Which floor for the living room? Our guide

What are our requirements for our flooring in the living room? In the room where we spend most of our free time, the floor should radiate coziness and warmth, but please also be easy to care for. Because in the living room is eaten, drunk and celebrated. It happens that one or the other drink is spilled or the snack lands on the floor instead of on the plate. In such cases, the right flooring is worth gold because it is easy to clean and the traces of the last party disappear in no time. Naturally, such characteristics are also appreciated when children or animals live in the home.

But what is there actually for choices for the floor in the living room? The most well-known coverings are the parquet, the laminate and the carpet. And we'll tell you more materials that you can use to shape your floor: For example, have you ever thought about tiles in your living room? Or would you like to know what cement concrete floors are about? Then let us guide you through the variety of living room floors and learn incidentally a few tricks for cleaning and maintaining the materials. Let yourself be captivated by the charm of the wooden plank, discover the fascination of natural stone and venture with visual screed on new terrain.

Parquet or laminate?

When it comes to the question of flooring in the living room, the same question keeps coming up: What is better - parquet or laminate? There is no clear answer, but we will tell you the pros and cons of each material. So you can decide for yourself which surface is more suitable for you. In general, it is increasingly difficult today to distinguish the two floor coverings visually. Rather, the composition of the material plays the crucial role in the question of longevity and price. 

Parquet is usually made of pure wood - several layers are connected. For the upper part, on which we move, hard and resistant solid wood is used. The color of a parquet floor can vary: from light maple to light brown oak to dark walnut. As can be seen in this example, the dark wood of the walnut looks very elegant and is an excellent contrast to a bright home decor.

But even with laminate are a variety of colors and even structures to choose from. Because laminate looks just like a real wooden floor, but - instead of solid wood - made of glued wood chips or fibers. The topmost layer usually consists of a chipboard, to which a decorative paper has been glued. And this paper makes possible the different designs of the laminate: light, dark, with wood grain or even in tile look - there is something for every taste. In addition, fibers or pores are nowadays incorporated into the decorative paper in order to make the surface appear as lively and versatile as possible.

In contrast to parquet, laminate has the advantage that it has a lower construction height and can be laid more easily. In addition, laminate is generally more robust and easier to clean. Especially if animals are kept in the house or apartment, the flooring is recommended because it is less sensitive to scratching. However, once larger quirks are in the laminate, they can not be easily repaired. The wood of the parquet, on the other hand, can be sanded down and reshaped.

When it comes to the price advantage, laminate is clearly ahead. This is primarily due to the cheaper material used in manufacturing. For a parquet floor, this is higher quality wood, which is usually more durable. Incidentally, both coverings are suitable for installing underfloor heating.

Our tip: Rethink the cost, effort and longevity of the materials and make the most appropriate decision.

Wooden floorboards in the living room

Wooden floorboards are classics of floor design. In an old apartment, we sometimes wonder how many decades the planks have already left behind? It is this historic charm that makes it a very special element in every room. Every single grain, every crack and every little knothole seems to tell its own story. And not only the look gives the room a touch of liveliness. Because the wood lives actually continue. Due to its climate-regulating properties, the natural material in living spaces is particularly appreciated. Because wood is capable of absorbing moisture and releasing it at intervals over time to the environment. 

In order to enjoy wooden floors such as parquet, laminate or floorboards as long as possible, proper cleaning and care is important. Especially sensitive, slightly swelling wood should only be wiped damp if possible and never use rough sponges or scratching brushes for cleaning. Furniture that is often moved, such as chairs or tables, should be provided with felt pads so that the surface of the floor is not unnecessarily strained.

Our tip: For rustic-style living rooms, a rustic plank floor is simply ideal.

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Carpet - yes or no?

The advantages of a carpet in the living room are obvious: it contributes to sound insulation, is warm to the feet and creates a cozy ambience. And here is the good news for those who are afraid of the tedious laying of the carpet: laying a carpet in the living room means no longer that the flooring must be painstakingly and almost irrevocably glued to the floor. 

For example, our experts at Interface offer an excellent alternative. The carpet tiles of the internationally successful company can be easily integrated into any room. With special adhesive techniques, the tiles can be easily attached and, if necessary, removed without leaving any residue. And if you want something more variety or splash of color, even individual tiles can be replaced. Did you know that carpet laying can be so easy nowadays?

Even though the removal of individual carpet tiles may sound seductive in the case of larger stains on the floor, we should rather resort to a few home remedies when cleaning. The wax drop can be loosened with blotting paper and an iron from the fabric, is perhaps nothing new - but for those who have so quickly no iron on hand: A hair dryer does it too! At the cozy TV evening accidentally some chocolate landed on the carpet? Then do not wipe immediately and smear the sweet temptation, but keep a cool head: put ice cubes or cooling pads on the stain and let it freeze slightly. Then the chocolate can be carefully scraped off the carpet fiber.

Our tip: A carpet always exudes a living room atmosphere! However, if parties rather than relaxing on the plan, you should think carefully about the purchase.

Tiles made of natural stone

Tiles in the kitchen or the bathroom we are used to - but in the living room? We say: Yes, there too! Because tiles are no longer just small white surfaces that serve to reject the water. Rather, we can give our living room even a very unusual character with a variety of colors, marbling and structuring. Particularly suitable for this are tiles made of natural stone. Whether Mediterranean flair or luxurious castle ambience - with the versatile natural material can be almost every style in their own
implement four walls. Natural stones such as lime, marble and granite are characterized by very individual colors and patterns - making each stone unique. 

From beauty to practical use: natural stone is particularly easy to care for. Since the material has been proven in nature for decades, it is particularly robust and resistant. And that also benefits us in our everyday lives: The pointed feet of the designer chair, the fallen vase or the spilled red wine can not harm this floor covering.

Our tip: Get to know the variety of natural stones! Whether reddish sandstone or black marble - choose the appropriate color to your facility.

Cement floors in concrete look

The team around our expert Marcus Müller uses a mixture of cement and high-quality elastic resins for the production of the living room floor to be seen in the picture. This mix of materials brings with it a number of advantages: The coating can be applied seamlessly, making it water-repellent and breathable at the same time. No wonder that this floor has long been very popular in bathrooms and outdoor areas.

In addition, this cement floor also provides space for our creativity: We can determine the color and traversing in consultation with the experts themselves. Our tip: With light processing marks such as spatula strokes, we have hereby the perfect floor for an industrial-style living room. 

Design screed as floor covering

While screed was previously used as a floor underlay, for example, to compensate for bumps
Today implement with him as a pure flooring various styles.

Our experts from design screed Prepare flow screeds based on calcium sulphate and cement and also adapt these to the individual wishes of the customer. When laying this floor, you should definitely get advice from a specialist. Because only with expert processing or consulting can our ideas be optimally implemented. It is important to consider the layout of the room as well as the incidence of light in order to achieve the best possible results. 

Our tip: Anyone who has furnished their living room in a timeless, classic style, is well advised with the simple yet unique design of a screed floor.

You fell in love with a particular floor covering at first glance, but still need some design tips to set up your living room perfectly? Then you will find it here: Ideas for the living room.

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