From wood effect flooring to crack-free, stone look tiles, we round up on-trend, alternative flooring ideas by Karndean Designflooring

Kaleidoscope Floor Design Geometric Pattern Karndean Design Flooring Trends Ss18 Home Inspiration

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“Even though 2018 is now in full swing, it’s never too late to make some changes in the home and update your décor,” says Stella Coyle, national retail sales manager of Karndean Designflooring, and we couldn't agree more. 

If your flooring needs a style overhaul, we're teaming up with the luxury flooring company for this year's Good Homes roomsets at Ideal Home Show, where they will be featuring their latest flooring looks.

In the meantime, we sat down with Stella to find out Karndean's stylish floor ideas to keep your home on trend for 2018, and beyond.

Scandi wood effect

Korlok Warm Ash Scandi Wide Plank Wood Effect Floor Karndean Designflooring Trend Ss18

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To achieve a trendy, contemporary Scandinavian look in your home, go for lighter flooring option like the choppy bleach blonde tones in Karndean's Korlok rigid core flooring in warm ash. Pair floors with neutral walls, sleek Scandi-style furniture, statement pieces and pops of playful colour to get the look just right.

Stella says: 

“Many look to the interior styles of Sweden, Norway and Denmark for a little inspiration. The main elements of a Scandinavian vibe are purity, simplicity and functionality – it’s an ideal style to look to if you feel the urge to declutter and make your home more bright and airy, while maintaining cosiness for any chilly days. Wood floors bring warmth and texture to a scandi scheme and they’re a staple of the décor."

"There are a range of Karndean wood designs so you’re sure to find one to suit your personal tastes and the Nordic charm of this style, such as the light tones of our Korlok Baltic Washed Oak, or the consistent, subtle tones of our Korlok Warm Ash. Having Karndean also means you’ll reap the benefits of a floor that’s warmer underfoot, quieter, and easier to clean than the natural material it replicates."

Wood effect styles and designs

Basket Weave Pattern Wood Effect Flooring Storm Oak Karndean Designflooring Trend 2018

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From chevron and basket weave to parquet and herringbone, there's a pattern for every area of your home so you can add a dash of pizzazz.  

Stella says: 

“With an existing Spring Oak full length plank and parquet design already available, the beautiful Art Select collection also recently welcomed a new Spring Oak basketweave design. Traditional basketweave is back in style and our latest additions are perfect for a statement hallway or highlighting key areas such as a dining space."

“The various designs of Storm Oak and Spring Oak can help you do this in a subtle way without having to put up extra walls or doors, and without losing cohesion through the home."

Room to room grey

Karndean Designflooring Otono Fiore Grey Chequered Flooring Trend Ss18

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Flexible, diverse, and tonal, grey is the perfect neutral choice for flooring as it blends seamlessly and complements all interior décor styles and tastes.

Stella says: 

“Grey is everyone’s favourite neutral at the moment – it’s fresh, clean and makes an impact without being showy. Karndean have combined the popularity of this hue with the recent ‘room to room’ trend by introducing the cool, multi-tonal Storm Oak in matching full-length plank, parquet and basketweave formats.

"Laying one colour throughout your home will visually expand your space, creating a smooth, seamless appearance. Perhaps you live in a multi-generation home, which are increasingly popular due to a rise in living costs and housing prices, and you want to distinguish the young children’s play area from the Grandparents’ relaxation spot."

Natural stone effect 

Karndean Designflooring DaVinci Dune Davyne Stone Effect Flooring Copy

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The attraction of natural stone flooring endures well into 2018, with marble, travertine and slate's natural beauty being particular fan favourites. Karndean's range of natural stone effect tiles are a great substitute for the real thing, handcrafted to perfectly reflect the unique patterns of real stone with the added benefit of resilience to chips and cracks, not to mention underfoot-friendly. 

Stella says: 

“Natural stone tiles continue to be a popular choice for homeowners, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, but what puts many people off is how they feel underfoot – they’re known for being hard to walk on and cold in winter. Karndean offers a wide choice of realistic stone designs, from modern and versatile slates to stunning marble, with a warmer, more resilient surface that doesn’t crack or chip, adding instant appeal to any living space."

"A classic tile trend that will be making a comeback this year is black and white monochrome, and this can be achieved with Karndean’s Art Select Fiore and Otono stone designs laid in a sophisticated chequerboard pattern."

"It’s also possible with Karndean to add decorative borders to both your tile and plank floors – we offer a wide variety of designs in a selection of colours, so you can add your own unique element to your floor."

Geometric patterns

Kaleidoscope Floor Design Geometric Pattern Karndean Design Flooring Trends Ss18 Home Inspiration

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Inject a little bit of personality into your home with a bold statement flooring design. Featuring a wide array of hues, shapes and patterns, Karndean’s Kaleidoscope collection comes in 14 unique geometric designs to add an eye catching focal point and visual contrast to any space, carefully crafted by in-house product designers.

Stella says: 

“Another bold trend we’ll be seeing in 2018 is statement flooring and designing from the floor up. Our Kaleidoscope collection can help you achieve 3D impact, movement and visual contrast, allowing shapes and patterns to work in both small and large spaces alike. Each geometric floor has been cleverly cut from our authentic wood and stone designs, and will add interest to your space without adding clutter."

Why not visit Karndean and download or request a copy of their brand new consumer brochure to see all the possibilities of a Karndean floor for your home?


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