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12 Different Types of Living Room Flooring Ideas

A photo collage of different living room flooring ideas.

The sky is truly the limit when decorating your living room. With 18 popular design schematics to choose from, beautiful polished flooring options, and countless decorating accouterments, creating your dream living space is as easy as opening your web browser and letting your imagination and creative energy run free.

We show you how to create the living room you have always fantasized about. With an exhaustive library of colorfully inspiring pictures, charts, and graphs that chart the popularity of top design concepts, and countless tips and tricks, you have got everything you need to start taking the first steps to bring your design concept to life.

Read on below to see some of the top living room designs and flooring finishes available today. Featuring decors ranging from the warm and inviting rustic country aesthetic to sleekly sexy minimalist styling cues, inspiration awaits you! Check out the colorful pictures, informative graphs, and wealth of information to help you choose your living room floor finish and overall styling concept. It’s that easy!

Best Flooring for Living Rooms (by popularity)

We analyzed 246,930 living rooms and from that data set determined which are the most popular living room floor materials. Here they are from most popular to least popular.

  • Hardwood: 72.84%
  • Carpet: 10.19%
  • Ceramic Tile:  3.30%
  • Concrete: 3.29%
  • Porcelain Tile: 3.11%
  • Travertine: 1.27%
  • Marble: 1.42%
  • Vinyl: .76%
  • Limestone: .68%
  • Laminate: .65%
  • Painted Wood: .67%
  • Slate: .41%
  • Bamboo: .55%
  • Terra-cotta Tile: .35%
  • Brick: .09%
  • Cork: .10%
  • Linoleum: .11%
  • Plywood: .13%
  • Tatami: .07%

The 12 Types of Floors for Living Rooms

Below we explain the 12 types of flooring options for living rooms. We include approximate cost, pros and cons. We also provide a link to a photo gallery showcasing examples of living rooms with that type of floor.

1. Hardwood floors in light, medium, and dark hues

hardwood flooring imageHardwood flooring is a classic and favorite choice amongst homeowners looking to upgrade their floors. Available in hues ranging from light, medium, to dark, hardwood flooring is a wonderful way to give your home a timeless elegance and luxurious feel.

Smooth, polished, and topped with an artisan rug or carpet, hardwood floors are aesthetically appropriate in a wide range of settings and decors, from traditional to modern, and even Asian and Mediterranean styles.

Hardwood flooring is typically available in three varieties (strip, plank, and parquet) and comes with a specific size bracket (1.25-2.25 inches wide). A variety of wood types are available, including but not limited to: walnut, cherry, oak, and unfinished varieties which can be stained to your specifications.

Price $3 per square foot for unfinished oak to over $12 per square foot for exotic wood types
Product availability Walnut, cherry, oak, and unfinished varieties in strip, plank, and parquet forms
Product sizing 1.25-2.25 inches wide


  • Easy maintenance
  • Adds significantly to the resale value of homes
  • Vast array of styles available


  • Costly materials and installation
  • Requires periodic refinishing

=> Click here for our massive living rooms with hardwood photo gallery

Related: Pine Flooring

2. Carpet

carpet flooring imageCarpeting, especially wall-to-wall carpeting, is the most popular choice amongst homeowners regarding floor coverings.

Available in a vast array of colors, patterns, and textures, carpeting can be effortlessly and perfectly matched to your individual tastes and unique décor.

Carpeting offers a cozy, warm, and inviting element to homes. Available in natural or synthetic forms, you can choose from wool, nylon, olefin, polyester, and acrylic.

Price $1400 – $4000 for an average sized living room
Product availability Natural and synthetic
Product sizing By the square yard


  • Easy maintenance (regular vacuuming)
  • Energy saving (provides insulation in winter and summer)
  • Sound minimizing


  • Can aggravate allergies
  • Water contact can create mildew and mold
  • Stains can be hard to remove and clean

=> Click here to see living rooms with carpet flooring

Also check out our gallery of living rooms with area rugs.

3. Ceramic Tile

ceramic tile floors imageCeramic tile floors are a fantastic option for those looking for water and stain resistant flooring. Highly durable, ceramic tile is constructed of a hardy material that can withstand years of use.

Ceramic tile comes in either glazed or unglazed options. When topped with protective glaze, ceramic tile becomes extremely resistant to stains or damage from water, and can stand high-humidity environments.

Easy to clean, ceramic tile flooring is perfect for those prone to allergies. Unlike carpet fibers which can harbor allergens, tile flooring is smooth and requires just a wipe to remove dust and dirt.

Price $5 – $10 per square foot
Product availability Triangle, rectangle, and plank cuts available in a variety of motifs, patterns, and simulated materials (ex. Hardwood)
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Durable and can last for decades when properly maintained
  • Cracked tiles are easy to replace
  • Easy to clean and maintain


  • Moderately high price
  • Tiles can crack when exposed to abuse

=> See photo gallery of living rooms with tile floor

4. Concrete

concrete floor imageConcrete flooring offers unparalleled durability and functionality in comparison to other flooring options. Requiring only a minimal amount of maintenance, concrete flooring only needs to be sealed once per year.

Available in an array of colors and textures, concrete offers a smooth surface that can be topped with your favorite rugs and cozy carpets for unrivaled versatility and limitless design options.

Price $2-$6 per square foot for polished gray slab concrete to $5-$8 per square foot for elaborate options
Product availability Array of colors and textures can be achieved by dye, tint, latex paint coverings, and etching or scoring
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Highly versatile
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anti-allergen
  • Long-lasting durability


  • Hard surface can prove to be hazardous for children and the elderly
  • Requires periodic resealing to keep moisture out
  • Cold surface necessitates the use of rugs and carpets for comfort

5. Porcelain Tile

porcelain tile floor imagePorcelain tile offers a gleaming opulence and certain regality to living room floors.

Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic tile but differs in that it is constructed from denser clays and fired at much higher temperatures.

The end result is a tile that is resistant to scratches and stains, supremely durable, and strong enough to withstand commercial applications.

Easy to clean and just requiring a simple wipe to remove dust and dirt, porcelain tile is perfect for those with allergies, or those who are just looking for a beautiful and low maintenance flooring option.

Installing porcelain tiles yourself is a particularly cumbersome task. Due to the thick, heavy, and dense material, it is difficult to cut in a precise manner. Hiring a contractor for the installation of porcelain tile flooring will be your best bet to ensure professional results.

Price $2-$25 per square foot
Product availability Unglazed, matte, or polished
Product sizing 12 x 12, 16 x 16, 6×6 sizing. Also available in rectangle, triangle, and hexagon shapes.


  • Tough and long-lasting
  • Stain and liquid resistant
  • Fireproof
  • Low maintenance
  • Can withstand frost and freezing conditions


  • Cumbersome installation due to required special setting compound
  • Pricey materials and installation

=> See photo gallery of living rooms with tile floor

6. Travertine

travertine floor imageTravertine flooring is unique in its composition, natural coloring, and stylishly organic presence.

A type of limestone, Travertine comes in an earthy palette featuring softly muted colors like golds, creams, browns, tans, beiges, and rusts.

Travertine is an excellent way to add a dash of patina to your home décor; its fabulous natural coloring offers an old-world flavor and elegant opulence at the same time.

Price $3-$30 per square foot
Product availability Polished, matte, brushed, and tumbled with natural color variations
Product sizing 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×4 and 4×4 with custom sizes available


  • Easy to replace
  • Water and moisture resistant
  • Environmentally friendly “green” option
  • Uniquely beautiful


  • Cumbersome maintenance requires regular use of sealants and polishes
  • Extreme porosity requires holes be regularly filed
  • Difficult to self-install; professional installation recommended

7. Marble

marble floor imageMarble flooring exemplifies one-of-a-kind luxury and elegance. With its inherently broad presentation of natural whorls, hues, and tonality, marble is a distinctly unique and upscale flooring option that offers gorgeous visual appeal, timeless looks, and long-lasting durability.

Price $5-$15 per square foot
Product availability Multiple colors and multicolor mixes; available in tile. Rectangle, triangle, and mosaic cuts
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Unparalleled natural beauty and luxury
  • Boosts resale value of homes


  • High maintenance; requires regular sealing and cleanings
  • High porosity surface is prone to stains
  • Impractical surface for children
  • Prone to cracks
  • Hard to match tile to tile

8. Vinyl

vinyl floor imageVinyl has been touted for decades as the low-cost flooring material of choice for homeowners; vinyl has withstood the test of time regarding popularity and ubiquity of use.

A litany of benefits comes with vinyl flooring. Minimal maintenance, water-resistant, and scratch-resistant, it is kid-friendly and easy on the feet of older adults. Durable enough to hold up to busy foot traffic, vinyl flooring is also extremely easy to care for and clean. Dirt and dust only require a damp mop or cloth, and an entire floor can be cleaned in mere minutes.

Properly installed, a vinyl floor will last for decades. Replacing a vinyl floor is also very affordable as pricing can be as little as $.50 per square foot. Installing a vinyl floor is a DIY-friendly endeavor that homeowners can take on themselves without having to hire a contractor or professional.

With modern day advances, vinyl flooring is now available in simulated finishes that offer luxury looks at affordable prices. Wood plank-style flooring and simulated ceramic tile flooring are readily available vinyl options that won’t break the bank and can serve to transform the overall look and feel of your entire living room.

Price $.50 to $10 per square foot
Product availability Sheet vinyl and “tile” vinyl
Product sizing Sheets available in  6 or 12 feet wide, vinyl  tile flooring available in  9″x9″ or 12″x12″ sizes


  • Easy maintenance
  • Very affordable to install and replace
  • Easy installation doesn’t require hiring a professional
  • Stain, water, and scratch resistant
  • Comfortable on the feet


  • Elevated levels of chemicals that can be released during installation process
  • Not environmentally friendly. Vinyl is not biodegradable.
  • Surface can rip and tear over time
  • Difficult to repair
  • Yellows with age and time
  • Not fireproof, and releases toxins when burned

9. Slate

slate floor imageSlate flooring is at the intersection of functionality, durability, and affordability. With the ability to last for 50 years or more, slate floors are dependable and reliable options for homeowners looking for flooring materials they can count on.

Slate’s natural durability renders it resistant to scratches, breaks, chips, stains, and cracks.

Price $4-$10 per square foot
Product availability Gauged or ungauged slate
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Adds significant resale value to homes
  • Naturally slip resistant and stain resistant
  • Unique, natural earthy aesthetic and appeal


  • Costly materials and installation
  • Cold surface temperature
  • Heavy and dense material makes self-installation difficult; professional installation is recommended

10. Bamboo

bamboo floor imageBamboo flooring is an eco-friendly choice due to bamboo’s sustainability, widespread availability, and its status as a rapidly renewable resource.

Top-quality bamboo is touted for its durability and is comparable to hardwood flooring. Bamboo is a perfect addition to modern or contemporary living spaces and adds instant elegance to your décor.

Different forms of bamboo are readily available for flooring purposes. Vertical bamboo is used when uniformity and straight even lines are desired, while horizontal bamboo has a natural pattern with slight variations. Strand woven bamboo mixes the grass fibers together in an interlocking mechanism for long-lasting durability and hardness.

Bamboo flooring is typically available in its natural light color profile; however carbonized bamboo that has a darker hue is also readily available.

Price $5-$8 per square foot
Product availability Vertical, horizontal, and strand woven bamboo in natural coloring and carbonized darker colors
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Eco-friendly
  • Adds significantly to the resale value of homes
  • Vast array of styles available


  • Bamboo sourced from overseas may contain toxic chemicals
  • Susceptible to water damage
  • Does not fare well in excessively humid climates
  • Inferior quality bamboo does not offer the durability of top quality bamboo and will show scratches

11. Painted wood

painted wood floor imagePainted wood floors are an ingenious and creative way to freshen up dull or drab floors and add lively appeal and bold colors. Often, refinishing a hardwood floor is cost-prohibitive for homeowners. A painted wood floor provides an instant facelift to any floor and livens up the overall vibe of the entire home.

A crisp white can add an upscale and elegant look, while a boldly audacious color can add punch to an eclectic living room scheme. Stencils and contrasting paint colors, and geometric design elements can truly transform a floor from drab to fab with little monetary investment and a lot of creative energy.

Price $152.30 for an average sized floor
Product availability Paint in assorted colors, stencils
Product sizing N/A


  • Low maintenance
  • Provides endless creative options
  • Vast array of styles available


  • Tedious and lengthy job
  • Requires retouching

12. Linoleum

linoleum floor imageValued for its long-lasting reliability, linoleum flooring can last upwards of 40 years. Available in an abundant number of colors, patterns, and simulated textures, linoleum has a versatility that will lend itself excellently to your home’s décor as well as your budgetary needs.

Linoleum comes in two basic forms; linoleum tile flooring and floating linoleum flooring. Linoleum tile flooring is water resistant, eco-friendly, and comfortable on the feet.

Similarly, floating linoleum flooring shares the same attributes as linoleum tile flooring but differs in that it is typically the go-to choice for DIY’ers due to its ease of installation and click and lock design mechanism. Simply snap the linoleum pieces into place, and apply with no adhesive, hired professionals, or mess required.

Price $2-$5 per square foot
Product availability Solid colors, flecked, marbled, and patterned
Product sizing By the square foot


  • Easy maintenance
  • Water resistant
  • Vast array of styles available


  • Excessive humidity can cause edges and corners to curl up
  • Requires periodic sealing
  • Linoleum yellows with age and time.

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