- №1. Wooden floors
- №2. Parquet board
- No. 3. Cork floor
- №4. Laminate
- №5. Ceramic tile
- №6. Linoleum
- №7. Marmoleum
- №8. Stone floor
- №9. Self-leveling floors
- №10. Carpet cover
- №11. Vinyl tiles
- In conclusion
For the living room you need to choose such a floor covering to have a nice appearance, but, at the same time, it waswear-resistant, easy-care and durable. When choosing the right material, you need to take into account the style of the interior, as well as the functions that are placed on the living room: gatherings with the family, guests or frequent dinners. If repairs are carried out with their own hands, then you need to take into account andinstallation featuresthis or that material. Based on all these factors andown preferencesand it is necessary to choose a certain type of flooring, but there is really something to choose from.
№1. Wooden floors
Under the wooden cover is meantsolid board and piece parquet. These are materials that are 100% made of natural solid wood, but differ in their parameters with similar basic properties. The massive board has much larger dimensions and can be up to 6 meters in length, piecewise parquet in length rarely exceeds 60 cm.
Natural wood as a living room floor hasa lot of advantages:
- durability. With proper care can last for several decades, and in which case a board and piece parquet can be looped, getting an updated ideal coating;
- beautifulappearance, which gives the interior luxury and true coziness. Depending on the wood, wood may have a different shade, and the texture will always remain unique;
- warm surface, on which it is pleasant to walk even barefoot;
- environmental friendliness;
- heat and sound insulation properties.
The disadvantages of the wooden cover are obvious:
- high price;
- treesensitive to excessive humidity, to changes in humidity and temperatures, to pests. If the living room includes also a dining area with a dining table, then the tree is better combined with other material;
- Careful and regular carewith the use of protective equipment, otherwise it can not go about any longevity of speech;
- treeDo not use together with a system of warm floors.
There is another rather original solution for finishing the floor - uselog house. In this case, all properties remain the same, but the appearance becomes original, but the editing process becomes more complicated, because you will have to work with different in size and shape elements.
№2. Parquet board
More budgetary analogue of wooden floors - floor usingparquet board. This is a three-layer material, only the upper part of which is the wood of valuable species, and the other two are made from coniferous wood. Thus, externally the material does not differ from the piece parquet, it has an attractive color and natural wood texture, but many times this cycle is impossible to cover, because the top layer is sufficient thin.
The main advantages of a parquet board are:
- a greatappearanceat a lower price than a massive board or piece parquet;
- the relativeeasy installation;
- environmental friendlinessand naturalness;
- variety of styling options, which will make the interior of the living room interesting and original;
- opportunityuse with a system of warm floors.
But, unfortunately, the parquet board alsoafraid of moisture, and in terms of durability, even with proper care, inferior to the whole tree.
No. 3. Cork floor
Cork cover - another option to equip the living room in the living room, but it will look more original, because this option is still used rarely. The cork flooring is completely natural, and in its basis - the bark of the cork tree. The color scheme of this floor is yellow and brown.
Advantages of cork coating:
- natural, ecological, absolutehealth security;
- warm surface, which when walking a little spring, and it will be very handy if the house has children;
- resistance to decay;
- excellent performanceheat and sound insulation, the ability to recover after small deformations;
- highwear resistance;
- inability to absorb odors, which will be very useful in the case if the living room and dining area are combined;
- cork floordoes not attract dust, which greatly facilitates the care of it;
- ease of care;
- fire safety.
But the cork floor can not be called an ideal coating, because it hassome shortcomings:
- installation is better to trust professionals, because the material is tender enough, and there is a big risk of not getting the best result in the end;
- When falling sharp objects on the surface of the cork floor can remain visible traces.
Laminate is a multi-layer coating that can very accurately simulate a natural tree or any other material, such as a stone or tile. There is a laminate from a fiberboard, which is covered from above with a protective film, a layer of decorative paper with a certain pattern and a layer of melamine resin. Paper can be applied to any drawing.
The main advantages of laminate:
- acceptable price;
- a variety of colors and imitations of various materials, so the laminate fits perfectly into the interior of any living room;
- simplicity of installation and maintenance;
- resistance to the effects of temperature changes.
Since the living room - this is a room where the floor is not affected by excessive load, you can choose a laminate with not the highest strength. Completely suitable materialclass 22, 23 or 31, 32.
Among the shortcomingsit can be noted not the highest durability of the coating, although with proper care in the living room the laminate can last from ten years. If the manufacturer has dishonestly treated the material, then there may be a problem with the locking joints, so it is better to give preference to the products of proven companies. When falling on a laminate objects sound will be loud and sonorous, and the surface can not be called warm, but this can be corrected by installing a system of warm floors. Of course, laminate can not be called a natural material, but for the living room it is still very suitable.
№5. Ceramic tile
Tile - an infrequent guest in the living rooms, but still its competent use can create an interesting interior, because this material is presented in a huge assortment, can be of different colors, sizes, textures, ornaments, imitate the surface of wood, stone, skin. Tiles can be used in combination with other finishing materials, which is particularly advantageous when you need to zoning the living room and highlight, for example, a zone with a dining table.
Advantages of ceramic tiles:
- durability and ease of maintenance, tiles do not change their appearance with the course of time;
- resistance to impacthigh temperatures, moisture, detergents;
- strength and abrasion resistance, which is important if there are always a lot of guests in your house, and they gather, mainly in the living room;
- the tile is non-toxic, does not emit any odors, so it can be used in the home of allergy sufferers and people suffering from asthma;
- a wide range ofand the ability to create absolutely any interior.
With so many advantages, all the same ceramic tilesHas not found a huge spread in the living rooms, mainly,for such reasons:
- a cold surface that does not give comfort to the room and leads to the need to use a system of warm floors. In the summer, the cold surface, by the way, gives a pleasant coolness;
- fragility. An unintentionally missed heavy object can disrupt the integrity of your floor covering;
- quite complicated installation.
When choosing ceramic tiles, it is important to consider not only how much it fits into the interior of the living room, but also the size of the room. For a small living room is not suitable for a very large tile, otherwise the room will be divided into several squares.
Linoleum today is considered one of the most popular floor coverings, and in the living room it is also used very often, and all because it has a significant advantage - a pleasantvalue for money. At a fairly low cost, you can getdurable, nice anddurablecover, which in this case will also beas simple as possible in laying. The assortment of colors, patterns and drawings of linoleum makes the eyes run out: on sale you can find.any shade, a decent imitation of parquet, tiles and a lot of other options. Linoleum is easy to clean, resistant to abrasion, withstands the effects of moisture and high temperatures, it is durable.
At the same time, linoleum hassome disadvantages, but they can not be called significant. So, this is a non-natural material, on which there may be dents from heavy furniture and black marks from shoes. In the rest it is an excellent budget way to create a pleasant interior in the living room.
Marmoleum is another suitable cover for the living room. The material has preserved many properties of its synthetic analogue - linoleum, but it has one weighty advantage before it - naturalness. Even before the appearance of PVC linoleum under the linoleum itself, the material was understood,made on the basis of jute or cork, resin, sawdust, oil, lime. As you can see, this is an environmentally friendly natural coating, which, in addition, can boast andother advantages:
- durability. The material can last 20-30 years and retain the original appearance;
- antibacterial properties, which will help create a healthy microclimate in the house;
- sound and heat insulation properties;
- fire safety, moisture resistance and anti-static, which explains the ease of maintenance and long service life of the coating;
- resistance to mechanical damageand exposure to sunlight.
Among the shortcomings - the price, since we are dealing with natural material, and in terms of installation, the marmoleum is inferior in convenience to linoleum. Marmoleum -very fragile, which must be taken into account during transportation and installation.
№8. Stone floor
The stone floor in the living room is quite a non-trivial solution that can create an exquisite interior. A natural stone for flooring is used extremely rarely due to its high cost, and its artificial counterpart has become more widespread. Popular as a decoration for the floor enjoysporcelain stoneware, which is obtained by using granite dust.
The stone floor hassome advantages:
- A beautiful appearance that emphasizes a certain character of the interior. In addition, an artificial stone can imitate any natural breed, have any color and shape, so there is really something to choose from;
- ease of maintenance.
But stone floors are not very often used in the living rooms in view ofa number of their shortcomings:
- Cold surface, which can be compensated by a system of warm floors or with several soft fluffy rugs;
- the surface of such a floor is noisy, and sharp sounds will be formed when almost any object touches it. Moreover, if a vase or a glass falls on the stone floor, it is unlikely that they will survive, although there could be no damage to the floor from linoleum or carpeting.
№9. Self-leveling floors
Self-leveling floors are still considered a novelty and a wonder in the market of floor coverings. Their properties allow the use of such floors in virtually any room, and the only drawback is the high cost. The floor can have any kind of design:any color, pattern, pattern, landscape, ornament, imitation of any other material. With such floors in the living room right under your feet you can create a sandy beach, a lake, outer space, use absolutely any image that will get the effect of three-dimensionality.
The floor can become the highlight of the living room. In addition, thisdurablea coating that is differenteasy to care for, resistant to moistureand detergents, mechanical influences. This coating without a single seam, which perfectly tolerates even temperature changes. As for the shortcomings, besides the price, it is also possible to highlight the difficulties in repair and dismantling, as well as the need to use the services of professionals during installation.
№10. Carpet cover
Carpet is a soft and cozy material for finishing the living room floor.Its pluses are:
- pleasant to touch pile soft surface, and this not only brings comfort to the living room, but it will also be an excellent option if children play here often;
- sound and heat insulation properties;
- simplicity of installation;
- variety: you can choose a coating of any color, with or without a pattern, with the required length of pile.
Carpet can not cover the entire area of the living room, but only a part of the sofa, for example. In this case, the main floor covering can be laminate, parquet, tile, stone, etc.
Among the shortcomings of this solution are:
- the need for careful regular care, because the carpet will accumulate a lot of dust;
- if the house has people with allergies or asthma, then this is not the best option.
Today on sale also can be foundmodular carpet tile- the same carpet, but cut into square fragments with a slightly more reinforced base. Such material is virtually identical in properties with carpet, but its transportation and installation can be it is much easier to carry out, and the waste is eventually formed less, and from the tiles of different colors can be made ornaments.
№11. Vinyl tiles
Vinyl tile is a PVC-linoleum cut into individual pieces. Many properties of the material inherited from ordinary linoleum:cost, durability, ease of maintenance, soundproofing. The surface of such a coating is non-slip, can withstand the non-prolonged exposure to moisture, and possible options for color and texture - a huge amount, so the living room can be performed in any style.
Due to the fact that the vinyl tile is divided into fragments, it is moreeasy to install, and can handle almost anyone. The disadvantages are the same as that of linoleum: it is a synthetic material that can be forced through heavy furniture. If the budget is limited, the vinyl tile along with linoleum is an excellent solution for decorating the living room.
For the arrangement of floors in the living room there are a lot of different materials, but before choosing one should well imagine the scenarios of using this room. It may be necessary to combine a pair of materials to separate the dining or working area. You need to take into account not only the chosen interior style, color scheme and your own preferences, but also the operational qualities of the material, as well as its cost and the cost of carrying out works for its laying, if any will be needed.