5 Best Living Room Tile Ideas & Designs

5 Best Living Room Tile Ideas & Designs

When it comes to selecting a durable, stylish flooring option for your living room, tiles are a great choice. Thanks to their excellent insulative qualities, ceramic tiled flooring will also help to maintain a cool temperature in the warmer months, and a warm temperature in the cooler months. 

When you think of tiles, bathrooms and kitchens will typically spring to mind first, however, tiles have as much a place in the living room as they do anywhere else in the home. Offering a refined, low-maintenance and easy to clean flooring solution, tiles can imbue your living room with a polished style. With so many living room tile ideas to choose from, the options are endless!

You can find tile inspiration to suit all rooms, purposes and design styles through the Amber Tiles Ultimate Guide to Tiles (insert link to the ultimate tile guide).

Living Room Tiles Ideas & Designs Inspiration

How to select tiles for living room

Ultimately, when it comes to living room tile ideas, the best option is one that will align with your purpose, style and budget. When beginning your journey of selecting tiles for your living room, we recommend creating moodboards to cultivate ideas of what styles, shapes and finishes you like. With the living room being a high foot traffic area, it’s wise to select a tile that’s strong and durable to minimise the need for maintenance or repairs. 

How to decorate a living room with tile floors

Decorating your tiled living room is a breeze. Unlike carpeted flooring, the natural materiality, finish and patina of tiles sit seamlessly alongside furnishings and decor. Rugs and furnishings of natural materials such as wood or linens are great choices for complementing tiled flooring. For a full gallery of inspiration images, have a look at our Amber Tiles blog

Tile with terracotta

When selecting beautiful tiles for your living room, a popular choice amongst top designers is creating a Moroccan oasis through the use of terracotta and warm-toned tiles. Terracotta tiles are a staple in modern homes and have the ability to imbue your home with a Moorish feel. For ultimate impact, consider installing terracotta tiles that run from the inside of the home through to your courtyard or garden, creating a seamless flow between inside and out, ideal for hosting. 

If you’re looking for something more rustic and less Eastern, why not use terracotta tiles to transform your home into a Spanish Hacienda? To instil your home with a rustic romance by leaning into the Spanish style, pair your terracotta tiles with crisp white walls and earthy, wooden accessories and furnishings. 

Tile your fireplace

A fireplace is an excellent addition to a living room. With their cosy warmth and nostalgic design aesthetic, fireplaces are a wonderful way to add character to your home.

If you want to spruce up your hearthside, tiles are the perfect place to start. To stay in keeping with the traditional style of your existing fireplace, a Herringbone pattern will maintain and preserve the heritage feature, whilst offering a refreshed and more contemporary update on the classic. For this style, a charcoal tone will suit any home. 

A contemporary classic, Subway tiles are an excellent choice to line your fireplace. If your kitchen or bathroom features these contemporary tiles, choosing them for your fireplace is a simple way to create continuity in your home. 

Mosaic tiles are also a great way to spruce up your fireplace. Be it smaller, more neutral tiles, or fun, bold tiles, mosaics offer a unique finish and pattern that can instil your living room with intrigue. 

Amber Subway Tiles used around the fireplace

Create continuity 

A successful home has a coherent design style that is consistent throughout the home. A great way to create design harmony in your home is to have your living room tiles run from the inside out. This can create a seamless flow between indoors and out and ensure that you maximise your home’s adjoining outdoor space. 

Whichever tile you choose, it’s best to get your tiles professionally fitted. Allowing a trained professional to look after the installation will provide peace of mind and a quicker, more streamlined process.

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Living Room Tile FAQs

What are the best kinds of tiles for the living room?

To ensure durability and longevity, you’ll want to choose floor tiles that are sturdy and strong. For this reason, porcelain tiles are often considered the best tiles for the living room floor. Porcelain tiles are hardwearing, largely slip-resistant and extremely strong. An added benefit is their water-resistance, which makes them ideal for living rooms that are adjoining to an outdoor or poolside area. 

However, if porcelain isn’t for you, ceramic tiles are another great option. For low maintenance and durability, ceramic tiles are a winner. At a slightly lower price point than porcelain, they’re great for a renovation on a budget.

If your home has a contemporary or industrial style, a concrete-look tile such as our Stockton White could be a great choice. These tiles sit as comfortably indoors as they do outdoors, with a durable quality and the sleek profile of smooth concrete. 

Ultimately, there are so many different kinds of tiles for the living room, so if in doubt, speak to a helpful professional at Amber Tiles who can offer guidance on the best tile choice for you. 

What is the most popular tile colour for a living room?

Neutral toned tiles are certainly some of our most popular tiles for living rooms. Beige, cream, grey and brown tiles are most commonly used in living rooms across Australia. Aside from their natural finish, they are also muted enough to ensure that they sit comfortably alongside any decor, complementing existing art and furniture. With so many living room tile ideas and colours to choose from, you can have the pick of the crop! 

Neutral tone floor tiles are popular for living rooms

Which is better: glossy or matte floor tiles?

The choice between glossy or matte floor tiles comes down to personal taste. If you love the sleek finish and sheen of a glossy finish, then go for a glossy coated tile. 

However, in terms of practicality, matte tiles often come out on top. For areas with a high foot traffic or exposure to water or humidity, matte tiles have a more slip-resistant tactility, so may be better suited for a family home with younger children. 

What is the most popular flooring in homes today?

Topping the popularity charts, vinyl is the most popular flooring in homes today. Ideal for renovators on a tighter budget, vinyl is cost-effective, whilst still maintaining durable and low-maintenance qualities. Suitable for bathrooms in particular, vinyl is a great choice for spaces that are frequently wet or humid. 

What lasts longer vinyl or laminate?

Vinyl is thought to be more long-lasting and durable than laminate. Due to its higher water resistance and durability, it’s a great choice for those wanting a hard-wearing finish.

However, whilst laminate may not last as long, it is often thought of as being more comfortable underfoot and having a more refined appearance.

Both options are available at a similar price-point, easy to install and have an overall similar appearance. If d consciously chosen and properly installed, you won’t go wrong with either choice!Fire Place


With so many incredible living room tile ideas available, there’s no better time than the present to start considering how you can elevate your living room with some fresh new tiles. 

When it comes to making the choice, the best tile for your living room is the one that will complement your home’s style and is aligned with your budget, purpose and personal taste. 

For guidance throughout your tiling journey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of tile experts who can help you from concept through to execution. 

For tile ideas or inspiration for your renovation, look no further than our inspiration blog and gallery to see just how Amber tiles can transform your space. 

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