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One open plan kitchen, three distinctive looks

Posted on the 19/07/2020 by Karndean Designflooring

The practical and adaptable solution to today’s compact homes, it’s no surprise that we are increasingly looking to create open plan kitchen and living spaces. Open plan family living offers us the sociable spaces we need now more than ever to unite with family and friends.

We love how the simple lines and pared back grey and white colour palette in this open plan kitchen has produced an open aspect and clean minimalist style that is ideal for stress free family life.

Visually blending with white painted walls for a spacious feel, the streamlined white kitchen units provide plenty of storage without dominating the space while cupboards’ light toned wood panels and Scandi dining table and chairs add warmth and a contemporary twist. Neutral grey furnishings, fresh foliage planting and a few chunky accessories complete the design, giving the space a serene and relaxing atmosphere.

We have paired this flexible open plan kitchen and living room with three different flooring options in stone, wood and abstract patterns to explore how flooring choices can add individuality for a look that is unique to you.

Option 1: cool limestone

The fresh mid-grey stone tones of Metro Grey from our Korlok range complement the understated colour palette and natural materials for an airy contemporary finish. One of the new limestone tiles in our modern Korlok range, Metro Grey is a practical flooring option with larger sized tiles perfect for open plan spaces. Easy to fit with a simple click and lock mechanism, this is a warm and comfortable flooring that offers the stunning looks of natural stone but is much quieter underfoot and easier to look after. 

Option 2: warm oak


Above image features Art Select RL22 Mountain Oak

Introducing on-trend pink tones to the cool grey and white palette, Mountain Oak from our Art Select range brings a stunning but subtle style that picks up on the wood of the kitchen units and furniture to add welcoming warmth and texture.

A design that looks amazing either laid straight like floorboards or in this interesting herringbone pattern which highlights its gentle shades and beautiful grain patterns, Mountain Oak is also available in a small plank for plenty of options to create a bespoke patterned floor.

Option 3: abstract pattern


Above image features Kaleidoscope SP219 Casablanca

Introducing a creative Moorish vibe reminiscent of Mediterranean holidays, Casablanca from our contemporary Kaleidoscope range highlights the monochrome colour theme with a quirky abstract patchwork of geometric forms, curves and crests. This option oozes personality and is sure to make a statement.

Here we have used patterned tiles across the room, but the flexibility of Karndean flooring means that you could create a ‘rug effect’ with Casablanca in the kitchen area alongside a complementary grey stone or warm wood design through the rest of the room. With options to combine colours, introduce borders or different laying patterns, the possibilities are endless.

Why not see how these floors could look in your home? With our Floorstyle design tool you can upload a photo of your room and select any stone, wood or abstract design to explore options. Play around with laying patterns such as herringbone or 45-degree angles then save your favourite design for later. With our free home delivery sample service, you can then simply order your top flooring choices to try out at home. Which of these three looks do you prefer? Join the conversation on Instagram or save these designs to your Pinterest board.