Best flooring for open-plan homes
Of all the architectural trends, open plan living is one that’s stuck. A trend that started in the 90s is still very much trending in home remodels today. But why is open plan living so popular? And what is the best flooring for open-plan homes? Read on to learn our advice on the best flooring for open-plan homes.
Why are homeowners choosing open plan living?
Open space with lots of natural light
Open-plan homes create glorious space and allow natural light to flow freely through the home.
Better traffic flow
Unlike houses from the 70s and 80s that we grew up in, open-plan homes allow the family to feel more connected as everyone roams freely from kitchen to lounge, lounge to dining room, dining room to kitchen.
More family time
The openness in your home encourages social interaction between family members. Open plan living is also ideal for families with kids. While mom or dad is cooking dinner, he or she can keep an eye on the toddler in the lounge room.
Improved real estate value
With all the benefits open plan living brings, it’s no surprise open-plan renovations can increase the value of a home by up to 7.4% a year.
Flexibility and multi-functional spaces
Remember being a kid and having to shift furniture around for a sleepover? Or to build a fort? It wasn’t always easy with such limited room space! With open plan living, you have the opportunity to move furniture around freely and use the space in many different ways.
Best flooring for open-plan homes
Now that we’ve sold you on open plan living, let’s talk about what flooring is best suited to your open plan home.
With an open plan home, comes increased foot traffic which will require flooring that can handle it. In terms of value and style, hardwood flooring has stood the test of time. Hardwood flooring is not only durable but has a timeless look that suits a range of interior styles. There are two types of hardwood flooring to consider. Solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring is made out of single solid pieces of timber, whereas engineered flooring is constructed with multiple sheets of timber. Both types of flooring come in a range of materials and colors to suit your home’s unique personality.
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Open plan living creates communal areas for your friends and family to gather. But more communal areas means more foot traffic and potentially more mess. It’s for this reason that tiles are a popular choice for open-plan flooring.
Tiles are easy to clean, sterilize and maintain. They come in a range of styles from traditional to modern and are one of the most durable materials on the market. Unlike wooden flooring, tiles are a lot easier to replace if damaged (although tiles don’t have as much charm as hardwood flooring.)
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If you’re after the look of wood, without the price tag, laminate flooring is the way to go! Laminate flooring is easy to clean, stain-resistant and installation is far easier than installing solid hardwood flooring. The biggest problem people tend to have with laminate flooring is that it looks unnatural, however, The Flooring Specialists stock a range of laminate flooring options that are far from fake-looking! Our luxury laminate flooring options mimic the look of natural materials, helping you get the look of real wood without the cost.
If you’re looking for new flooring for your home, we’d love to assist you. Contact us for a complimentary consultation where we can answer all your questions and advise you on the best flooring for your open plan home.