It’s often said that the living room is the heartbeat of the home. As a gathering place, it’s an ideal room for relaxation, family time, and entertaining. Whether you’ve purchased a new home or you’re looking to modernize your existing space, flooring renovation projects bring warmth, comfort, and functionality to your living space.
The various living room flooring options available are designed to suit unique styles and also require different levels of maintenance. A well-chosen floor will enhance your space, add visual dimension, and create ambiance. At Panel Town & Floors, we understand the excitement and possibilities that come from renovating a major room in your home.
Here are our top picks for long-lasting and attractive living room flooring ideas.
There’s a reason why hardwood floors have been a classic flooring option for hundreds of years. Not only do they look beautiful and add warmth to any living room, they’re also durable and easy to maintain. The versatility of hardwood allows you to choose from a selection of woods, stains, and finishes. Premium hardwoods are available in engineered, prefinished, and unfinished varieties.
- Engineered hardwood flooring is a composite made from natural and manufactured woods. This popular flooring material is affordable, durable, sustainable, and available in various colors and coatings. With a veneer of real hardwood on top of each panel, engineered hardwood has the look and feel of beautiful natural hardwood. Since engineered hardwood isn’t water resistant, it’s best-suited for formal living rooms and low-traffic seating areas.
- Prefinished hardwood flooring is made from natural wood coated with a clear factory finish. Each plank is coated with polyurethane and oven-cured with aluminum oxide to create a strong a durable acrylic finish. Prefinished hardwood floors are a preferred material for living room renovations because they’re quick and easy to install and typically need less maintenance and repairs long-term. The range of colors, grains, and dimensions of prefinished hardwood is more limited than natural hardwood, and refinishing can be labor-intensive.
- Unfinished hardwood flooring are natural, untreated hardwood planks without beveled edges. This allows each plank to fit tightly beside each other—creating an even, flat, and stable surface. The wood planks are installed in their natural form and stained, sanded, and finished onsite. This is the preferred material for new builds and renovations because it can be custom-fit into any space and treated to match any architectural style or interior design you prefer.
Popular hardwoods for the living room include hickory, maple, oak, ash, pecan, walnut, and cherry.
Examples of Hardwood Flooring in the Living Room: