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Living Room Flooring Ideas and Trends

The sky's the limit when it comes to decorating your living room. Whether you prefer a quaint and cozy cottage aesthetic or a clean and polished look, the flooring in your living room sets the stage for your design. The living room is often the central gathering area in your home, so you want the flooring you select to both impress and stand up to everyday life. There are several important factors to consider when determining what the best flooring for your living room will be. How frequently do you host guests? Do you have children and pets? What is the overall function of your living room? The answers to these questions will help you decide what the best flooring for your living room will be, whether that is hardwood, laminate, vinyl flooring, carpet, or tile flooring. 

Best Flooring for Living Room with Pets
Best Flooring for Living Room with Kids 
Best Wood Flooring for Living Room
Best Laminate Flooring for Living Room
Vinyl Flooring for Living Room 
 

Best Flooring for Living Room with Pets

If you are a pet owner, you know how important it is for the flooring in your living room to be able to stand up to everyday messes your furry family members make. Whether you have energetic dogs who love to run around the living room and use their nails for traction or acrobatic cats who leap from your couch to the floor, it is important to make sure your floors are pet-friendly. Pet dander and nails are two of the most common issues for your living room flooring. Carpets can collect pet dander and hair, contributing to allergies and unpleasant smells. Pets’ nails inevitably make contact with your flooring, so soft hardwood flooring can show scratches and dents. Luxury vinyl flooring, waterproof hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl sheet flooring are all great options for reducing pet dander, and they are scratch-resistant. Choosing a flooring with a natural distressed look and texture can also help disguise minor scratches and scuffs.


 

Best Flooring for Living Room with Kids

Another important factor when deciding on living room flooring is whether you have small children who will inevitably spill juice, track mud into the living room, or ride their adorable toy fire truck across your floors. While the thought alone may have you panicking, there are so many great flooring options available that allow you to relax and let your kids be kids without worrying about them damaging your flooring. Waterproof hardwood flooring is an excellent choice if you desire the look and charm of hardwood floors, but also need them to be waterproof. Luxury vinyl flooring and sheet vinyl flooring also offer a beautiful style that can still stand up to everyday messes and are easy to install. Laminate flooring is both water-resistant and budget-friendly without compromising on functionality and style. Order 3 free samples of your favorite flooring to see which option looks best in your home!



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Best Wood Flooring for Living Room

Hardwood flooring is a gorgeous and classic choice for the living room because of its charm and warmth. Darker, high variation hardwood floors can provide the perfect contrast to lighter walls and furniture, especially if you have ample natural light and taller ceilings to make your living room feel larger. Gorgeous Nashville Scene Waterproof Hardwood by Raintree Flooring in Color Hermitage pairs beautifully with lighter walls and has a natural look and feel all while maintaining waterproof properties. Lighter hardwood flooring is an equally stunning option that is extremely popular as it opens up a space and keeps the living room bright and airy. Mixing light wood floors with pops of color in furniture and accent pieces helps inject personality and style while keeping a neutral base.

Waterproof Hardwood Floors
Nashville Scene Waterproof Hardwood by Raintree Flooring in Color Hermitage 
 

Best Laminate Flooring for Living Room

If you recently read our post on the Different Types of Laminate Flooring and have decided that laminate flooring is the option you want for your living room, we couldn’t agree more! With its durability, style, and budget-friendly qualities, laminate flooring is a fantastic choice. When it comes to the best laminate flooring for the living room, it is important to consider the amount of foot traffic and your personal style. As with wood flooring, you can go with a dark laminate to create a more rustic, moody feel or a lighter laminate for a bright and airy living room style. We love the bright look of Hydrana Water Resistant Laminate Flooring by Beauflor in color Classic Blanco (below). A lighter laminate flooring allows for endless possibilities in the wall color and furniture choices. Paired with a lighter wall color, bold furniture choices really pop and become a focal point in the living room for a fun and eclectic vibe.

Water Resistant Laminate in Living Room
Hydrana Water Resistant Laminate Flooring by Beauflor in color Classic Blanco 
 

Vinyl Flooring for Living Room

Vinyl flooring for the living room is an excellent choice for active families because most options are waterproof or water-resistant, scratch-resistant, and hold up great with children and pets. Learn more about different types of vinyl flooring in our blog post: Types of Vinyl Flooring Explained, to see which option will work best for your family. If you prefer a wood look, luxury vinyl plank flooring comes in a variety of colors and textures to give the look and appearance of hardwood flooring. Luxury vinyl tile mimics the look of ceramic tile flooring and is a sturdy, gorgeous option that is economical and easy to install. Sheet vinyl flooring has also come a long way in terms of design and style, so you can recreate the look of wood or tile flooring for a fraction of the cost and installation time. 

Wood Grain Vinyl Flooring in Living Room
Impact Flooring by Palmetto Road in North Shore 

No matter what your style is, Twenty & Oak has a variety of flooring options for you to choose from for your living room! Talk to one of our flooring experts today to see what option is best for your living room flooring and tour our virtual showroom to browse products and features. 
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Twenty & Oak Experts are a team of flooring professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in the industry. They have hands-on experience with all flooring types and bring inside industry know-how to homeowners in the Southeast.