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Using Vinyl Flooring in Living Rooms

It may seem like an unlikely choice for a living room floor, but a vinyl sheet and tiles can provide you with durable, low maintenance, stylish surface for this social setting. With a variety of design and pattern options available to you, as well as numerous textural treatments, it can be used to reproduce the look of natural materials inexpensively or can help you to create a truly unique, personalized appearance.

Vinyl Living Room Floor Designs

Printed Vinyl: This type of vinyl flooring is comprised of backing material, a print layer, and a wear layer that rests over the top. The backing provides stability for the piece, while the print layer can be imbued with nearly any image, pattern, or color combination imaginable. This allows you to simulate the look of natural wood, and stone, use emblem pieces, get creative with designs or even turn your floor into a living mural beneath your feet.

Solid, and Composite Vinyl: Unlike printed vinyl which has separate and distinct layers, these surface coverings are manufactured in a process that produces a single, congruous material all the way through. Because they are not printed the design options in a living room are somewhat limited. However, the constituent consistency ensures that even as the material wears, the colors will not fade as they run true, all the way through.

Vinyl Flooring Color Considerations: Make sure that the color and pattern of the floor that you choose will match with the existing styles of design and architecture which are found inherently in the living room. On the one hand, this should be relatively easy, as there are hundreds of different colors and patterns to choose from. However, this can also overwhelm you, in which case the assistance of a design professional may be required.

Textural Enhancements: One of the classic drawbacks to vinyl is the fact that it feels flat, manufactured, and plastic. However, there are various textural treatments which can be applied to the material when it is produced, to give it a dimensional feel. This can include the slightly raised clefting of stone, or a more grained feel, simulating natural wood. You can also have random textural patterns that can add a depth of decorative beauty to the installation.

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