal cheaper than the tiles mentioned above.

Flooring Patterns

U shaped kitchen with hickory cabinets and hickory floors

As mentioned, Hickory wood has quite a bit of natural texture and pattern. As to not overpower the wood cabinets it is best to not include a pattern, or just use as very light, non-overpowering pattern in the flooring. Doing so keeps the attention on the wood cabinetry without overwhelming the design. To see more related ideas visit our rustic kitchen cabinets page.

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  1. Can you tell me what stain is on cabinets. I really like the cabinets that are pictured with the different colored subway tile. The one with the tv in

  2. I like the floor in this last picture. The hickory cabinets look a lot like mine. What floor and color was used in this kitchen. Thanks.

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