living room flooring

Wooden flooring

14/11/2013

Dark wood floorWooden flooring has a classic and timeless feel that is appropriate in traditional and contemporary homes alike. Let’s take a look at the following:

  • Solid wood
  • Engineered wood

Solid wood flooring is made from a single piece of wood, it’s often cheaper than engineered wood floors, but the installation costs are usually higher, so when budgeting do remember to factor this cost in. It can be sanded back multiple times and either left unfinished, oiled or lacquered. It would be an asset in any house, and ages wonderfully.

Engineered wood flooring consists of layers of wood which are pressed and glued together to the desired thickness. Not all engineered flooring is equal: the thicker the top layer, the more expensive, but they can be refinished in the future, unlike thinner, cheaper versions. So if your floor is going to be down for a long time, or is in a high traffic area, do consider how well it will age.

The downside with a wooden floor is that it doesn’t have the same cosy feel as a carpet, so you may want to add a rug just to finish it off. This can also add a luxurious feel to the room and is a practical interior design choice.

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Wood Laminate

12/11/2013

laminate flooringWood laminate flooring is one of the cheaper interior design options. If cost is a major factor when you’re renovating your home, then laminate is an affordable, clean and stylish option, which is also easy to install. Laminate flooring can be susceptible to scratches and damage, but it’s very easy to keep clean and mop up any spillages, making it a great option for young families.

Again, you will get what you pay for with wood laminate. Expect the more expensive options to be more durable and have an overall better finish. However, if you’re renovating a home for resale, or your living room won’t experience much footfall then a cheaper laminate flooring option will provide a good, clean, neutral finish.

It’s also a good option for serial decorators; if you change the colour of your walls on a whim, then neutral flooring will see you through many a re-design.

 

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Tiles

07/11/2013

floor tiles in living roomTiles may not seem like the natural choice for a living room, but they can be a wonderful interior design choice. The main downside of tiles in a living room is that they can be cold; therefore often under-floor heating is considered with a tiled floor. Before you look into what tiles to go for, discuss with your builder what will be suitable for an under-floor heating system.

Slate, ceramic or stone tiles can work brilliantly in a stylish home and make a dramatic statement. Slate and stone are well suited to a traditional British home, and the colours that are available in ceramic are perfect if your home is inspired by the Mediterranean. Due to the quality of the materials and the installation costs, tiles are an expensive option, but they’re a great investment and very long lasting.

Tiles are easy to clean and maintain, provided you’re aware of any furniture that could scratch them. They can feel cold underfoot, but a thick rug will add comfort, warmth and cosiness. A tiled living room may not be suitable for young families, due to the bumps and bruises that may occur, although spillages can be easily mopped up. It’s also very unforgiving if anything is dropped, so if you’re a little accident prone, it probably wouldn’t be the best option for you.

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Carpet

05/11/2013

lounge carpetCarpets are the traditional interior design choice for living rooms. They are cosy underfoot, warm and inviting. The choice of colours and patterns are seemingly endless, as are the textures and qualities. Carpets can be a popular family choice, as it’s comfortable to sit on and young children won’t get hurt if they fall over.

If you want to go for a bold choice of colour, ensure you have thoroughly thought it through first. Deep colours make a space seem smaller and affect your mood. Light colours will open a space up, but are also prone to stains. Patterns and flecks can hide a multitude of sins such as stains and the odd crumb!

Wool carpets will provide you with the best quality, but also carry the higher price tag. A wool and nylon blend carpet may be a more affordable choice. Wool is generally considered the best quality and will hold up well against a high footfall, however it can be hard to remove stains and can be prone to fading from sunlight.

If you have small children, a continually muddy dog, a messy teenager, or you simply don’t want to worry about the inevitable red wine spillage, then look towards man-made fibres. They aren’t always eco-friendly, but can be reasonably priced and very enduring against all of life’s little accidents. Acrylic, polyester and polypropylene are all good options, unfortunately the pile will not hold up as well to heavy footfall as a wool carpet.

You also need to consider the type of person that you are. Will this floor be down until it wears out, or are you likely to tire of it in a couple of years and want a complete change?

If you’d like to add any other considerations, please do so in the comments section. We’d be very happy to hear from you.

 

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Living roomIn many houses the living room is the focal point of the home and when renovating, your living room has to reflect both your tastes and lifestyle. Choosing the correct flooring will have a huge impact on the overall interior design of your living room, so it’s a decision that’s worth spending some time over.

As with any renovation project, the first decision that you need to make is what you can afford. Measure your living room and decide how much you’re going to spend per square metre. Don’t just include the cost of materials, but hidden extras, such as underlay if you choose carpet, installation costs if you choose tiles, or treatment if you choose a wooden floor. You’ll get what you pay for with flooring, so expect more expensive options to last longer and be of an overall higher quality.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to look at the following alternatives and examine the pros and cons:

  • Carpet
  • Tiles
  • Wood
  • Wood laminate
  • Natural flooring

If you have anything to add, or other alternatives that you’re considering, please tell us about them in the comments section.

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