More and more homeowners are ripping out their outdated and tired kitchens in favour of stylish, modern and highly practical open-plan rooms. With many of us having to keep an eye on the little ones while cooking, while also wanting one large room to entertain guests or enjoy the comforting noise of family life, the popularity of open plan room has soared in recent years. They offer the perfect solution if you’re looking to make your home feel that bit more spacious – it’s also way more sociable! But what’s the best flooring for these large rooms? Since it will be used for a mixture of reasons, you’ll want a floor which will accommodate these needs.
The first rule to follow is to use the same flooring throughout as you don’t want any patchy areas! So, you’ll want a floor which suits both the needs of the kitchen and living room. The kitchen is likely to come into contact with water spillages, so a floor that is water resistant or proof is ideal. With this in mind, it rules out solid wood flooring, as although many of us enjoy its authentic charm, it does not cope well with liquid or fluctuating temperatures meaning it is probably not the best choice for an open-plan room.
So that leaves us with a few different options. While vinyl is highly durable and affordable, as well water, scratch and stain proof, it doesn’t give the same quality level to open spaces as other flooring alternatives. Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your open-plan room, you don’t want to sacrifice style!
Therefore, we’d recommend either or laminate as the best choices for an open-plan room. Engineered largely looks identical to its solid counterpart and is arguably the most adaptable floor where you don’t have to sacrifice style or practicality. Although engineered wood uses natural products, it is mainly a man-made product which means it’s able to withstand things solid can’t. The main being it is able to cope with underfloor heating, the perfect addition to add warmth and comfort to you open-plan family room! Its ability to cope with moisture better makes it easier to clean than solid wood. However, it is not totally water resistant, so bear this in mind.
Engineered wood isn’t a cheap option, so if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative then we’d recommend laminate. It comes in very convincing imitations of real wood, so you don’t have to give up that gorgeous authentic appearance you’ve been after. Available in many patterns, wood types, colours and textures, you can nearly always get exactly what you want.
So, if you’re stuck for ideas for your open-plan room or even if you’re considering creating one, then we’d definitely look at engineered wood and laminate as first choices. It all depends on what’s most important to you – if you’re a first-time buyer and need a cheap fix, then laminate is a great choice, but if you have a bit more cash spare then engineered wood will make a beautiful addition to your home.