Three Tips on How to Choose Flooring for an Open Concept Design
The open concept design is an increasingly popular choice in home design, and there are many reasons to get on board with this exciting trend. Marked by wide open spaces -- often a combined kitchen, dining room, and living room -- open floor plans feel spacious and inviting. Not only are they ideal for smaller homes that can feel cramped by a traditional floor plan, but open concept design also fosters a sense of togetherness. Gone are the days when preparing a meal meant feeling cut off from your family or guests, because with open design, people can gather in a common multi-functional space rather than spreading out into separate rooms.
Choosing the flooring that works best in every part of your open concept design can feel daunting, so here are a few tips to help you find the right floor for you.
Tip 1: Pick one flooring type and stick with it.
When possible, avoid mixing floor types -- kitchen tile that transitions to vinyl in the dining room and a carpeted living room produces visual blocking that lessens the aesthetic impact of an open concept space. If you’re looking for a versatile option that works in any space, consider rigid vinyl flooring, which has the look and feel of wood but the durability to withstand the wear and tear of a kitchen or high-traffic area
Tip 2: Pick the right plank size for your space.
Hard surface flooring comes in a variety of widths and lengths, but which one is right for your space? A good general rule is to consider the size of the space you’re in, and choose a similarly proportioned plank. For large rooms with high ceilings, a wide plank will look right at home, while a short, narrow plank may make the floor seem too busy. But that same narrow plank would work perfectly in a smaller space.
Tip 3: Pick a versatile color.
Keep in mind that the color you choose will need to look just as natural in a dining room as it would in a home office or a kitchen. Also, the floor you pick will likely outlast many of your current design choices. With that in mind, you’ll want to choose a fairly neutral color, such as brown, beige, or grey. A deep brown with realistic graining and texture like Mohawk RevWood Plus in style Elderwood and color Aged Copper Oak would work beautifully in a variety of spaces.
As you carefully craft the look of your open concept design, choosing the right floors is crucial. Color, size and type of material work together to create a unified and intentional aesthetic. Regardless of the final look you’re dreaming of, our team can help you find your perfect floor.