Adding warmth and style to your living room.
Whether you’re planning on a full renovation of your home or just looking for a change of décor, the living room being perhaps the most used room in the house is not something to be considered lightly. It is one of the largest investments you may make in terms of soft furnishings and with so many floor-covering options you need to do your research to make sure you get the right solution for your home.
When selecting your living room flooring, think carefully about the use of the space and the existing colour scheme. Consider a minimalist style if you already have strong focal points, such as statement wallpaper in the room. Or look at bold and patterned options to brighten a neutral room.
What is the best flooring for a living room?
With so many different types of flooring options on the market it can be difficult to know which one is most suitable but the good news is, essentially you can add any type of flooring to the lounge space. However, as this room in the house is often the most walked-through and public area you need to consider a floor covering option, which is durable and hardwearing with a high stain resistance, especially in a household with young children and pets.
What is the most popular flooring in homes today?
Carpet has never really gone out of fashion and is only increasing in popularity because of its soft feel, warmth and the vast array of colours, textures and patterns. Nothing feels as luxurious as a plush, deep pile carpet and the majority of consumers wouldn’t dream of using anything else in cosy areas of the home such as bedrooms and lounge rooms. There’s no substitute for settling down for the evening and feeling the deep pile of a natural wool carpet under foot.
Luxury vinyl is an elegant, affordable and easy to fit flooring solution for the living room. In recent years, it has evolved to effectively emulate more expensive design styles, such as wood and stone finishes but without the cost. Vinyl is not only highly water resistant, low maintenance and easy to look after but also compatible with underfloor heating if you’re looking to bring a touch of additional warmth to the room. Being both practical and durable, luxury vinyl is particularly suited to bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and hallways.
Engineered wood is the perfect alternative to solid wood. If you’re looking for a traditional finish which is more versatile and more forgiving than solid wood this is the one to go for. Each plank is finished with a layer of natural wood to create an authentic look that will last. It’s also the perfect solution for keeping costs down without compromising on style. Hard-wearing and durable, it’s ideal for high traffic areas as it’s easy to keep clean.
Laminate flooring is the go-to quality and affordable option for customers who have a large area to cover, but want to provide the same style to a room as wood. It’s easy to install and low maintenance and there are a wealth of styles to choose from.
The shade of wood is one of the most important factors to consider. Would your room suit a deep, dark, luxurious walnut or is an understated oak or beech more appropriate? For small rooms, a light wood finish with a single plank design will help create the perception of space. Alternatively, in larger rooms you could consider a chevron pattern, to add a unique element of grandeur.
In terms of colour choice generally a lighter shade will feel much more open and fluid, and give the illusion of a larger space, which would benefit a small or dark room. The advantage of a darker floor in a more spacious room is that it can anchor a space and make a great starting point for creating a statement room. Fundamentally when choosing a flooring colour, you should remember that it should be practical, complement the interior and give the look you hope to achieve.
Battle Carpets & Flooring offer an enormous variety of colours, textures and patterns to suit just about any decorating scheme. You will find a wide range of carpets, vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles, laminates, solid and engineered wood and natural flooring in their showroom and for your added convenience they can bring the showroom to you. Browse their range from the comfort of your home whilst getting a true feel for how the products will look and feel in your own surroundings.