The Best Flooring For Living RoomJune 8, 2023
A flooring suitable for living rooms should withstand constant wear and tear from footsteps, spills and pets; it should also be comfortable to walk on and easy to maintain.
Solid and engineered wood flooring, rigid LVT, vinyl and laminate are among the most sought-after choices for living rooms; however, there are other possibilities worth exploring as well.
The living room is often considered the focal point of any home and should provide a relaxing yet social setting. It needs to be comfortable yet robust enough to withstand the ever-evolving needs of family life.
Wood floors provide timeless style, warmth underfoot and pair nicely with area rugs to define seating zones. Light and dark stain colors can also add character or create rustic charm depending on their design aesthetic.
Rigid vinyl (LVT) and laminate flooring is also an attractive choice, as they’re highly resilient against scratches, stains, and can easily be mopped after wetting. Furthermore, there’s a wide variety of styles, designs and colors available that suit any taste or decor style.
Wool carpets offer an ideal solution, providing thermal insulation while helping regulate room temperatures.
Carpet adds warmth and comfort to living rooms, but it’s essential that it be constructed of long-wearing fibres like polypropylene, triexta, nylon or wool/lama carpets by experts like Karastan that resist spills/stains well. Wool / lama carpets offer natural strength while remaining soft for comfortable walking surfaces.
Wood floors add a warm, rustic ambience to living rooms and are available in various shades. When combined with area rugs they help tie together any decor scheme and also work well in contemporary living rooms.
If your budget does not allow for solid or engineered wood flooring, laminate has come a long way in terms of both quality and resemblance of real wood. Herringbone or chevron patterns can add visual impact while plain plank formats offer a neutral aesthetic. Porcelain tiles with stone-effect effects make cleaning easy while underfloor heating works great with porcelain-effect tiles; natural stones such as travertine are hard-wearing but should be sealed regularly to avoid staining.
Tile floors make an excellent addition to living room areas as they’re durable, easy to maintain, and work great with underfloor heating systems. Furthermore, there’s an array of colors, patterns, and textures available that can add personality and add contrast with furnishings in a space.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are exceptionally hardwearing and perfect for high traffic areas, easily withstanding spills and stains while adding visual interest with glaze or texture treatments. Plus, their price makes them more accessible compared to natural stone options!
Wood-look luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring can provide an economical, natural-looking alternative to genuine hardwood in living rooms. LVT can be printed or patterned to resemble various species of wood flooring and comes in rolls or tiles as well as long planks that resemble its surface texture – making installation simple. Plus, LVT makes creating natural-looking floors an affordable reality!
Stone floors are an elegant choice that fits in well with any interior design, as they’re durable enough to withstand wear-and-tear better than carpet and other types of flooring materials. Unfortunately, however, their porous nature allows moisture absorption more readily than other kinds of floors which requires regular sealing to maintain.
Natural stone decor works beautifully in large living rooms as floor tiles, wall tiles or fireplace surrounds. This type of decor gives off a luxurious look and feel in any room it adorns.
Limestone can be easily transformed to achieve both refined and rustic looks by being either sanded smooth, machine-tumbled, or both. Available in various colours to meet a wide range of design aesthetics (from traditional Mediterranean or modern), limestone easily complements fur rugs and handcrafted furniture pieces for the best design possibilities.