Open plan living is very on-trend at the moment. Lots of homeowners are removing internal walls and opening up the downstairs of their homes. Commonly, open plan living areas will combine the kitchen, dining room and living room, and this works particularly well in smaller properties. Removing walls enables light to bounce around the room and creates the illusion of more space. It also allows you to experiment with lots of different layouts to find a solution that works best for the floor space you have, as well as your lifestyle, family and specific needs.
When you’re creating an open plan living area in your home, it’s crucially important to ensure you’re choosing the right flooring. Ideally, you should have the same flooring throughout the whole space to prevent the room from feeling disjointed and it can be difficult to find one flooring solution that works well everywhere. Thankfully, laminate flooring is ideal for open plan living spaces and this modern solution is worth considering for reasons such as;
When you have such a large surface area to cover, laminate flooring is a much more budget-friendly option and it will cost you a fraction of the price of solid oak flooring for example.
Laminate flooring offers many of the same benefits as hardwood flooring, but it has a more affordable price point. In addition to being less expensive up-front, it is also less expensive to install and you may even be able to install laminate flooring yourself. Refer to our handy Installation Guides section.
Durable and hard-wearing
Your open plan living area will experience a lot of foot traffic and, for this reason, your flooring needs to be able to withstand general wear and tear. Laminate flooring is constructed from large sheets of MDF or HDF and toughened by pressure bonding a clear lamination to the surface, so it is incredibly hard-wearing and won’t need to be replaced in just a few years’ time.
You can even install laminate flooring in your kitchen without worrying about things like water damage and swelling. Our Aqua flooring, for example, is a water-resistant laminate and offers a limited lifetime (25- 30 years) guarantee in residential applications.
Maintenance-free and easy to clean
To prevent you from having to spend hours cleaning, it’s highly recommended that you install a flooring solution in your open plan living space that is easy to keep clean. It couldn’t be easier to keep laminate flooring looking its best and you can sweep, vacuum or mop this type of flooring to remove everyday dust, dirt and debris.
Should your laminate flooring get scratched or stained over time, you won’t have to replace the whole flooring either. You can simply replace the damaged laminate plank and your flooring will look as good as new again.
Versatile in design
Regardless of what interior design ideas you have in mind for your open plan living area, you won’t struggle to find a type of laminate flooring that works perfectly with the rest of the space. Nowadays, laminate flooring is available in many trend-led colours and you can also choose from a range of finishes, from wood grain to stone and marble.
In addition to installing traditional laminate flooring, you can also experiment with different patterns. Parquet flooring is very popular in contemporary homes and patterns like herringbone flooring can work well in large open spaces, adding some visual interest to the room.
Finding the best laminate flooring in Ireland
If you need flooring inspiration for your open plan living space, it’s undeniably worthwhile looking at the different laminate flooring designs available. This versatile type of flooring really is ideal for a multi-functional living space and our team here at Canadia can help you to find the perfect solution for your home.
We pride ourselves on supplying the best laminate flooring in Ireland and no matter what your flooring requirements may be, we will have a design that perfectly meets your needs and budget. Our passion for floors started a long time ago and we still get excited by the thought of helping our customers enhance their interiors. In addition to our high-quality flooring, our expertise sets us apart and our specialist team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have about laminate, engineered or wood flooring.