Everyone dreams of a magnificently huge house. It is generally believed that a bigger area will offer more freedom to design and decorate as desired. That’s not always the case. We have seen a fair share smaller rooms that have been decorated and renovated to create an illusion of space.
What’s interesting is that there are so many tips you can find to make your room seem bigger. People talk about adding mirrors, bigger windows, better lights, and even the colour of walls and ceiling. We’re surprised how most of them often forget about an equally important element i.e. the floor.
The flooring can play a key role in creating and destroying the illusion you want to create. If you want to make your small room seem bigger, you need to pay attention to the floor. You will be amazed by the difference that one decision can make. Here are a couple of tips you should follow:
Darker Flooring Can Help
Sounds wrong, right? Normally, everyone would recommend lighter colours that reflect light better –but imagine a room that is entirely light coloured. It doesn’t really look good, and reflection from every angle can actually counter the effect.
Now, a darker flooring, especially a wooden one, can add depth to the room, allowing it to look more expansive as compared to lighter floors. Your best bets are oak, walnut, and Brazilian cherry. The theory stays the same in case of other flooring options such as tiles and carpet.
Keep in mind that dark floors will only work when paired with lighter, cooler-toned walls and ceilings. Avoid a stark contrast of colours on the floor as it will be uneasy on the eyes and might make the room seem disturbingly cramped, especially in a rectangular room.
Diagonal Placement Work Better
Another smart way to create an illusion of bigger space is to lay out the floor in a diagonal pattern. It works better than horizontal and vertical placement. The placement should be in a way that the wide part of the pattern faces you when you enter the room. The diagonal pattern tricks the mind and eyes into seeing the space differently and this creates an illusion of space.
From planks to carpets and from tiles to marble, this trick works for all kinds of flooring. Once again, don’t try to make a checkerboard contrast with too many starkly different shades.
Go for Bigger Tiles
If you are going with tiles, go for large size tiles. Smaller ones will make the room cramped. Similarly, for wooden floors, we would recommend wider and longer planks.
Speaking of tiles, it is very important to keep the grout as invisible as possible. It should be a fine line, but not completely invisible. Rectified tiles are your best bet because they really do have an impact on the amount of grout required in between. This is great for folks who want to keep floor maintenance to a minimal.
Avoid Busy Patterns
Many people argue that carpets aren’t the best option for a small room as they cramp with the place. Carpets are just like any other flooring. You just need to be careful about your choices. As we mentioned earlier, doing dark is a good option as it can add depth. So, you can easily go for a dark colour that doesn’t get too dirty too quickly.
However, there are certain types of carpet you should avoid, and that includes carpets with smaller and busy patterns. That gives a disturbing illusion of too much going on in a small floor area. Same goes for tiles. If you want to go for patterned tiles, make sure it is a clean and big pattern with plenty of blank space. Here is an in-depth guide in buying the right carpet.
Throw In a Rug or Two
Many people would say that rugs will just add to the clutter, but that isn’t true. In fact, rugs are great for smaller rooms. You need to pick the right shape and size. Generally, for a bigger space, we recommend more than one rug to create different areas in one room, but that isn’t the ideal way to decorate a room that is already small.
So, go for one big piece or rug in the centre of the room. Leave some floor space around it, as it will make the room appear larger. You can throw in another rug of different colour and shape over the larger rug.
Don’t go for heavy patterns or texture. A lightweight rug in a solid colour is an excellent choice for a small room.
One Pattern across the Home
While this may work for larger homes, it’s not a great idea for small houses or apartments.
If you want to make your room appear spacious, you need to create an illusion of it opening up in another room. This openness is easy to achieve if you have the same flooring pattern continuing into the other room.
So, my motto is: No Room is an Island. It looks better as a part of something bigger, which in this case is your entire home. This simple little trick can make a world of difference.
Leave Some Floor Space
This may not exactly be a flooring related tip, but it is definitely worth mentioning. Some folks think it’s a good idea to add unnecessary clutter by placing too many items on the floor. The floor is virtually invisible, and that makes the room seem unorganized and cluttered. It is best to limit the number of furniture placed on the floor. Choose sleeker and modern furniture instead of bulky furniture.
Let’s Sum It Up
You can’t make a room bigger, but you can make it appear spacious. Flooring plays a vital role in creating that illusion. It all boils down to keep things clean and clutter-free. Think minimalistic. With the right colour and pattern, you can add depth without compromising the breadth of the room.