It’s no secret that changing just one thing can alter the feel of a room. A fresh lick of paint or a few new accessories can help bring your decor up to date. However, nothing quite lifts a space like replacing a tired carpet with some sleek new wood flooring. This one simple change gives a completely different canvas for you to build on. Just add a few new bits and bobs, cushions, throws or a piece of furniture with the wow factor, to completely transform your living space.
Cool and contemporary
The simplest way to achieve a modern, minimalist look is to invest in some classic wooden flooring. You can either tone neutral shades with light coloured timber, like beech, or go for contrast with darker shades such as stained walnut. If you’re not ready for a total overhaul, the only other thing you’ll have to do to achieve this look is have a good clear out. Alternatively, to fully embrace minimalism in your living room, add built-in storage and futuristic furniture in materials such as glass and Perspex.
Nothing says ‘rustic’ quite like wood flooring. Choose natural-looking boards to give your space that homely feel. Natural imperfections, like knots and cracks, only add to this look. A wood-burning stove or roaring open fireplace will add buckets of character; however, if you don’t actually live in an 18th-century barn conversion, throws and cushions in traditional fabrics will do the trick.
Light and airy
This look gives the effect of a fresh breeze constantly flowing through your living space. The secret is not to make your room feel cold; instead, think of the seaside on a summer’s day. To achieve this choose a wood floor in a light but warm shade such as natural oak. Team with furniture in complementary tones to carry the theme through your room. Add some extra soft white throws and blankets to make the space feel light but cosy.
For homes where the living room doubles up as a playroom, design can often go out of the window. Carpets are a definite no-no, but hardwood floors can prove painful for little ones learning to walk. A solid floor is great for spills and a warm shade will help your space feel homely. A fluffy rug can be a real saviour for a family living room; not only is it super stylish, but it will protect little knees from bruises and can be washed in a washing machine!