Pinterest boards overflowing with ideas for your living spaces? Can’t decide how to envisage your ideas? Trying to create a sanctuary in your home but don’t know where to start? Here we round up some of our favourite living room spaces where the flooring is the star, the grounding design element and the basis of a beautiful room to hopefully help spark inspiration for your home.

Bring the Outdoors In

Consider a practical outdoor rug for the indoors. Very resilient in well-used living spaces, under meals areas and where things get messy (read: kids).

Terrace Rug colour black with rattan furniture and indoor plants

Terrace Rug 5503 ‘Black’

Contrast Timbers

Don’t be too concerned about furniture and the floors matching perfectly. In fact, contrast is an excellent way to create an eclectic and layered interior.

Integral Laminate colour Flint in living room with tan leather sofa

Integral ‘Flint’

Wool Carpet in Living Spaces

Having the luxury of wool carpet in living spaces needn’t be as scary as it sounds. The benefits of wool carpet are many! Being a natural product, wool just feels better. It provides warmth during those cold winter months and has natural insulating properties. It is also naturally fire resistant. Wool is kind to the environment as it is sustainably sourced, is a renewable resource and is also biodegradable.

Tromso, colour Hennes living room light grey sofa

Tromso ‘Hennes’

Embrace Colour

Perhaps not for everyone, but for those willing to take a chance, use the carpet to set the tone, make a statement and be completely different to anyone else.

Eco+ Aegean Isle colour Keros living room with fireplace

Eco+ Aegean Isle ‘Keros’

Create a Moodboard

Think like a designer and create a digital or physical moodboard. Flooring is one of the main features of any room, start with the largest materials and work outwards to include the smaller, more decorative items and fabrics too. It’s a fun way to envisage your dream room or home.

Think Beyond the Living Room

Living room flooring can flow directly into other spaces too, so it needs to be a ‘bigger picture’ consideration. New technology allows for some hard flooring, such as hybrid, to flow from living areas to wet areas too, increasing your opportunity to create a seamless look through the whole home. This gorgeous home sees the hybrid flooring move from bedroom to a living area, broken up with a soft rug under the bed.

Coastal Haven Point Leo Charcoal

Coastal Haven ‘Point Leo Charcoal’

Go Dark

The drama a darker palette can create can be both warm and sophistication. In a world obsessed with white and neutral colours, why not be brave with the paintbrush and floors? This space plays on the natural light, bringing a large scale plant, abstract art and rich-coloured furniture to lift and create balance.

Oxford Park colour Dusk Landscape in living space with dark walls and abstract art

Oxford Park ‘Dusk’

Rugs on Carpet

Fashion faux pas? Nope. Why not inject colour, pattern and interest by layering a rug over your carpet? It also can protect high-traffic areas of the home in a stylish way. Try to contrast the colours and style of carpets when layering and be mindful of trip hazards.  Sometimes a flatware construction rug works best here if the corners cannot be anchored down by furniture.

Winter Solstice Tribe layered with rug in living space

Winter Solstice ‘Tribe

Everest Rug ‘Ivory Texture 1630’

Make the Rug the Hero

A rug can be the real hero in a room. This lovely space does this well. While the flooring and furniture are all sophisticated and tasteful, the rug steals the show with it’s eye-catching colours and pattern play.

Zanzibar rug in living room

Zanzibar 761 ‘Navy’

Consider Vinyl

This cost-effective option is easy to maintain and is hard-wearing, even in high traffic areas. Vinyl planks come in individual pieces which look very much like timber boards. Perhaps the stand-out feature of the vinyl system is the ability to easily replace vinyl planks in the event of damage. Unlike click-together boards, vinyl planks easily pop out individually to be replaced, as opposed to replacing the entire area of flooring.

shop hard flooring in flooring xtra arnhem land in mountain ash spotted gum

Arnhem Land ‘Mountain Gun Spotted Ash’

Earthy Palette

Think outside the square with your colour palette and be brave! Draw inspiration from the dreamy caramels and earthy tans and browns of this space. The flooring is only one part of the bigger picture. Pull together swatches of your intended furniture materials, paints and window treatments to ensure it all feels harmonious together.

Canterbury Fields Carpet - loungeroom with couch in colour Ash

Canterbury Fields- ‘Ash’

Look Close to Home for Inspiration

The true beauty of an Australian timber hardwood floor is what Silva Ridge delivers. Warmth and natural beauty, complete with a superior protective coating for added durability.

Silva Ridge Byron Bay Spotted Gum dining room with grey wall panel

Silva Ridge Australian Species ‘Byron Bay Spotted Gum’


The New Laminate

Furnish your space with the look of real hardwood without stretching the budget. Laminate floors utilise cutting edge photographic technology to simulate the stain, graining, and texture of wood for a fraction of the price while being very durable.

Bushland Mountain Gum Laminate Flooring Living Room with ottoman

Bushlane ‘Mountain Gum’

Take Inspiration From of our Favourite Feature Projects

This gorgeous home in Bayside Melbourne underwent the most spectacular transformation. Think: pared-back palette, low-maintenance materials and dappled light….. You can read and see more here.

Hinterland Natural Rustic Oak with plants

Hinterland ‘Rustic Oak Natural’

Use a Round Rug to Create a Dynamic Space

Round rugs are the unlikely answer to many interior design problems. Usual shaped rooms, entry ways, transitional spaces, children areas and under a round dining table are just a few places this rug will be welcome.

Atrium - Blue Jute Polo

Atrium Round ‘Blue Jute Polo’


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