What is Karndean flooring? We explain what it's made from, installation and costs

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Karndean Designflooring is a type of luxury vinyl flooring (Image credit: Karndean Designflooring)

Although vinyl flooring was once considered a less luxurious item than other types of flooring, the introduction of a premium tier, including brands such as Karndean flooring has created more consumer choice.

As well as providing excellent practicality with its resistance to water and hard-wearing finish, the improvements in design and production make it sometimes hard to identify luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) from the real thing. From herringbone laid wooden flooring effect planks to ceramic style tiles, there are a range of styles and designs to suit most homes.

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Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith is marketing director for Karndean Designflooring. He has more than 17 years’ experience in brand marketing.

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Jeanette Hopkins

Jeanette Hopkins, General Manager at The Floor Room, joined the flooring business in 2023 to oversee the brand’s launch into John Lewis stores. Jeanette drives forward the brand’s mission of ‘unboring your flooring’ with a customer first experience that inspires and encourages creativity at every stage of the flooring journey. Prior to joining the company, Jeanette spent over a decade working with a leading British high street retailer and has a wealth of experience in driving growth in an ever-changing retail climate along with a passion for creativity.

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Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director. She's an experienced home renovator, with three to her name. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.