Karndean Designflooring and co-living the future of urban renting

Is co-living the future of urban renting?

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Co-living developments have been cited as an alternative for renters looking for convenient city-based accommodation together with a sense of community and belonging. 

A concept that has grown from an acute shortage of housing in busy urban areas and concerns about the increase of loneliness in those who live alone, the co-living model offers high quality accommodation, often fully furnished and serviced, available for short or long term rent. 

Taking inspiration from the experience of shared student and retirement living, co-living offers a combination of private living quarters with communal facilities, such as social relaxation, everyday living and working spaces, where residents can get to know their neighbours and feel part of a community.

 Karndean Designflooring and co-living the future of urban renting

Above image shows Fabrica from our Opus collection

For single young professionals who prefer to minimise their possessions and the increasing number of digital nomads looking to work remotely while they travel the world, co-living developments combine the functionality and sociability of college halls of residence with the sophistication of boutique hotels. 

Compact private accommodation features space saving design with fitted multi-purpose furnishings, large windows and light neutral colour schemes. Practical, easy to clean materials are key to keeping rooms looking fresh and minimising maintenance requirements. Incorporating durable flooring in a stylish wood design can introduce warm natural textures that bring a welcoming home from home feel while visually extending room boundaries.

Loose lay or rigid core flooring is the perfect choice for bedrooms and private living spaces, combining an authentic look of natural wood and stone with a hard wearing yet comfortable surface that brings a warm ambience to pared down spaces. Our Karndean LooseLay and Korlok ranges have enhanced acoustic qualities that can also reduce noise transfer to the floor below by up to 19dB, ideal for multi-level living.  

Meanwhile, generous communal spaces offer facilities for everyday living, including laundry, gyms, gardens and restaurants or shared kitchens, digital connection for remote working and the opportunity get involved in a like-minded community. 

An innovative mix of characterful design and hard-wearing materials can give each development an individual personality using a combination of flexible furnishings, reclaimed materials, statement lighting, living walls or wall art to reflect the culture of the locality. 

A coordinated flooring design can bring different quirky aspects together for a sense of effortless elegance and cohesion throughout open plan spaces and interconnecting rooms. A unique combination of wood and stone inspired flooring in complementary tones or in different laying patterns can create an interior that stands out for all the right reasons. 

Karndean Designflooring and co-living the future of urban renting

Above image shows Opus Fumo and Marrakesh from our Kaleidoscope collection

The versatility and durability of our gluedown ranges are ideal for bespoke designs in these most demanding environments. Wood and stone inspired floor designs can be combined in different laying patterns or geometric shapes. Durable and easy to maintain, our flooring combines cutting edge technology with the beauty of natural materials for a surface that will stand up to the wear and tear of heavy footfall and look great for years to come.

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