Living room flooring and your sofa
This is one of the most lived-in rooms of the home. It’s a place where families gather on the sofa to watch TV, play games, interact with each other, entertain guests, and often where children like to scatter their toys about as they disappear into their little dream-worlds of adventure.
In order to choose the ideal living room flooring to match your sofa, the best things to do is determine what its most often used for. If young children are not an issue, then a softer surface is not a requirement, although many people do prefer carpet for its warmth and softness underfoot.
The most two popular choices for living room flooring are hardwood and wall-to-wall carpeting. They are by far the most traditional throughout the history of living room flooring, but they are not the only choices.
Bamboo flooring is a great sustainable flooring option, requiring very little maintenance other than sweeping or damp mopping. It looks beautiful and has a warm and inviting feel.
Cork flooring is another eco-friendly choice, and it can be found as tiles, planks and even mosaic designs. It usually results in a floating floor, which also provides a level of give for those walking on it.
For those who want the look of traditional hardwood flooring but at a lesser cost, engineered wood flooring as an option that once installed is almost impossible to tell the difference. While it can’t be refinished as many times as hardwood flooring, it comes with a long warranty and adds value to the home.
Laminate flooring is also an inexpensive alternative when the look of wood is desired but not the cost. One of the benefits of this type of flooring is that there are a multitude of design options to help match your sofa, not only in the look of the laminate itself, but also colours, installation methods, and even textures that make this flooring look very real.
Parquet flooring is another option available, and is generally much cheaper than it was originally when each piece was painstakingly installed by a master of his craft. Today they come in tiles that can be installed fairly easily to give the same look as the traditional parquet, but without the price tag attached.
Some people choose to install ceramic tile in their living room, and this is a beautiful option for an elegant living room. Usually people will choose to lay down area rugs in areas to break up the space somewhat, or simply to protect the tile from heavy furniture.
Marble is an expensive option, and does require a bit more maintenance. Because it’s a large investment, anyone willing to spend the money will need to ensure that it is properly maintained over the years to keep it looking beautiful.
When installing living room flooring it is also important to take into consideration how much traffic and where the most traffic lies, so that the flooring choice can be protected from excessive wear with area rugs, especially at the front of your sofa.
In most cases it is also wise to protect flooring from the sofa feet with floor protectors or furniture pads to prevent scratches and dents. It’s also wise to always lift furniture when moving it to help your living room floor looking beautiful.
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