Transform your living room into a breathtaking space with the timeless elegance of wood flooring. Choosing the right flooring for your living room is no easy task. Not only is it the first place you return to after a long day, but it’s also where you have guests and a lot of foot traffic to consider. That’s why we firmly believe finding the right mix between form and function is vital to a happy home.
Here at Flooring365, we take great pride in our extensive range of wood and wood effect flooring options, including walnut and oak flooring, allowing you to choose the one that perfectly complements your living rooms unique character. So regardless of whether you’re looking for something traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, we have endless flooring options for you to see and sample.
Take advantage of our unlimited samples offer, allowing you to order as many as you require for a thorough comparison. After years in the flooring industry, we firmly believe this is still the best way to envision your new living room flooring. After all, we know the quality of our floors, but knowing how it will look in your home is key to making an informed decision about your flooring selection.
Proceeding with your sample order is hassle-free and completely cost-free, including delivery. To claim your free samples, simply find the floors you like best and click the ‘order free sample button’. You can find this on the category pages or the individual product pages. Once you are happy with your selection of samples, you can continue with your order by visiting your cart.
All of our samples are sent by Royal Mail, and you can usually expect to receive them within 2-3 days. Don’t worry though, we always make sure our samples can fit through a letterbox, so you won’t need to be at home for the delivery. We also cover the cost of delivery fees, so no cost is passed on to you. However, if you’re in a rush to finish your living room renovation, you can specifically request your samples to arrive sooner for a small cost. In which case, we advise that you order as many as you need in one go to avoid any further costs.
When it comes to living room flooring, you’ll want to get it right the first time since this is often one of the biggest rooms of the house and therefore, the most expensive to replace. However, choosing the right flooring will depend on multiple factors, all of which are specific to each family and home. As experts in the flooring industry, we often find the most common aspects to consider for a living room include pets, children, underfloor heating, and style. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they're your biggest concerns though. So, let’s go through what could be most important to you, and which is the best floor based on your requirements.
The living room is one of the first rooms to improve if you’re looking to add value to your home and in that case, solid wood flooring is your best bet. Solid wood floors have always upheld their value, offering an authentic, natural appearance. So, whether you’re looking for a neutral wood to help sell your home or looking to add value to your family home with a characterful wood floor, there are plenty of hardwood floors to choose from.
If you’re planning on having underfloor heating installed, then chances are you’ll be starting with the room you spend the most time in, the living room. In this case, you’ll want to ensure that your new flooring can stand the test of time, even with higher temperatures. We find that engineered wood floors with a maximum thickness of 15mm are best for this. However, please be advised that our floors are only suitable for use with a water-based system, not electrical. While some flooring companies fail to mention this, electric heat systems will create heat spikes which can disturb any wood flooring, creating issues over time. This also applies to LVT and laminate wood flooring.
If you’re looking for a bold statement piece, then you’ll want to opt for parquet flooring. The intricate designs and geometric patterns of parquet flooring make it completely unique from other wood floors.
If you’re looking for something that’s budget-friendly, you’ll probably want a laminate or LVT floor. However, we do also have plenty of cost-effective options in our engineered wood flooring sale as well.
When you own a pet, whether it’s a dog, a cat, or a rabbit, they become part of the family. Therefore, it’s no wonder that so many people are considering them when renovating their homes. After all, there’s plenty to think about, such as whether the floor has anti-slip or scratch-resistant properties. The truth is every floor has its pros and cons when it comes to pets. However, laminate flooring or LVT flooring are your best options overall. You can find out why here.
Yes, vinyl flooring is one of the few floors that can be placed in any room of the house! Even in bathrooms.
Yes, laminate flooring has a highly resistant protective surface, making it perfect for high-traffic areas of the home. This protective layer not only helps protect against scuffs and scratches but stains and fading too. Therefore, you won't have to worry about the appearance of your floor changing.
If you’ve decided on laminate for your living room flooring, then you’re probably wondering which laminate floor is best. The truth is, there’s no direct answer since it will depend on factors such as foot traffic and pets. However, there are some elements you’ll want to consider when looking for laminate flooring such as:
Generally speaking, our laminate floors will last 10 years in most households, provided it is installed correctly and well-maintained.
The cost of replacing your living room flooring will depend on multiple factors such as the floor type and size of your living room. To get an accurate costing of your floor it’s important that you take the right measurements and account for at least 10% wastage (15% for parquet floors). Then, you’ll need to decide which floor it is you like best. We suggest speaking to one of our experts and then making use of our unlimited sample offer to decide. However, ultimately, this decision lies with you.
Once you have your measurements and a floor in mind, you can use our calculator on the corresponding product page. This will take into consideration the square meter coverage of each floor pack for that product, based on your measurements, and calculate the total number of packs needed, along with a price. Please bear in mind that this price will include VAT but not your delivery cost. Should you need any further advice, our expert team will be on hand every step of the way to answer any questions. Simply give us a call or request a call back on our site and someone will be in touch shortly.
Don’t have your measurements? We suggest taking a look at the article from Home How which will provide you with some basic estimates for now. However, we highly suggest that you do not base your renovation budget around these numbers since it is just a generic guideline of costs, not an actual quote.
While many people do choose to match their living room flooring to their hallway, it’s not a requirement. In fact, many people love the look of ‘mismatched’ flooring so that each room can have its own personality, so to speak.
Generally speaking, board thickness is a case of personal preference. However, thicker boards do tend to be more hard-wearing and provide a slightly improved sound reduction performance. As well as this, thicker boards are usually more suited to higher traffic areas, where they can withstand greater use.
Depending on which floor type you choose, will depend on your board thickness options. Here at Flooring365, we have a range of different floor thickness options, each with its own pros and cons. However, unless you plan on having underfloor heating, the thickness of your boards shouldn’t matter too much with living room flooring. Choosing a thicker board is only helpful with solid wood flooring when it comes to living rooms, as it will allow more chances to sand and refinish your floor in future. If you are opting for an engineered wood floor, focus on the wear layer instead.
The wear layer refers to the top, aesthetic surface layer of real wood, which gives the engineered flooring its look. Thicker wear layers, whilst usually more expensive, offer greater durability and the option to sand more frequently, meaning flooring can be refreshed more times before being replaced.
Most engineered wood floors, regardless of the thickness of the wear layer, will provide years of use, maintaining their impressive appearance.
In most cases, sanding the top layer of engineered wood flooring will remove up to 1MM of surface, with a minimum of 1MM needed leftover for protection. As a rough guide, here’s the number of times a floor can be sanded, based on the initial wear layer thickness:
3mm: 1-2 times
4mm: 2-3 times
5mm: 3-4 times
6mm: 4-5 times
(Please note: Sanding times is a guide only, the number of times a floor can be sanded will vary on an individual basis.)
In terms of practicality, all of our floors will work as living room flooring, leaving your options open to engineered wood, solid wood, laminate, and LVT should you wish. Our job as experts is to help you decipher what your requirements are and which floor is best for your home, based on that.
The current biggest trends in living room flooring include grey flooring & parquet flooring. These particular styles have grown massively in popularity over the past year, taking over homes all over the UK. Grey has become the new magnolia, providing a well-needed neutral tone to many homes, from walls & floors to furniture, we can’t see this trend leaving yet. Whereas parquet flooring has remained a classic and timeless appearance for centuries, but we have definitely seen the demand increase over recent months, with an ever-growing love for the intricate patterns it provides. While herringbone remains the most sought-after, a slow increase in the demand for chevron flooring can be seen too.
Since living rooms are often the biggest room of the house, as well as the one where you have guests over the most, it’s understandable that maintenance is of the utmost priority for many. If that’s the case for you then you’ll probably want laminate or LVT. Both floors are extremely easy to maintain and only require a regular sweep and occasional mop to keep them in top condition.
While it may seem a little unconventional to have stone flooring in the living room, many people love the mix of texture it provides. However, stone floors are cold to the touch, which is why stone effect LVT is often a better choice. Providing the same appearance, with waterproof properties and a warm comfortable underfoot feel, LVT flooring is extremely versatile and can mimic many different textures and finishes.
If you’re looking for a popular choice, that isn’t just a passing trend then you’ll want to consider solid or engineered wood. Solid wood floors have remained a popular choice throughout the years and are still recognised for their value by homeowners and mortgage advisors alike. With numerous different colours, styles, and finishes available (including solid wood parquet) it’s easy to see why many people still choose hardwood as their living room flooring.
When it comes to unique floors, nothing can beat the intricate patterns of parquet flooring. However, if parquet isn’t your style, there are some other less conventional choices. You could opt for an unfinished solid or engineered wood floor and add your own finish. Or you could choose a more unique LVT such as our stone effect floors.
Contrary to popular belief, black flooring can be used to make a room look larger than it really is. While not always the case, this works particularly well in rooms with a lot of lighter neutral colours to contrast with, or rooms that receive a lot of natural light already. Black flooring also works really well in monochrome designs to create a striking and ultra-modern interior. If black flooring is of interest to you, we highly suggest taking a look at our black engineered wood floors.
Beige is a versatile and neutral colour that can complement a variety of design styles and colour palettes. Whether you’re looking for a typical beige floor, or following the trends with a greige floor, we have plenty to choose from. For beige flooring, we suggest taking a look at our laminate flooring. However, if greige flooring is what you’re looking for, we have a wide selection of grey engineered wood flooring. All of which have varying levels of grey, with some more beige or silver than others.
Brown is a common colour for various types of wood flooring. So, it goes without saying that when it comes to brown wood flooring, there are hundreds on the market. To get an overall feel for what shade of brown it is you want, take a look at our engineered oak flooring.
Dark brown flooring in a living room can create a rich, elegant, and cosy atmosphere. However, it's important to balance the dark tones to ensure that the space doesn't feel overly heavy or gloomy. By carefully balancing colours, textures, and lighting, you can create a space that is visually appealing, comfortable, and inviting. If this sounds like the right colour for your living room flooring, you should take a look at our dark engineered wood floors. It may also be worth looking at some of our handscraped or distressed floors, adding texture and dimension to the space for a truly luxurious feel.
Light brown flooring in a living room can create a warm and inviting space with a natural and airy feel. This works extremely well in farmhouse, coastal, bohemian, and Scandinavian designs. If this sounds like the right living room flooring for your home, take a look at our natural solid wood floors. This will add an element of nature which is perfect for these types of interiors, which often make use of natural materials.
Dark grey flooring in a living room can create a contemporary and sophisticated atmosphere. However, we always advise when buying a darker floor that you consider what look it is you want to achieve. By carefully planning your design, you can avoid creating a small and cramped atmosphere. While we have grey flooring across all our ranges, some of our favourite dark grey flooring can be found in our grey laminate flooring range.
Dark wood flooring in a living room can create a luxurious, timeless, and elegant atmosphere that will complement traditional interiors best. However, it will suit a multitude of interiors when paired with the right design elements. If dark wood flooring is what you desire, you should take a look at our coffee or smoked floors. Or, if you are looking to add a touch of luxury to your living room, our walnut floors are sure to wow guests.
Grey is right on trend at the moment, providing a stylish addition to living rooms that will complement most interiors. With that in mind, we have a wide range of grey floors in stock across all floor types. However, some of our favourites at the moment include our grey vinyl flooring range which is perfect for living rooms, even in busy family homes with pets and children to consider.
Light grey flooring can provide a modern and neutral foundation for your living room. Plus, it’s particularly on trend at the moment. If light grey is what you are looking for, we suggest taking a look at some of our ‘silver’ floors such as our Twickenham Engineered Silver Grey Oak Brushed & Lacquered.
When choosing floor and wall colours for your living room, it's important to consider the overall style and mood you want to achieve. It’s also a good idea to test sample colours in small patches on your wall and floor to see how they look under your specific lighting conditions before making a final decision so don’t forget to make use of our free unlimited samples when planning your living room design.
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas to help you create a cohesive and inviting colour palette for your living room:
Walls: Soft beige, light grey, or creamy white.
Flooring: Light hardwood or natural engineered wood.
Walls: Charcoal grey, deep navy, or rich emerald green.
Walls: Pale blue, seafoam green, or sandy beige.
Flooring: White engineered wood or light solid oak flooring.
Walls: Terracotta, warm taupe, or deep olive green.
Flooring: Dark solid wood flooring, or stone effect LVT flooring.
Walls & Floors: Shades of grey, from light to charcoal, for a sleek and cohesive look.
Walls: Muted pastels like dusty rose, sage green, or faded turquoise.
Walls: Crisp white paired with bold accent walls in deep burgundy, navy, or black.
Flooring: Dark wood or black solid wood flooring for added contrast.
Walls: Soft white or light beige with exposed brick or shiplap accents.
Flooring: Smoked engineered wood or distressed wood flooring for a more rustic feel.
Walls: Rich jewel tones like deep purple, electric blue, or vibrant orange.
Flooring: Golden engineered wood flooring or coffee coloured flooring.
Walls: Very light pastels or calming neutrals like pale gray or soft taupe.
Flooring: Light engineered wood or grey solid wood flooring.
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