When selecting flooring for your living room, a detailed research goes a long way. You will need to consider the overall style of the house, your budget, the anticipated foot traffic in your house, and the overall look and feel you want to create. There are several flooring options available in the market today and each one has their own advantages and disadvantages.
Architect Bob Wetmore of Cornerstone Architects says that as styles evolve, so do our options. “With the developing soft contemporary movement, we frequently design stained concrete floors or a clean-engineered wood floor,” he says. “We also enjoy using cork floors that are very resilient to walk on and warm on the feet during the winter.”
The best way to go about your new home flooring or your flooring to be renovated is to work with a trusted and licensed architect or flooring contractor/expert. The biggest benefit to this is that they can help you quickly narrow down your options. And while you may have illusions of grandeur with your DIY skills, you’re better off enlisting the services of a professional and expert in flooring. For instance, an expert will always tell you, “Never make a decision based on a small sample in a showroom. See how it looks on a grander scale. Compare samples side by side and to try to see the product in an actual installation.”
And it makes sense because seeing a floor as a complete composite is sometimes different than how it appears with just a small sample. Once you’ve chosen the materials, proper installation is the key and this is where the professionals are far better than your DIY skills.
A firm, stable, and substantial floor should feel the way it was professionally installed. For living rooms, a decorative rug may anchor the furnishings, but in the end, it is the flooring materials that are the foundation that the rest of the living room depends upon.
Today, we’ll take you through ten of the most stunning living room flooring options you’ll want to use for your own living room.
Real hardwood floors remain a popular choice for homeowners. This timeless flooring material is safe for kids and pets, easy to clean, and is low maintenance. It may be a little more expensive than other flooring materials initially but you’ll soon find yourself saving on maintenance costs.
If you want to remodel your hoe mint he future, you’ll also find that it’s much easier since you only need to have it sanded, stained, and sealed again.
There are hardwood options that can be fitted into your space while bringing a sense of age and patina, such as choices of reclaimed heart-pine flooring or teakwood. They are sustainable because they are wood reused from old beams removed from buildings being torn down. They usually come in boards that are 8 inches to 12 inches wide.
The usual carpet or rug under the coffee table or near the fireplace is far different from having wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room, which is surprisingly becoming more common for homeowners. Generally, wall-to-wall carpeting may not be advisable for high-traffic living rooms unless you’re willing to keep it clean yourself, or your family takes steps such as using only room slippers in the living room. It is less expensive than hardwoods and many styles are easy to keep clean. However, it can soak up odors and stains form liquids when high traffic is involved.
As for getting the size just right, a large carpet 12 to 24 inches from the perimeter of the room offers a uniform and clean look. The right carpeting can offer a high-end look in any home, no matter the price. There are even many indoor or outdoor rugs that are soft enough for babies and kids to play on. Sisal rugs, natural jute, and seagrass are quite popular but can be harsh on bare feet.
One alternative trick you can ask your contractor to do is to have carpeting cut and bound to the exact size needed for a living room, or leave out certain parts uncarpeted so rugs can be placed in their place. This concept provides all the comfort of carpeting but can be easily removed and cleaned or swapped out. if you need to throw a party, you can have all the carpet and rugs removed to avoid spills and stains to make post-party cleanup easier.
Stone has a strong, tailored feel that tends to work in public spaces, but you have to be careful with the type of stone that you want for the living room. Stone flooring is not only desirable for certain architectural styles such as old world living rooms but also for spacious modern ones as well. With its natural tones and unique characteristics, stone flooring can be a sophisticated, unique, and durable option. However, it can be a costlier option although it lasts longer and needs less maintenance compared to, say, hardwood.
Selecting natural stones such as marble, slate, travertine or limestone will require careful installation by professionals. Cracking, chipping, and staining can happen if the area is not carefully prepped. Remember, stone flooring will be cool in warm climates and downright chilly during the winter months.
Concrete and stone are both hard, but they are much different from each other. Minimalist and industrial-chic styles all call for concrete.
In fact, concrete flooring has moved beyond the garage and into the center of the home. Painting, staining, scoring and polishing for concrete are just a few of the options available. These choices enable concrete floors to be transformed rather dramatically while also fairly remaining cost effective. These floors can withstand just about anything, although the reverse is also true; if you drop something on a concrete floor, chances are it will break, but that’s the least of your problems. In living rooms where family members are not often on their feet, this is not much of a concern.
By nature, concrete floors reflect sound, so it is advisable to have a placement of rugs and sound-absorbing materials such as drapery and furniture that should be carefully considered. In this way sounds from TV, music, and video games won’t directly reflect other rooms in the house. On the whole, the pros for concrete floors cannot be denied such as durability and practicality. Using the right sealer, they generally only require a damp mop to clean.
Laminate bring the elegance you want at a better price point. This is not fake or synthetic wood; laminate or engineered wood has a real hardwood top layer with a plywood core for additional stability. If you’re on a budget, but still want the classy and elegant look of hardwood flooring, then laminate might be your affordable and alternative.
With a variety of colors, textures, finishes, and sizes to choose from, finding the right laminate flooring for your living room will never be an issue, so long as you consult with professionals. It all comes down to your personal preference, but if you need help deciding, as an alternative, laminates offer a similar look and feel to wood without the price tag or maintenance that wood often demands. Current trends for engineered laminate flooring include gray and wash effects. Traditional oak hues are also fast becoming rising big favorites, and these hues are being featured more and more in modern home design circles.
Surprisingly, tile flooring in the living room doesn’t get much of a popular vote, but it can add a unique touch to your home nonetheless. If you’re looking for something different, and have a budget, tile is an excellent option worth considering for your living room floor. Some of the great benefits of having tile flooring are that it lasts a longer time like stone, it requires less maintenance, and it comes in a variety of designs. And unless something really heavy drops on the tile floor to make it break, tile is sturdy and durable, with less maintenance needed, usually in just the form of a floor mop.
If you’re the type of person who really cares for the environment, you’re likely to choose stone or tile floors, since every time you look at a wood floor, you’re worried how many trees were cut so you could have your flooring. But if you’re on a budget, cork can be an environment-friendly alternative. But unfortunately, cork is not a popular option for most people. Cork is actually a unique option that most people overlook. Cork does have a variety of designs and tints which make it another great option for the living room floor. For those who really care about the environment and have an eco-conscious mentality, then cork is just right for you. Aside from the feeling of contributing to the environment, cork does have a nice feel and finish which can last a long time if treated and maintained properly, making it another viable option for your living room.
Rustic Brick Tiles
For rustic charm, paved brick tiles bring an old-world look to any living room. They may be laid in running bond patterns, herringbone, or basket-weave and you have a choice of sizes and thicknesses. After it has been sealed, brick is easy to maintain simply by sweeping or vacuuming. Dirt and mud can be removed with just soap and water.
The Missing Piece is Flooring – Area Rugs
Whatever flooring surface you decide upon for your living room, an area rug will without fail adds instant warmth, color, and style to the living room, something that many people still fail to see since some homeowners tend to admire their flooring without rugs. It may just be the missing piece that completes your living room design. Area rugs have many great benefits that can make a living room floor appeal in a unique way. They can add contrast, as a sense of comfort and coziness, and since they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs, they can create a focal point, serve as an anchor for a centerpiece such as a sofa, or tie all the elements of your space together perfectly.
So, whether you choose the warmth and patina of hardwoods, the elegance of stone, the modernity of concrete, or another type of floor that speaks to you and the architecture of your home, weigh the pros and cons and get expert advice. In the end, if you make a choice you regret, you have no choice but to throw a rug over it.