How to co-ordinate your living room with flooring
In an open-plan living room layout, flooring plays a key role in either blurring or creating the boundaries between different zones.
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Pared-back, neutral designs will tie areas together, whereas patterns can help to zone sections off . Also consider colour: warm or dark tones, such as wenge, walnut or oak, soften large rooms, making them seem cosier. To increase a feeling of space, use lighter, natural hues – try beige, cedar or maple.
Rugs are most commonly used in the living room as they help defi ne the seating area, add warmth and texture, plus they’re a great way to bring in colour and pattern without having to commit to a whole new scheme.
To judge a fl ooring sample to best effect, look at it during the day in sunshine and at night by artificial light
If you have patio or bi-fold doors that open out to the garden, create fl ow between interior and exterior with similar fl ooring in both. Try decking outside and wooden boards inside, ensuring they point in the same direction.
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Originating in 17th-century France, traditional parquet fl ooring has enjoyed a revival, thanks to the variety of looks – such as herringbone, basket-weave, brick-style and chevron – that it can achieve. Merging hardwood with chic design, it continues to be an elegant option, especially in living and dining rooms.
Plain grey shades are easy to match with furniture and fi ttings and will continue to look stylish as you change and update your furnishings over the years.
How to add style with tiles:
- Not just for kitchens and bathrooms, tiles work effectively in more social spaces around the house: try pairing graphic designs with a plain painted wall for a grown-up, modern and dramatic effect.
- More hard-wearing than carpets, tiles also come in a wide range of eye-catching patterns, allowing you to mix and match them to create a unique look that’s both beautiful and practical.
- Tiles also help keep homes cool in summer and, when topped with rugs, can be warm in winter, too – especially with the addition of underfloor heating.