Moodboard featuring teal, tan and grey samples

Step 3: Which format and color?

Which format is right for you? Karndean Designflooring offers three types of luxury vinyl flooring to suit your design preferences and installation needs: gluedown, loose lay and rigid core. Television personalities and custom home builders Brian & Mika Kleinschmidt explain the differences.



Choosing your format

While any of our formats can be installed in any room of the home, you may be wondering what the differences are between each of these formats and how you know which one is right for you.


Rigid Core


Korlok Select Rigid Core 
Korlok Reserve Rigid Core 
Van Gogh Rigid Core 
Knight Tile Rigid Core 

Rigid core is a type of floating floor that clicks and locks into place and can be floated over most existing hard floors - no adhesive necessary. 

Our rigid core ranges are: Korlok SelectKorlok ReserveVan Gogh, and Knight Tile




Art Select Gluedown 
Da Vinci Gluedown 
Van Gogh Gluedown 
Opus Gluedown 
Knight Tile Gluedown 

Gluedown planks and tiles offer the highest level of personalization. This allows you to create a layout and design that makes your home more stylish and functional. 

Our gluedown ranges are: Art Select, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Opus, and Knight Tile


Loose Lay


Karndean LooseLay 
LooseLay Longboard 

Loose lay is our format of non-interlocking, floating floors that allow for different installation patterns, but cannot be combined with our design strips and borders. 

Our loose lay ranges are: Karndean LooseLay and LooseLay Longboard


Want more details? Check out our product formats page to see more of benefits of our rigid core, gluedown, and loose lay products so you can get the right floor for your needs. 



Choosing your color

When choosing a floor, take into account all of the surrounding materials and finishes to help you narrow down your flooring choices


Create a moodboard

Inspirational mood board with tiles, textiles, succulents  and textures

Remodeling a whole room and not sure where to start? Create a moodboard with the color scheme you have in mind. Include items like paint samples, pictures from magazines, wallpaper samples... anything that gives your inspiration for your new space! 

Visit our Pinterest page for inspiration! 


Consider tones

Warm tone floor - Natural Koa RKP8122 


Neutral tone floor - French Oak VGW85T 


Cool tone floor - Grey Oiled Oak RCP6541 

Warm-toned floors tend to align with more traditional, timeless decor styles and are sure to create an inviting atmosphere.


A neutral-toned floor creates a clean backdrop to design the rest of the space. If you frequently like to change your decor, a neutral floor allows for the widest amount of options.


Cool-toned floors best compliment contemporary and modern styles and are sure to add drama and sophistication to any room in your home.


Filter our products by color or tone based to find the floor that fits the vision of your new space. Then order free swatch samples of your favorites to see what they would look against other materials and finishes. 


Completed room sketch with Grey Riven Slate ST16


See your future floor with our interactive room viewer, Floorstyle! Upload a photo of your space and digitally lay your favorite floors into the photo.


Ready to purchase?

Visit your local Karndean retailer to continue your Karndean Designflooring journey. 


 Looking for more inspiration?

Visit our blog where you can find our recommendations based on the 2021 colors of the year or find inspiration on our Instagram and Pinterest.