What is the best carpet for living rooms? How to choose the right material

neutral living room carpet in room with open fire
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The best carpet for living rooms needs to be soft underfoot, stylish to look at and durable — so which types of carpet should you be looking at to get all of the above?

Unlike when it comes to choosing carpets for high traffic areas, such as hallways or stairs, the living room is somewhere that you want to prioritise comfort, which means that choosing a floor covering that feels luxurious is key to both the way the room feels and looks. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.