Living Room Flooring – Before a room can be decorated, furnished or even just moved into, it must have a substantial floor. When chosen with care, the best living room flooring options will set the stage for many years of good looks, durability and comfort.
When selecting flooring, a little homework goes a long way. You’ll want to take into account the style of the house, the budget, the amount of wear-and-tear you anticipate it will need to withstand, and the look and feel you want to create. From standard wood flooring to stone or concrete, living room flooring options are plentiful and offer a range of pros and cons.
“Compare samples side by side and to try to see the product in an actual installation,” says architect Robert Tuthill. “Seeing a floor as a complete composite is sometimes much different than how it appears as a small sample.”
And then, of course, once you’ve chosen the materials, proper installation is key. A firm, stable, substantial floor should feel that way. In living rooms in particular, a decorative rug will likely anchor the furnishings, but the flooring materials are the foundation that the rest of the room depends upon.
Here are the pros and cons for the most popular living room flooring options.
1. GALLATIN SITTING
This tumbled stone is full of contrasting earthy blue and grey tones with a slightly deeper mottling effect for a more dramatic look.
2. HARDWOOD – THE HOLY GRAIL OF LIVING ROOM FLOORING
If budget isn’t an issue and you’re interested in growing the value of your house, putting hardwood in the living room is always a great option.
When someone thinks of hardwood, they think of elegance, class, and value. Hardwood has always been the holy grail of flooring as it always provides a beautiful finished look and can last a lifetime before it needs to be replaced.
Below are a couple different snapshots of living rooms using hardwood.
3. COUNTRY OAK 24892
Rural charm oozes from the aged wood effect and intricate graining of this design. It is the perfect choice for an authentic oak feel in both traditional and classic rooms.
4. CARPET – BRING COMFORT AND COZINESS BACK TO YOUR LIVING ROOM
If you want a living room that feels cozy, symbolizes comfort and makes you feel at home, then you can’t go wrong with carpet.
Some quick benefits of using carpet in your living room.
It’s more affordable than most flooring types.
It’s softer and more comforting.
It quieter and absorbs sound more effectively than other flooring types.
Have a look at some of the snapshots below and see for yourself if carpet is the right choice for your next living room floor.
5. JURA STONE 46840
When high design demands high specifications, trust Jura Stone with delicate marbling crafted to complement modern materials and architectural features. An aged effect also makes it ideal for classic retreats.
6. LAMINATE – WHEN YOU WANT ELEGANCE AT A BETTER PRICE POINT
If you’re on a budget, but still want the classy, elegant look of hardwood flooring, then laminate might be your next best choice.
With a variety of colors, textures, finishes and sizes, finding the right laminate flooring for your living room will never be an issue. It all comes down to your personal preference, but if you need help deciding, have a look at some of the beautiful laminate living room scenes below. You’d never know that it’s actually laminate!
7. STEEL ROCK 46832
A bold statement is guaranteed, with steely reds adding industrial authenticity to a floor that certainly lives up to the rugged look.
8. TILE – ADDING A UNIQUE TOUCH TO YOUR LIVING ROOM
Having tile in the living room doesn’t win the 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 other great benefits of utilizing tile are that it lasts a long time, it requires less maintenance, and it comes in a variety of designs. If you’re considering tile for your living room floor, have a look at some of the awesome designs below.
9. BOHEMIAN 61254
Dive into the past with this rustic weathered chevron. The well-known Hungarian point pattern breathes pure elegance and style.
10. CORK – FOR THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Again, not a go-to option for most people. Cork is a unique option that most people overlook. However, cork does have a variety of designs and tints which make it another great option for the living room floor.
If you care about the environment and have an eco-conscious mentality than cork might be 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.
Have a look at the images below to gain a better grasp on how cork will look and feel in your house.
11. SANTA CRUZ 59823
The metallic and indigo hues bring a vintage touch to your interior, while the hints of blue denim add an almost industrial ambiance.
12. AREAS RUGS – THE MISSING PIECE
If you are considering a hard surface flooring product for your living room, an area rug will without fail adds instant warmth, colour, and style to your space. 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 uniquely appealing.
They can add contrast, comfortability and coziness, and since they come in all shapes, colours and designs, they can create a focal point, serve as an anchor, or tie all of the elements of your space together perfectly.
13. COUNTRY OAK 24432
Rich, inviting tones combine beautifully with a darker grain to create a really visually arresting Oak design that won’t look out of place in any room.
14. MIX AND MATCH DESIGN FOR A TRULY BESPOKE FEEL
For truly unique living room floor tiles, why not create a feature area in the centre of your space for a stylish alternative to a traditional carpet or rug?
Surround a pattern from our gorgeous Designer Collections with a plain or wood effect vinyl design from a complementary colour palette. Here, Premium Wood in Reclaimed Pine looks so cosy surrounding a ‘rug’ of Lattice in Pear Tree Green.
15. MARITIME PINE 24241
A rustic design full of character and detail makes a statement in any space, giving all the appeal of natural wood, but without the drawbacks.
16. USE CLEVER DESIGN TO DEFINE LARGE AREAS
Give your joint living and dining space a sense of purpose by incorporating clever zones into your living room flooring design.
Sawn Oak from our wood effect collection is the perfect choice for a living area, and is complemented beautifully by Neisha Crosland’s stunning Parquet design in Red Oxide. For more living room inspiration, take a look at our Zoning/Borders page here.
17. VERDON OAK 24232
A subtle colour scheme and grain formation gives the interior designer carte blanche to let their imagination run free with creation of a truly exceptional space.
18. COMBINE BEAUTY AND FUNCTION FOR A PRACTICAL SPACE
Unlike carpeted floors that are often associated with living rooms, Harvey Maria vinyl and rubber floors are incredibly easy to clean and maintain, making them one the most practical living room flooring options.
Here, Sahara from our Smooth Rubber flooring collection is a fantastic alternative to traditional carpet, and just as warm and comfortable.
19. ETHNIC WENGE 28160
The tropical heritage of ethnic wenge is evident in the sun-kissed grain of this light, bright, beautiful design.
20. CONSIDER WOOD EFFECT FOR AN AUTHENTIC LOOK
For an authentic wood design with none of the practical drawbacks, wood effect vinyl tiles from Harvey Maria are the perfect choice as they are so easy to keep looking beautiful!
Here, our English Oak living room floor tiles look stunning alongside original features and a traditional design scheme – a testament to the incredibly realistic look and feel of our Natural Oak effect collection.
21. STEEL ROCK 46940
This design is based on used steel plates and creates a modern industrial look and feel, but with the warmth of touch offered by vinyl flooring.
22. EXPERIMENT WITH COLOUR AND TEXTURE
The living room is often the largest room of the house, which makes it the perfect canvas upon which to reflect your style and personality. Here, Tadao Ando’s concrete effect tiles in Ando have been paired with subtle grey accessories and contrasting accents in zesty acid yellow for a modern twist on retro design.
23. CLASSIC OAK 24932
Muted tones allow for a subtle foundation to a room, with a softly meandering grain providing the balance between the classic and the modern.
24. BE BOLD WITH COLOUR AND DARING WITH PATTERN
Don’t be afraid to experiment with an all-over patterned floor, like this classic checkered vinyl flooring combination of Jet Black and Latte White from our Colours collection.
The checkerboard flooring design looks stunning against an all-white backdrop for a touch of retro elegance, proving that vinyl flooring for living rooms is a wonderfully stylish-yet-practical design choice.
25. ZEERA SLATE 36952
The earthy tones of natural slate are authentically reproduced, but with the warmth and easy maintenance of vinyl flooring.
26. LOOSELAY LONGBOARD
Featuring predominantly mid-gray hues, Twilight Oak is an on-trend gray plank, perfect for contemporary interiors.
Inspired by European Oak, these distressed planks feature unique grain details and are finished with a lightly brushed surface texture.
With all the benefits of Karndean LooseLay, yet in extra-long plank format, Twilight Oak is quick and easy to install and perfect for spaces where you’re looking to reduce the transfer of noise. Like all Karndean products, it is also a low maintenance option for busy family homes.
27. LATIN PINE 24142
The delicate graining and muted tones of this design makes understated impact in modern environments, and complements a minimalist aesthetic.
28. WEATHERED HEART
The light hues of Weathered Heart Pine fit perfectly with current design trends, where contemporary interiors take on a ‘light and airy’ color scheme.
The detailing in the reclaimed timber features both natural open grain and manmade markings which creates a unique, aged look.
With all the benefits of Karndean LooseLay, yet in extra-long plank format, Weathered Heart Pine is quick and easy to install and perfect for spaces where you’re looking to reduce the transfer of noise. Like all Karndean products, it is also a low maintenance option for busy family homes.
29. FAZINO MAPLE 28580
Rich coppery tones shine through to add real dramatic effect to the red-browns of an already eye-catching wood design.
30. LLP305 RECLAIMED HEART PAIN
Our Italian Mosaic collection has a classical mosaic pattern in which each fragment is individually contoured for a realistic finish. Umbrian Nero delivers this tactile experience through a charcoal black tone which can be creatively offset with one of our attractive borders for a really bold look.