Living room

There is a great deal of choice available for living room floors. While it can be an area with heavy traffic, it is safe from the amount of spills you'd see in a kitchen, and whereas families with children might want a soft carpet, a young professional might prefer a handsome, hardwearing wooden choice. In other words, choices that might be inappropriate for a different room can be a perfect fit in your living room.

Think about the overall design of your living room: the colour and designs of your walls, your furniture and the room's layout will either complement or clash with certain floor choices. This might seem like a lot to take in, but choosing the right flooring can be simple once you have decide what you want to prioritise: looks, longevity or comfort?

If you unsure about what kind of flooring you want to get for your living room it is sensible to speak to a flooring specialist orb interior designer. They will be able to advise you and may even be able to source options for you that you would not be able to find elsewhere.

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Living Room Flooring Types

  • Carpet - Carpet is soft, warm and comes in a wide variety of colour, designs and types. It is quite suitable for families with young children, who will be less likely to hurt themselves if that fall. However, carpet requires regular cleaning and can get easily stained. It is also not the most hard wearing of options. A professional carpet fitter will be able to recommend and source different types for you.
  • Solid wood/ hardwood - These floors have a beautifully timeless look that, while expensive, can add a great deal of value to your property. It is also one of the most durable options you can get; there are examples of hardwood floors lasting centuries, though they still need to be refinished every few years. While they are easy to clean, hardwood floors can require more regular cleaning than other options. They can also be quite loud, which can be a big turn off for families with several children.
  • Engineered wood - While some people consider it less attractive than solid wood, engineered wood looks great, is hard wearing and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of different styles and finishes. Engineered wooden floorboards also tend to come pre-finished, making them much easier to install. An experienced handyman may even be able to do it for you!
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  • Laminate wood - Laminate wood is a cheaper option, but can still look tasteful when installed correctly. Padding can also be added underneath to make it softer. It comes in a wide variety of patterns and choices, and is also easy to clean.
  • Tiles- You may not think of tiles when you consider a living room, but they are becoming popular as an alternative to more standard choices. Durable, easy to clean and offers a huge amount of variety, tiles can suit almost anyone's taste. On the other hand, tile floors can be extremely chilly in colder months. Speak to a professional tiler about the best options available for your living room.
  • Concrete - Another increasingly popular alternative, concrete can be a great choice for creating a modern living room. While durable, it is extremely hard, and can be unsuitable for families. 

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Decorative Living Room Flooring Ideas

Don't restrict yourself when it comes to flooring. Certain choices might seem bland, but you can easily liven them up with a decorative rug or mat. A rug that suits the decor of your room can really help bring everything together, and can also create a 'centre', perfect for arranging your seating around.

If you use your living room for a number of purposes, such as working or eating, it can be a good idea to differentiate the different 'zones' with your flooring. For example, you might choose a soft plush carpet for your main living room, and beautiful tiles for your dining area.