4 Tips for Implementing Decorative Floor Ideas for the Living Room

Your living room is arguably the central part of your home and must be given special attention in terms of interior design. This is because your living room is primarily intended for receiving guests. You would want to create a lasting positive impression whenever you entertain people, especially if they are your colleagues, important clients or business partners.

If you want to put your best foot forward, you can be creative with the interior design i this space, particularly with the floor. You can choose from a wide variety of options and floor design ideas. For instance, you can add decorative concrete flooring. This is one of the most cost-effective and customizable options that you can choose for your home.

To help you further, here are four valuable tips for incorporating appealing floor design into your living room.

1. Choose the type of flooring material

According to one survey with samples of more than 246,000 living room flooring design contracts, the overwhelming majority of homeowners (about 70% of those who were surveyed) prefer hardwood. Only a little over 3% of homeowners want decorative concrete, and about the same percentage of homeowners prefer porcelain or ceramic tile.

As long as you have the budget, you can choose whatever type of flooring you want. However, if you want better design customizability, choosing a concrete-resin finish is recommended. You can easily implement color combinations, patterns and textures. Unlike tile finish, a concrete-resin finish would be seamless.

You can compare the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. For instance, a carpet finish is very easy to implement on virtually all types of floor. However, it requires daily vacuuming.

Here are other common types of floor finishes preferred by homeowners:

  • Marble
  • Vinyl (PVC)
  • Limestone
  • Painted wood
  • Bamboo
  • Terra-cotta tile
  • Brick
  • Linoleum
  • Plywood

2. Decide on the design motif

Once you have chosen which type of floor finish you want, you must also decide on the design motif. Do you want geometrical patterns? Do you prefer picture designs or repeating mosaic/tile designs? What type of surface texture you want? Is it okay with you to simply use the natural patterns on the materials, such as with wood grain or marble texture?

Natural patterns can also be imitated using more cost-effective decorative finishes. Wood grain patterns, for instance, can be implemented on concrete using layers of paint and protective coatings. You may also choose a minimalist design with just one color.

3. Measure, calculate and set your budget

Before you upgrade your floor finish, you must first know if it suits your budget for the project. If you are familiar with material costs and labor costs, you can do some rough estimates. Follow these steps for the various types of materials that you want to consider.

  1. Measure the floor area of your living room
  2. Multiply the cost per unit area (square meter or square foot) with the total floor area
  3. Determine the conservative completion time
  4. Multiply the labor cost per hour with the total hours for the completion time
  5. Add the cost of material and the cost of labor

If you have a reasonable rough estimate, you can easily determine whether you can afford it or not. You may also compare price quotations from various suppliers and contractors.

4. Hire a contractor

Getting a contractor to work on your flooring is always the wiser decision compared to going the DIY route because you will be benefiting from a trusted company’s industry knowledge, experience and expertise. Here are helpful tips for finding the best contractor:

  • Ask around for recommendations – You may ask your relatives, friends and colleagues for recommendations. You may also search online, join social media groups and visit websites to read customer reviews.
  • Compare price quotations – Some contractors have websites that include price quote calculators. However, if you want an accurate estimate, you should ask for an ocular onsite evaluation for proper measurements. Have at least three price quotations to choose from.
  • Draft a clear contract – You should specify all the pertinent details that you want to be implemented. Aim to negotiate for a better price and warranty terms.

Whatever design idea you have in mind, it will only be properly implemented if you have the budget, the right materials and competent labor. Plan carefully to avoid delays, which may result in additional costs. And of course, hire a contractor that has an excellent reputation and expertise built upon years of experience.

AUTHOR BIO

Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.

 

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