While not common in bedrooms on a top floor due to load, noise and instability of subfloor, natural stone tile is a popular choice for ranch-style homes in the hot Southwest since it has a cooler feel under foot. And in climates that experience some seasonal chill, stone works great with radiant heating because it maintains and distributes the heat better than wood. Photo courtesy of Inalco
A two-story travertine fireplace draws you into this yellow living room. Adorned with a geometric screen and a large painting, the fireplace is flanked by glass shelves, accent lighting and glass-blown sculptures.
Contemporary Living Room With Travertine Accent Wall
Travertine continues from the fireplace onto the wall in this serene, contemporary living room. A quirky play on a traditional painting hangs above the mantel as a focal point, and a pair of nubby ottomans add texture and soften the stone's hard edges.
In this open living space with bamboo floors and soft, gray walls, a seating area flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Tucked in between, a neat workspace features a set of black cubby-style shelves to keep office supplies close at hand.
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
This 6,000-square-foot home was designed with the finest finishes, including beautiful white marble flooring. In the living room, these floors pair with a white-painted fireplace, built-ins, velvet chairs and a tufted sofa to achieve a monochromatic color scheme.
Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines added new wood flooring to replace the blue, outdated wall-to-wall carpeting in this renovated living room. The brick fireplace was painted bright white, a new mantel was installed and the fireplace doors were removed for a more modern look.
Yellow Transitional Living Room With Brown Vinyl Flooring
Brown vinyl floors create lovely contrast against the pale yellow walls and light-colored furniture in this living room. A contemporary coffee table and matching end table add an unexpected, streamlined touch to the space.
Open Plan Living Room with Hardwood Brown Flooring
The open floor plan incorporates distinct functional spaces — dining, main living room and informal sitting area — defined by arched openings, area rugs, and groupings of furniture. Amanda's new home studio is in a space adjacent to the main living room.
Metropolitan Living Laundry Room With Dark Hardwood Flooring
This laundry room's trim got a fresh coat of white paint. The cabinets were designed to not only maximize storage and create a functional room, but create a layer of interest with the finishes, hardware and complimentary backsplash and countertops.
White Modern Living Room With Clear Glass Flooring
A modern white sofa and chairs surround a coffee table that sit atop clear glass floors offering a psychedelic view of the LED-lit wine cellar. White paneled walls and spare furnishings let the art and more unique aspects of the space take center stage.