Living Room Flooring Ideas (our top picks)

Updated: Jan 28


If you're tired of looking at that ugly living room floor, and you desperately need to upgrade the flooring in your home, you have come to the right place. This article is all about giving you some great ideas on picking out that perfect floor for your living room space.


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Some people call it a "living room," while others call it a "family room." Either way, we are talking about that room in your house where everyone gathers. That comfortable space that everyone kicks up their feet to watch television or to sit around the fire place.

This room needs to fit your style. You want this room to be warm, cozy and comfortable for your family. What kind of household do you have? Do you have little kids running around that will need floor space to play? What about pets? You might need to find that perfect floor to handle the occasional ball toss game or tug-of-war. It could be the kids are out of the house, and you just need a comfortable space that is both relaxing and easy to clean. No matter what sort of lifestyle you have going on in your home, we have some great living room flooring ideas.


Living Room Flooring Ideas - With Little Kids In The Home

Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

If you have little kids running around the house, and are looking for a durable carpet that will hold up to spills, dirty shoes and playtime messes, Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet might be your perfect option.

When it comes to finding a carpet that can handle that occasional drink or food spill, it's hard to find a better suited carpet than Mohawk SmartStrand. We have a great article, "Reviews of SmartStrand Carpet," that dives in to what SmartStrand Carpet is all about.

Mohawk SmartStrand comes in a variety of different styles, colors and price points. If you're looking for new living room carpet, you will be able to find any style and color you want within the SmartStrand product line.

Credit: SmartStrand Carpet Forever Clean

Karndean Flooring Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank

If carpet is not your desire, and you're looking for a durable hard surface floor, you might consider looking at Karndean Design Flooring. Karndean has a wonderful line of both luxury vinyl tile (LVT), and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

Unlike some of the other LVT/LVP floors, you get what you pay for with Karndean. Their product line is absolutely stunning. Wide and long boards that give your room a fabulous look, wonderful styles that are crisp and clear, as well as offering a large product line that is very easy to maintain.

Karndean Flooring has a lifetime warranty, their products are scratch resistant, waterproof, easy to clean, and stain resistant. For more information on their family friendly warranty, you can visit their website at: Karndean Flooring

Credit: Maya's Story: Karndean, the perfect fit for family life

Lauzon Hardwood - Pure Genius Smart Floor

If you're a hardwood floor person, Lauzon Flooring has a very nice line of products. Their Pure Genius Smart Floor would be a great product for a busy living room floor.

What is Pure Genius Smart Floor? In simple terms, the system works as an air-purifier floor. Lauzon has a system built-in the product finish, that is light activated. Once activated, your hardwood floor will help purify the air in your home.

According to the Lauzon Flooring Website, "Pure Genius works constantly, without any loss of performance over time for as long as the finish lasts. Pure Genius improves the indoor air quality of your home without compromising the quality and appearance of your hardwood flooring. It makes the air in your home up to 85% purer. It’s pure genius!"

Credit: Pure Genius EXPLAINED on The Weather Channel - Lauzon Flooring

Living Room Flooring Ideas - With A Household Of Pets

Shaw Carpet - R2X Stain & Soil Resistance System

When you have that occasional pet "accident," you need to have a carpet that will perform. The patented Shaw R2X system is one of the best carpet fiber protection systems in the market place.

Shaw Flooring offers this protection system on a variety of products. You won't have any problem finding the right style, color or price point when it comes to shopping for your perfect R2X carpet.

According to Shaw Floors:

"Pick a carpet offering R2X Stain and Soil Resistance treatment. It’s Shaw’s patented and proven system that shields your carpet well below the surface—because the entire fiber is protected, from base to tip, against stains.  There is simply no better stain and soil protection in the flooring industry."

You can learn more about this wonderful carpet protection system here: The Shaw R2X Stain & Soil Resistance System.

Credit: Easy Cleanup – R2X Demo

Armstrong Empower Rigid Core Flooring with Diamond 10 Technology

We love the designs and colors of the Armstrong Empower Rigid Core Flooring Product Line. The products come with extra long length boards, they have both wide and mixed width planks, and they have several unique planks per box, which takes away from board repeats during the installation process.

The product line is scratch resistant and waterproof. A perfect floor to handle pet spills and the occasional horse-play behavior that always seems to happen when a home has a young pup around the house.

Credit: Armstrong Flooring

Armstrong has 12 Empower Products that will give you a huge selection to chose from when picking out your living room flooring. Each product is waterproof, stain proof and very easy to clean.