After spending quite some time thinking about redecorating our whole house, we are now deciding whether to have wooden flooring or carpet in our living room. I have been weighing up the pros and cons of each type of flooring for our needs.
Our cream coloured carpet has taken a battering over the years and is in dire need of changing. When I moved the sofa to hoover underneath, I noticed that I could see the original colour of the carpet under the sofa (a part that has not been walked on). It was a beautiful creamy, white colour. To my horror, I then compared it to the rest of the carpet. It really made me realise how much dirt the carpet had kept, even though I hoover regularly.
My parents have recently been talking about covering their living room and hallway with some solid wooden flooring. This got me thinking about my own living room. I had always presumed that I would have carpet in there but now, after discussing my parents’ plans, I am considering changing to a more wooden flooring look. I think that it would be easier to clean, as I have two children that forget to take their dirty wellies/boots off when they come in from outside and a dog that doesn’t really care how dirty her feet are when she enters the living room.
However, I do like how a carpet feels on my feet when I walk into my living room, especially if it is a fluffy, deep pile carpet. In some homes I have visited, sometimes I think that a wooden floor can make a living room seem less inviting. Then again, I could cover wooden flooring with rugs that could give my living room a more cosy feel and be just as soft on my feet. Plus, I could change the rugs for a fresher look ever so often.
I am slightly concerned about the cost of solid wood flooring, as I have seen some that is very expensive and way out of my price range. I have also considered having laminate flooring, which would have a wooden flooring look but would cost less. Thinking about the future for my home though, I think that a solid wood floor would has more longevity. After having a browse through numerous websites, I looked at some cheap floors from poshflooring.co.uk and discovered Engineered Wood. This has a top layer of solid wood that withstands everyday wear and tear but does not warp like solid wood can do. It is also more within my price range so this is something I will definitely consider.
I still have more thinking to do. I need to do some finishing touches in the bathroom, as the suite has been installed and the tiles are on the wall. The next job is to complete painting in there whilst I continue to consider whether to choose carpet or wooden flooring for the living room.
What flooring do you have in your living room? What would you recommend?
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