Living rooms and dining rooms look great if you choose the similar fundamental elements of their décor in the same style. Whether this is your choice of color palette for the walls or flooring system, you can make your reception rooms feel like more connected zones, even if they are not open plan to one another. If you include other reception rooms in the mix, like an entrance hallway, then the effect can be to make the whole home seem a bit larger.
This is particularly so in smaller homes and apartments. When you are choosing a new way to decorate your living room’s floor, it can be well worth considering a material that will also work in your other reception rooms, to get the coordinated look. Smart flooring systems should define the base tone for the room, be hard wearing, practical and easy to maintain. Especially in smaller residences, try to do away with busy patterns that catch the eye.
Hard Wearing Bamboo.
Increasingly popular among eco conscious designers and homeowners, bamboo makes for a great alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. Because bamboo is an exceptionally hard wearing material, it is ideal for use as a floor covering, even when it is cut into very thin sections. Laminated bamboo floors are ideal in hallways and dining rooms. Use the material in your lounge as well to get a grainy, wooden floor feel and soften the look with a rug. Bamboo floors look great set against stone floors and seamlessly integrate with many styles of interior design.
Wood Floor And Rug Combinations.
If you prefer a more traditional wooden floor, then avoiding tropical hardwoods is probably the way to go. Repurposing old reclaimed wood is a good alternative. Many homes can, in fact, gain some character by using wood for the flooring that has had a previous life. Adding some warmth to the space, particularly in a living room, can be easily achieved by a well placed rug.
Rugs will also soften the sound of the floor when you are stepping about the room. For lighter wooden floors, traditional Turkish rug designs work well. Deep reds coordinate well with mid-toned wooden floors. And for darker veneers, use cream rugs to create the right visual impact.
Tiled floors are not just for bathrooms and kitchens. In a modern home, use ceramics in your receptions rooms to draw them together. Set your tiles out in a thought out way so you don’t just see a repeating series of squares. Off-set rectangular tiles and hexagonal patterns make for a more interesting look. And remember that floor tiles can be just as colorful as any rug or carpet that you could buy.
Carpet is still a much loved floor covering in many living rooms, because it adds comfort and warmth. Nevertheless, carpeting all your reception rooms in the same material is not suitable for every home. Avoid very busy patterns, particularly if you have large rooms to carpet. Instead go for a more plain design. For reception room carpets opt for a single color carpet, which has some textured patterns in it, to create a more subtle look. Herringbones and checks are good choices.
Easy To Maintain Vinyl.
Like ceramics, vinyl should not only be considered for room where you might expect spillages. Vinyl flooring can be cushioned underfoot and rival carpets for warmth. Vinyl is a very easy to maintain material. All you have to do is mop it over to keep it clean. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Tiled or roll-out systems are available in a huge variety of styles and colors. You can expect vinyl products that look like natural stone, carpet or wood, but don’t cost the earth. Vinyl flooring is an ideal material, no matter how unusual or traditional the rest of the reception room’s décor.
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