This fall I have been working on updating our primary bedroom. Like many builder grade homes, our bedrooms came with low quality shag carpet that wore out quickly. So, I wanted to replace the carpet with something more durable and aesthetically pleasing. After doing lots of research, I chose Malibu Wide Plank vinyl French oak flooring for our owner’s suite!

We purchased the floors from The Home Depot and paid for installation as well. Keep reading for information about vinyl French oak flooring, plus a Malibu Wide Plank review!

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What Color is French Oak?

While writing this post, I learned that the term “French oak” can be a misnomer because many products with the label are not, in fact, from France.

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The flooring that I chose for our primary suite is vinyl plank that is meant to have the look of French oak floors. So in this case, the name refers to the color, wood grain, and texture–not the origin of the product.

When it comes to real wood floors, French oak has a warm, medium tone with a wavy grain pattern. The overall look is classic and versatile.

French Oak LVP, Engineered Wood, or Solid Wood?

The question of whether to choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP), engineered wood, or solid hardwood flooring is an important one. As with any interior design decision, you should compare the pros and cons of different products. After that, decide what is the best for your home and lifestyle.

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Personally, I chose French oak LVP because it is affordable, waterproof, and maintenance free!

For a more in-depth comparison of luxury vinyl plank, engineered wood, and hardwood, check out this post and this post from The Spruce.

Is Luxury Vinyl Plank Good for Bedrooms?

Luxury vinyl plank is a great choice for bedrooms! The warm tone and wood grain look creates a cozy environment. In addition, LVP provides versatility since you can swap out different rugs under the bed to change the look of your space.

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Finally, luxury vinyl plank is durable and waterproof, which is helpful if you decide to extend the flooring into an ensuite bathroom.

Malibu Wide Plank Review: French Oak Bidwell

The product I chose for our primary bedroom is the Malibu Wide Plank Click Lock Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring in French Oak Bidwell.

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Our Malibu Wide Plank LVP Details

  • Style/Color: French Oak Bidwell
  • Description: Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
  • Dimensions: 4 mm thick x 7.17 in. wide x 60 in. length (20 mil wearlayer) + 1mm IXPE pad
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box: 23.88
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited residential / 10 years limited light commercial
  • Internet Part #: 318104232
  • S/O SKU #: 1006781010
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Malibu Wide Plank Review

We have lived with our luxury vinyl plank floors for six weeks, and I truly could not be happier! Here is what I love:

  • Realistic wood texture with plenty of variation (you don’t see the pattern repeat)
  • A warm, honey brown wood tone with gray throughout to balance it
  • Quality click lock system that creates a waterproof seal
  • Very resistant to scratches (despite pushing furniture around, I haven’t noticed any at all)
  • The designer French oak flooring look, on a budget!
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I honestly do not have any cons to share at this time, except for the fact that they aren’t real wood. Personally, I can’t tell the difference. However, I plan to revisit this post over the next year and add more pros and cons if they arise!

In Conclusion

Stay tuned for more photos of our French oak flooring in the coming weeks as I reveal the completed primary bedroom and my new cloffice (closet office)!

You may also enjoy this post: Bedroom Wardrobe Design and IKEA PAX Review

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Finally, please leave your questions in the comment section below! Xo,

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6 Comments

  1. How do you clean your LVP flooring? We also installed Malibu Wide Plank flooring in our home six months ago, and I’ve had a lot of trouble mopping it. We have pets and a baby. Do you have a mop that you recommend?

    1. Hi Cass! Thanks for the comment. I’ll be honest, I do not mop often! But when I do, I use a Norwex microfiber mop and spot clean with a microfiber cloth using only water. (Both products are cheaper on the Norwex website if you want to compare shipping: mop / cloth.) Not sure if that is helpful, let me know if you find something that works better for you!

  2. Would this go well with a gray such as Stonington gray from Benjamin Moore with white trim?

    1. Hi Dee! I think that would look great. The flooring is a warm wood tone with streaks of gray, so it is very versatile. However, I would recommend ordering a sample of the flooring just to be sure it fits your aesthetic!

  3. Jeannette deschesnes says:

    Is 4mm thick enough to put over ceramic tile?

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