We've put together our four top tips on getting the best out of your living room space and the main pitfalls to avoid.

Creating a functional and comfortable place to relax, entertain and cope with family life may seem like a tall order. But focusing on some fundamental elements before you undertake an update to your living room may be the difference between achieving a magazine-worthy finish or lacklustre space.

We've put together our four top tips on getting the best out of your living room space and the main pitfalls to avoid.

Multi-use space

Living rooms have become more than just a place to watch TV. They've evolved to become a spot to entertain, study, and more recently, to work from home. If you are likely to be using your room as a multi-use space, then do consider zoning. Zoning works by sectioning an area of the room for a particular activity, so study and office spaces can be comfortably used during the day, but do not start taking over spaces where you plan to relax and escape while watching the TV or catching up with family.

Mood board your look

Some of the best living rooms start with a bit of creative planning using mood boards. With many online shops offering samples, it's a great way of defining your look BEFORE you begin investing budgets on materials and products. Our sample service allows homeowners to choose up to three free samples so that they can compare these in their home before purchasing their floor.

Work out your budget

Setting out your budget at the start means you are less likely to let costs spiral. Flooring, furniture, lighting and wall coverings tend to be the key room elements, so make sure you proportion the majority of your budget for these areas. Cushion vinyl is an excellent choice if you're on a budget or want to splash out more on accessories. It's a cost-effective alternative to traditional wood, stone and tile floors and is easy to install and maintain.

Add colour with accessories

If you are a bit apprehensive about splashing out on colours for walls and surfaces, then consider investing in art and soft furnishings that introduce bold or bright palettes. This is also a great option if you love seasonal makeovers or want to test out a colour before taking the plunge.

Whatever your plans for your living room, make sure you take advantage of our free sample service or follow us over on our social platforms for regular room inspiration.