Your living room plays many different roles in your home: it's where you relax, entertain guests, watch films, and spend time with the family. As one of the most used areas in your home, whatever flooring you choose needs to be durable whilst also not forgetting you still want comfort. With both of these considerations in mind, here are some flooring options to consider:

Hardwood

An incredibly popular choice for many homeowners, hardwood not only looks beautiful in the living room it's also incredibly strong and durable. A timeless choice, hardwood has an incredibly long lifespan – especially if you regularly maintain it. There's also a nice variety of finishes available, with textured wood being a major player in recent trends. You may also opt for unfinished wood and stain them based on your own preference. If you love hardwood but want to protect it, look into getting area rugs. This will not only prevent damage, it adds a higher degree of comfort and can add to the overall aesthetic of the room. If you want your home to be eco-friendly, look into alternative, fast growing woods like bamboo and rubber.

Carpet

Carpet is another favorite for the living room, but it's important to ensure you opt for a type which will balance both comfort and strength. The living room is a popular place, so opt for materials which have the ability to cope with footfall – nylon is one the best choices due to its ability to bounce back. Wool is also advisable as it has a natural strength, however it is on the more expensive side. You may want to consider a blend, which brings down the cost without compromising too much on quality.

Vinyl

Homeowners adore vinyl flooring because it can imitate other materials at a fraction of the price. It comes in pretty much any design you can think of – the tiled variety is easy to install and can last for a few decades (especially if you opt for the higher tier, luxury). Finally, it's softer underfoot than hardwood and tile – you can even find types with extra cushioning to give even more comfort.

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