Choosing which flooring suits your living room the best is one of the big decisions when it comes to the interior design of your home. A new floor can make or break your living room – here’s what you need to consider before you buy.
Among the options that are the most popular choice for homeowners nowadays for their living rooms are laminate flooring, solid wood flooring and even carpet. That’s not to say that other types of flooring won’t suit your living room – there are very few flooring types that won’t suit living rooms in general, so it’s more a matter of personal taste and style.
What to consider when buying living room flooring
The living room is the hub of your home – that means it’s extra important to ensure you choose the right flooring. It’s the room that will receive the most traffic, and generally where we will spend a lot of our time.
Durability - One of the most important factors in your decision should be how durable the floor is – your living room tends to get more traffic than the majority of rooms in your house. If you add children or pets to the mix the floor could be subject to more mishaps and spills!
Look - Regardless of budget, we all want to get a flooring option for our living room that looks good and matches the style of our home. Rustic designs are a popular look to go for at the moment, while more modern styles remain popular as well. Solid wood may suit a more rustic design, while laminate may be the better option for more modernity.
Maintenance - Some flooring options may require more maintenance than others, particularly solid wood which may require higher levels of maintenance.
Laminate flooring is a great alternative to solid wood if you want to keep your flooring costs down, so is likely to suit those with a budget. However, new technology and better production has allowed laminate floors to create the most authentic look, particularly if you opt for the ever popular laminate herringbone range.
Solid Wood flooring
Solid wood flooring traditionally has higher costs associated with it, but for good reason. It’s one of the most attractive and durable options for installing flooring to your living room. Wood flooring will take more effort in terms of maintenance but the style it can bring to your home may well be worth it.
Most commonly installed to bedroom or kitchen floors, vinyl features a durable wear layer which can withstand heavy footfall from a busy home so can also be an option for your living room.
Carpet has been long seen as a good option for living room floors, despite its popularity declining quite a bit in recent years. Carpet is more often now found in bedrooms and staircases for example, but it could still prove a useful option for some living rooms.
Looking for a new floor for your living room? Our range of laminate flooring includes a variety of styles and finishes to suit any budget and look, including the ever popular laminate herringbone range.