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Which flooring is right for my living room?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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For some of us, the living room can be the centre of our lives. This is a room where we spend hours on end with family, friendly or on our own; watching movies, TV or maybe a board game. The right flooring plays a crucial role and we also have our claims: it should be easy to care for, to look resilient and, naturally, beautiful.

Let’s take a look at some great tips to help you decide the right living room flooring for you…  

Parquet or laminate

Parquet and laminate are among the most popular flooring for the living room. But what are the advantages of each type? Parquet are narrow strips of wood, which are assembled often by a slot system that eliminates gaps in between the individual pieces. Laminate flooring looks very similar at first glance, however, they are merely wood chipboard or fibreboard, laid in a thin and decorative layer.

Due to the nature of pure wood flooring, parquet is, generally speaking, high-quality and robust. Compared to laminate flooring, it’s more durable because the material can be restored. Laminate, however, is cheaper and can therefore be found in many households. Both surfaces are easy to care for, but need to be cleaned with caution. Stains are easily removed with a big clean, however, they should only be damp-mopped, because otherwise you can swell the wood.

Floor boards

Rustic wooden boards, as flooring, are particularly typical of older buildings. While wood flooring on a solid surface (usually laid upon concrete on lower levels) it is laid by nailing to wooden planks directly to the floor joists. 

The planks have a lot of character, which comes across as extremely advantageous. And wood has another advantage: It does not only warm but also can also heat store well.


With carpet, the benefits are obvious: it’s soft, warm and makes for a cosy atmosphere. In addition, the material has an additional sound-absorbing quality that comes in very useful. Whether big or small—the colour variety is enormous and offers something for every taste and domestic style. 

Also for Allergies, a carpet had a significant advantage: the dust gets trapped in carpets and doesn't get stirred up when you walk over it; like with hard flooring. However, a carpet needs to be cleaned regularly. Our tip: vacuum every three to four days (depending on usage) and then use cleaner 4 times a year, in order to kill off any nasties that might be lurking in there. 


Tiles no longer belong just in the kitchen or bathroom. Tiles with unusual patterns are an exceptionally sensational flooring. From baroque to Mediterranean, styles are so versatile. The latest trends are the wood tile, which—as the name suggests—are visually warmer with a wooden design.

A disadvantage we have to admit though: tiles tend to be cold to the feet. But you can always install a heated floor

Natural stone flooring

 Living room by Pientka - Faszination Naturstein
Pientka—Faszination Naturstein

Pientka—Faszination Naturstein

Pientka - Faszination Naturstein

A floor made of tiles or natural stone is particularly good as a covering for an under floor heating situation. This is because the material has a high thermal conductivity. Thus, the heat, quickly and easily, can access to the entire room. Natural stone is also a very durable flooring, which features unique colours and grain patterns. 

Screed flooring

Screeds are typically a base for a more conventional type of flooring. However, as a top layer, the finish looks the part. It’s very easy to clean and remarkably durable too.

Want some more flooring tips? Have a look at this new type of concrete flooring or some tips for your kitchen floor

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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