Flooring For Our Open Plan Room

With open plan room’s popularity soaring in recent years, we have to find ways round getting in as nice as possible! More and more homeowners are ripping out their old, outdated kitchens in favour of the stylish open plan room! With many of us needing to keep an eye on little ones while cooking, or wanting a social room to entertain guests, the open plan room is sometimes the best option! But what is the best flooring for large rooms? Let’s have a look at some of the most popular options…

The first thing to remember is to use the same flooring throughout, you definitely don’t want patchy areas! So, you’ll need a flooring that’s going to accommodate both the needs of a kitchen and living room. The kitchen is likely to come into contact with lots of water spillages, so a floor that is water resistant is your first starter. With this in mind, solid wood isn’t great. Instead opt for laminate or luxury vinyl tiles, as they look strikingly similar to real wood and are much more water friendly! As well as this, solid wood doesn’t cope well with differing temperatures meaning under-floor heating is a big no. Disappointing as this is often something we want in our open plan room!

Engineered Wood

A fantastic choice especially if you’re not wanting to lose solid wood’s aesthetic benefits. It looks identical to its counterpart and is more adaptable and good tempered.  Although it uses natural products, it is mainly man made and can cope with things solid cannot such as differing temperatures and water spillages. However, it is not completely water resistant, so bear this in mind!

Engineered wood isn’t cheap however, so if you’re looking for something a little more affordable laminate and luxury vinyl tiles are a good bet. Coming in many patterns, wood types and textures, it’s almost identical to the real thing!

So, if you’re stuck for ideas for your open plan room or haven’t even got as far as to decide to get one yet, at least you know you don’t have to worry about the question of flooring! It all depends on what’s most important to you – if you need to save the pennies then laminate is always a good bet, but if you’re wanting to really splash out on luxury then engineered wood is ideal!