Living Room Flooring Ideas For Every Style
Your living room is probably the most used room in your house after the kitchen. The style you create in this main room sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Your floors are a major component of your decorating theme, and depending on your choice of material and color, can be understated and secondary to other aspects of the room, or bold and striking, demanding attention from all who enter.
Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, where concerns of moisture damage or cooking mishaps limit the suitable choices, your living room can be styled with whatever flooring material most suits your decor, your family needs and your budget.
For comfort, classic style and endless choices in color and design, you can’t beat carpet. Carpet has many good qualities, including:
-Insulates against cold and heat
-Nonslip, safe surface
-Wide price range, can be inexpensive
-Huge choice of colors and designs
But there are negatives to carpet also, including:
-Difficult to keep clean, frequent cleaning can be expensive
-Holds onto allergens such as dust, pollen, mites, dander
Carpet works with any decorating theme, although it best complements traditional, contemporary, retro or shabby chic decor.
Another classic choice, hardwood provides a natural, warm beauty that adds to the value of your home. There are many patterns available in thin strips, thicker planks, or parquet designs. Wood tones range from the lightest maple to the darkest mahogany, and every shade in between.
Hardwood is an excellent choice for the living room, with pros such as:
Adds value to your home
Good choice for those who have allergies
Scratches can be sanded out
There are cons to hardwood however, including:
Expensive to install
Can scratch or damage
Susceptible to water damage
Needs occasional refinishing
Can be noisy when walked on
Hard and slippery surface
Hardwood flooring complements every style of decorating, particularly country, Cape Cod, traditional, Victorian and Asian-themed.