LIVING ROOM FLOOR: INTRODUCTION
Of all the rooms in the house, the living room is the most exploited, in addition to the furniture, therefore, theliving room floor must also be chosen with care.
The living room is the room where you find yourself, welcome guests, give yourself a moment of relax.
Generally the living room is furnished in such a way as to be welcoming, sofas or armchairs, tables, bookcases and a television are placed, making it also a meeting place.
The choice of flooring for the living room must respect the choice of furniture, but it must also be a practical and long-lasting solution.
The floor in the living room will help to give it character and distinguish it from the rest of the house, therefore a careful choice must be made. The market offers an infinite series of possibilities, from the most classic to the most modern and nonconformist.
TIPS FOR CHOICE
Here are 8 simple tips for choosing a living room floor that will not disappoint expectations:
- The living room floor must be in tune with the colors and materials of the room furnishings;
- Avoid too sharp contrasts with the walls of the room;
- Remember that each material has its strengths and weaknesses;
- Contact a professional who can give valid advice;
- Find out about new market trends;
- Quality beats convenience, so choose material with a good quality / price ratio;
- Don’t be afraid to dare;
- Materials with a strong visual impact are certainly fascinating, but in the long run they could tire, better prefer a right middle ground.
Among the most used materials for flooring a living room, the most popular are:
Resin:among the complete coverings particularly suitable for the floor of loft living rooms and open spaces, resin is certainly worth mentioning. Homogeneous material and available in numerous aesthetic variants, the resin can be laid directly on top of the existing flooring (thanks also to a particularly low thickness), with significant advantages in terms of feasibility. Furthermore, it can easily adapt to surfaces of all shapes and extensions, even to living rooms with stranger and irregular shapes.
Terracotta: “ancestor” material of porcelain stoneware, terracotta is ideally placed in all living rooms made in historical contexts, especially rural ones. It is widely used in fact in the case of renovations or restorations of existing buildings. Although not particularly refined, this kind of material returns a unique warmth that is difficult to replicate with other types of material.
Porcelain stoneware: evolution of traditional terracotta tiles, porcelain stoneware is a durable, very resistant material and available in numerous aesthetic variations. Among this, the wood effect is very common. If from an aesthetic point of view such a solution is less relevant for the floor than wooden parquet, on the other hand it has numerous advantages in terms of cost, installation flexibility and resistance and durability.
Marble: here is the queen solution for floors in living rooms at all latitudes: marble. Noble material par excellence, it can be offered in an almost infinite variety of veins and chromatic variations. Furthermore, once installed, we should no longer think about it for many years. In fact, the marble is practically unalterable and polishing from time to time will be sufficient to obtain an almost perfect flooring.
Parquet: solution increasingly practiced in contemporary homes, in particular in open spaces, the parquet, contrary to what is believed, is not much more expensive than most other types of flooring. The most common models, depending on the essences, have prices ranging from 40 to 80 euros per sqm. The types of parquet may vary in relation to the thickness required, the style of the house and the furnishings, the durability that is intended to be obtained from the floor.
Industrial parquet: originating in production spaces, industrial parquet is a type of flooring that is increasingly widespread also in domestic spaces, in particular in open spaces and living rooms. Resistant and durable, it consists of a series of small slats, with a thickness greater than that of traditional planks, assembled and compacted together in “blocks” in the shape of a parallelepiped, tied by a net or adhesive tape support. The individual elements thus composed can be mounted in a longitudinal or transversal position, giving rise to different effects of the textures, which greatly enrich the image of the floor.
The shades are varied, ranging from more neutral to more decisive colors.
Now all that remains is to decide which type of floor for the living room to choose based on the footprint you want to give to the room.
MODERN LIVING ROOM
If you love simple, minimalist lines and trendy furnishings, the floor for a modern living room will be ceramic or porcelain stoneware.
The living room floors in ceramic or porcelain stoneware give the room light and personality, especially if you opt for neutral and light colors ranging from white to dove gray.
CONTEMPORARY LIVING ROOM
The floor for a contemporary living room is in perfect harmony with a room furnished with original furniture and objects in shapes and colors.
To floor a contemporary living room it is important to play with colors and materials by choosing whimsical combinations such as marble and mosaic.
The range of colors on the market for the contemporary living room floor is very wide: white, gray, anthracite gray, cream and black are the most popular, but the combinations of colors such as cream and black are highly appreciated.
CLASSIC LIVING ROOM
The classic living room offers a comfortable, relaxing environment furnished with carefully chosen classic objects.
The ideal floor for a classic living room is undoubtedly wood.
There are various types of parquet on the market ranging from the finest materials to the cheapest ones, but the effect will certainly have a visual impact.
For those who do not like wood, a valid alternative is marble, which despite needing more maintenance to preserve its shine, with its veins will make the living room elegant and welcoming.
NATURAL LIVING ROOM
The trend of recent years is increasingly turning to the choice of materials that recall the relationship between man and earth as much as possible.
Natural stone, with its brightness and versatility, is ideal for the floor of a living room inspired by nature.
Natural stone has conquered the market and is found in various sizes and colors.
LIVING ROOM IN ITALIAN STYLE
The Italian-style living room is the most used in homes, it is characterized by the presence of a sofa or armchairs, bookcase, low table and TV.
The Italian-style living room lends itself to any type of floor, from wood to marble, but the most used material is ceramic.
Ceramic is highly appreciated because it requires little maintenance, it is easy to wash and is resistant to wear over time.
Ceramics of various shades are available on the market ranging from classic to more imaginative colors such as purple, green or red.
ELEGANT LIVING ROOM
Like a classic living room, the floor for an elegant living room must reflect the taste of the furniture.
The best material for an elegant living room floor is marble.
Valuable material much loved in Italy, marble enhances even the smallest rooms, but has two weaknesses: it requires a lot of maintenance and has high costs.
ENGLISH LIVING ROOM
What seemed like a passing trend imported from Anglo-Saxon countries, is proving to be increasingly appreciated in Italy: the fitted carpet.
The fitted carpet is a soft covering that covers the living room floor. Available in various colors and models, it is a solution suitable for all budgets, it guarantees a comfortable environment ideal for those who love walking without shoes or for houses where there are children.
As you have seen, choosing the perfect flooring for your living room is not as simple and obvious as it might have seemed. In fact, there are various factors to consider.
The most important is certainly your aesthetic taste, combined with the functionality you need when choosing flooring.
In addition, it is very important not to stray too far from the reference style of your home in order not to create inappropriate color or stylistic contrasts.
Finally, it is essential to take into consideration the material with which you want to cover the floor of your home.
In fact, even the latter factor is chosen on the basis of strict criteria of style and shape to which reference should always be made.
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