Flooring can be one of the most important decisions you make when designing your living room, as it is one of the first things people will see. Your flooring also depends heavily on your household, while carpet can add comfort and warmth, but a wooden or tiled floor has more longevity for busier houses with high foot traffic.
Here are some options that we think will really bring your living room to life.
Neutral & Practical
When choosing carpet or flooring for your living room, you want to have a style that is durable and hardwearing, as this will be good for high-traffic areas. A neutral carpet or flooring is a practical option that will complement most decors, and it can be dressed up or down with accessories such as statement living room paint and wallpaper, or coloured furniture.
Using Rugs to Add Layers
Layers can work wonders when it comes to protecting lighter carpet. So if you’re considering carpeting an area in your house, don’t be put off by the current carpeting in the area. It is possible for carpet layers to work together to provide an underlayment of carpeting, followed by a rug on top of the carpet. You can also use carpet runners if you want to add that extra layer without spending more money. Rugs are not only a practical addition to a living room, but they also add comfort and style. Not only do they provide warmth underfoot, but they can also add a touch of luxury and character to a space.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing a rug is the placement. You want to make sure that you consider where the rug will be placed and how it will look in that spot. Rugs can be moved to another area or indeed room should you change your mind, but it’s important to think about the long-term placement of the rug.
Embrace Original Floorboards
There are many advantages to wooden floorboards. They are affordable, easy to install, and virtually maintenance free. If you would like to achieve a rustic charm in your living room, consider installing wood plank floors. These are especially beneficial for areas with heavy foot traffic or large furniture that might scratch carpet.
Floorboards can be draughty. But with effective insulation in your home, they can still provide warmth and comfort, but retain a rustic aesthetic.
Why Not go for Vinyl?
While many people may screw their nose up at the thought of vinyl in a living room. When it comes to flooring, vinyl is often overlooked. This is a mistake, as vinyl can be a very valid option for your home. Vinyl is affordable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles and colours.
Vinyl is particularly useful in houses with high foot traffic, with children and animals. It is particularly easy to maintain and retains the sleek look for a long period of time. It avoids the wear and tear you might see with other carpet and flooring.
Select Your Shade Carefully
You need to be careful when selecting the shade that is best suited for your living room. The shade of your carpet and flooring can affect the overall look and feel of the room.
Some people may prefer lighter shades, while others may prefer darker shades. It is important to consider the other furnishings and décor in the room when selecting a shade. You will also want to consider the amount of sunlight that the room receives. Light flooring can make your room feel more spacious and brighter, but darker flooring can help anchor your space. These are important factors to consider when making your decision.
At AFS, we are always looking to stay on top of carpet and flooring trends to make sure we get the best out of your home. If you want to find out more, get in touch today!