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The best types of hardwood flooring to use throughout open-plan homes

July 10, 2017

There are so many varieties of wood floors out there that it can be hard to choose the perfect one for a particular room in your home. The challenge is multiplied when you're trying to select one single type of flooring to cover your entire open-plan home or loft.

Interior designers recommend using a single type of flooring in open-plan living spaces that don't have clear or obvious boundaries marking different rooms, such as one large space that houses the kitchen, dining room and living room. The reasoning for this is that it's easy for multiple flooring types - such as tile in the kitchen and stone in the living room section - to look disconnected and jumpy. One single floor type creates cohesion in an open-plan home.

hardwood Open-plan living spaces benefit from using one type of flooring.

These spaces are modern, inviting and chic, and with the minimal walls, barriers and doors breaking up the area, the type of flooring you choose can make or break whether the overall design is pleasing to the eye. To help guide you, here's some insight into the best types of hardwood flooring to use throughout your open-plan home:

Create a cohesive aesthetic with hardwood floors
Using multiple floor types across one open-plan space can be jarring to the eye, and as such it's better to stick with a single type. However, certain types of floors just don't work in multiple spaces with varying functions. For instance, while tile may look nice in the kitchen, it can look too cold paired with sofas and a TV in the living room area. Hardwood is a great choice for open-plan spaces, thanks to its superior versatility. It suits kitchens, home offices, living rooms, dining rooms, entry-ways and more, making it a natural choice for open-plan layouts that will blend in seamlessly with the design of the space, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Hardwood floors tie different functional areas together with class, style and substance for an elegant and impressive finish. If you want to set off the living room area from the kitchen, you can carefully place a carpet or two, which also strengthens a sense of comfort and coziness. 

"Hardwood floors tie different functional areas together with class, style and substance."

High-traffic areas? Choose the ultimate in durability
With their tough substance and craftsmanship, all hardwood floors are a great choice if you're looking for something durable for your open-plan home. For very high-traffic areas, you can use engineered hardwood, which is a denser wood floor product and more resistant to wear and tear. Hickory and oak are also super durable, more so than cherry, so keep this in mind when selecting floors as well. 

Consider colors to find the perfect fit 
Different colors of hardwood floors can create different effects and moods in your open-plan home. Bright cherry is a traditional style that brings time-honored charm to a space while still looking fresh and current. Antique hickory floors have a rustic elegance, while dark chocolate browns add a touch of urban sophistication. If you have a modern space with minimal furnishings and clean white walls, try cream or natural-color hardwood floors to create a calm and collected ambiance. The right hardwood floor will tie together your space and help create a home you'll cherish. 

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