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Do you have a room that resembles a stop sign more than a square, or one that contains several alcoves? Oddly shaped rooms demonstrate unique architectural flair — and maybe that’s part of what drew you to your home in the first place. You love the unusual layout of the house and believe the shape makes the property more attractive.

But when you try to get flooring for your oddly shaped room, you may find yourself less enchanted with its fun qualities. Flooring odd-shaped rooms can be a challenge, but it’s possible to do it right. Use these tips to add flattering flooring you love to your space.

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1. Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Oddly shaped rooms often have small spaces and tight corners. Picking the right flooring can give the illusion of more space where there is none. If the place has a low ceiling, avoid tiles or thick carpet, which will make the room look even tinier.

Instead, consider hardwood floors with a wide plank. The fewer grainlines people see, the more space it seems like you have. Hardwood floors also reduce the cluttered feel so many small rooms get even if they only have a small amount of furniture.

2. Choose Light Flooring

Once you decide on the material for your floor, your next selection is the coloring. A lighter wood or laminate works well in an odd space because it looks simple. You want non-fussy flooring in an oddly shaped room so that it’s not competing for attention with the unexpected juts of the walls.

3. Use Rugs on Your Flooring

Rugs are a great choice when it comes to decorating odd-shaped rooms. They can make a space look simpler and draw attention away from the corners of the room.

4. Avoid Busy Patterns

Oddly shaped rooms can look too small when they have too much decor. You don’t want to overdo it on your choices for furniture with something too bold. You should avoid the same mistake with your flooring design. A herringbone pattern, for instance, may prove too busy for the room. Stick with solid colors and avoid patterned floors.

If you can’t resist the allure of a busy pattern, install some type of barrier, such as plain hardwood, between the wall and the start of the new flooring. The separation will keep the room from feeling too small.

5. Enlist a Professional to Do the Job

It may be tempting to try to install your flooring yourself to save a few bucks. But paying a little extra for someone else’s expertise is worth the investment. You want an expert working on your flooring, especially if it’s a challenging shape. By turning the job over to a professional, you don’t have to worry about getting the dimensions measured correctly or installing the flooring properly. All you need to do is listen to their advice and let them work, and you’re set. 

Decorating odd-shaped rooms can be difficult. The best way to ensure your flooring fits the room is to request a customized estimate. Schedule an at-home appointment today, and our team can help. 

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