The heart of any home is the living room, a haven of space that can provide rest and relaxation away from a busy lifestyle, and an important location in which to socialise and spend time with friends and family. When it comes to decor, a living room space can be adapted to provide anything from a romantic, classic period look to a modern environment to show off unique styling and contemporary statement pieces. A key part of creating this look is in the choice of flooring, and it’s important to take into account the kind of floor covering that might benefit the conceptualised style of the room.
Types of flooring suitable for living room spaces
There are plenty of different kinds of living room flooring available, and choosing the right one is largely a question of taste according to how those who are looking to redecorate visualise their living room space. It depends on the type of look intended for the room and the kinds of materials suitable. Plenty of current flooring options are practical as well as stylish, with modern materials available such as engineered wood, which is more durable and easier to clean than solid wood. In terms of style, carpet provides a warmer, more homely feel, whereas laminate flooring is excellent value and easy to clean, and available in a range of neutral colours.
Furniture styles to match your flooring
Choosing wall-to-wall carpet for a living room space tends to prompt images of classic pieces of furniture, and is well complemented by dark wooden period sideboards and tables, as well as luxurious sofas and chaises longue. Styles that look great with carpet also include vintage, shabby chic looks that combine pretty patterns with simple painted bookshelves and drawers.
For laminate wood flooring, there are a variety of style options to choose from. Modern looks can be made striking and interesting by touches of period style, such as one or two pieces of furniture or ornaments that are arranged around a theme. To make a feature of bare wooden floorboards, or to provide a sense of light and space, choose sleek furniture items that are raised off the floor to provide an uncluttered, contemporary look.
Window treatments and styles to match
In addition to furniture style, window coverings can really bring out the look and colour of different flooring options. Picking out a tone in the flooring and painting window frames or shutters to match, can really bring out that colour, and choosing from the wide range of UK interior window shutters available can add a unique touch to any living room. Window frames and windowsills painted in complementary shades of gloss can also lighten a room and provide a contrast for a neutral floor colour. If a carpet is patterned or has different tones or flecks of colour in the pile, choosing one colour, especially a neutral tone, and reflecting this in window frame and skirting board paint choices can really complement the colour palette by bringing different elements of the room together and coordinating the chosen style effectively.