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Trends, Tips And Inspiration From Our Design Pros

Life Of Luxury: Why I Prefer Designing With One Specific Type Of Flooring

Posted on the 7/31/2023 by Mina Starsiak Hawk

Pop quiz, friends! With so many types of flooring out there, name the only one that combines all of this:

  • The realistic look of hardwood and stone

  • Unlimited design possibilities

  • Exceptional durability

  • Ease of maintenance (you know, taking care of kid and pet accidents)

  • Waterproof performance

  • Versatility for just about any room

And the answer is …

You guessed it –

luxury vinyl!

Like I said, designers and homeowners have plenty of options – from hardwood and ceramic tile to natural stone, laminate and carpet – but only luxury vinyl delivers high-end style with all of the practical benefits they’re looking for.

For me, it ultimately comes down to four words:

My clients love it.

Good Bones Season 7 Kitchen
Vanilla Oak LLP333 | photo: Cory Phillips, The Home Aesthetic

As an interior designer and a real estate agent, I use both sides of my brain when renovating properties for “Good Bones.” So along with creating beautiful spaces, I’m also thinking about marketability – and the flooring in a home is a huge key to both.

On the design end, luxury vinyl allows you to choose from hundreds of colorways, then use different cuts and lay patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look that shows off your style. And from a practical perspective, you just can’t beat it. Kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, man cave(!), luxury vinyl is super-easy to clean and designed to last – definitely essential if you’ve got kids and pets running around. (Fun fact: Karndean luxury vinyl comes with a residential lifetime warranty.)

Herringbone, block and chevron lvt laying patterns
Brunella Marble SM-RKT3013-G in a herringbone pattern, Bleached Grey Walnut WP329 in a block pattern, and Mid Limed Oak CH-KP96 in a chevron pattern

Bottom line? Flooring is a significant investment, and you want it to be perfect. It’s a big part of what makes a home feel like your home – that familiar, comfortable space where our everyday lives eventually become awesome memories.

For style, quality and performance, it’s why I love designing with luxury vinyl.



Mina Starsiak Hawk is the host of “Good Bones” on HGTV. A real estate agent with an Indianapolis-based home-renovation business, she and her team buy properties in serious disrepair and transform them into stunning homes, revitalizing their favorite neighborhoods one house at a time. Karndean Designflooring provided flooring for Season 7 and Season 8 of "Good Bones."