The good news is—even for the messiest, pet-filled households—there are flooring options that will stay beautiful for years to come. Many shades of hardwood will bring warmth to the room, and when combined with area rugs, they create an even cozier space.
A more traditional option, blonde-colored wood can be installed in styles varying from distressed to glossy, depending on the look you’re going for.
Honey and copper-toned wood are other warm-toned options to make your living room feel like home. With its endless design options, durability, and waterproof quality, vinyl is perfect for any room that gets a lot of use. If your dream living room consists of hardwood floors, but you’re worried about your kids spilling or your cat scratching, vinyl is your best friend.
But if you use your living room for entertaining and not much else, choose a carpet with a lower pile so you can more easily clean up those inevitable crumbs from your next charcuterie board. If your kids tend to track in dirt after their soccer games, do yourself a favor and opt for a darker-colored floor.