There are few things that are more exciting than planning the décor for a redesigned living room. But the truth is that before you dive in with the furnishing and the accessories, you need to get the right base. And that means the floor beneath your feet.

There are more choices than ever before, so let’s have a look at some of the most popular, along with the pros and cons of each.

Wood

For many, a wood floor brings the best of all worlds. It looks stylish, it is hard wearing and with modern laminates, it does not have to cost the earth. In fact, if you look at what is available from a supplier like Discount Flooring Depot, you will see some options that are even cheaper than carpets.

From solid wood floors through traditional parquet to the latest laminate options, there is a style, colour, pattern and, most important, price that will be suitable for any and every occasion.

So much for the pros, but what about the cons? It is hard to come up with many. If you opt for a hardwood floor, it will be more expensive, needs to be professionally installed and requires a degree of care and maintenance – but given that this provides an elegant surface that can last a lifetime, it seems like a small price to pay.

Carpets

Traditionally the staple of every living room, carpets are seen as a somewhat old hat these days. But they still have plenty going for them. Nothing feels so warm and cosy underfoot, and the sky is the limit when it comes to designs and colours.

On the other hand, though, a carpet can be harder to keep clean. Vacuuming only does so much, and to remove the stains and odours that build up over time, you really need to invest in a carpet shampooer.

It is definitely more labour intensive than simply mopping a laminate wood floor!

A stone floor

It might sound a little bizarre, but a stone floor can add some real ambience and sophistication to your living room. The beauty of it is that there are so many choices, such as marble, slate or limestone, that you are certain to find something to create the right feel. As a natural substance, there is also an infinite variety of colours and textures.

The downside is that it is expensive, both to purchase and install, but as is the case with wood, you are investing in a floor that will last indefinitely.

Which is for you? 

There are pros and cons to every option, and it really depends on what suits your target décor the best. Some people opt for carpet because they think it will be warmer and easier to fit. However, it is worth bearing in mind that laminate is possibly even easier from a DIY perspective.

Also, if you love something warm beneath your feet, do not rule out the option of going for a hard surface with some plush rugs, that can be easily taken up and cleaned.