Practically every household talks about “that room,” the one in need of a little more real estate. Unless you’re ready to bump out a closet and commit to a full renovation, you probably just want your tiny room to appear less cramped and feel larger.
Lucky for you, flooring can be one of your best allies in the battle to help a small room seem cozy but ample. In fact, the right type of floor or floor color can make a room bigger, at least from a visual perspective.
Flooring Tips to Make a Small Room Look Bigger
Even though you will always know the basic dimensions of your little room, you can use some proven methods to seemingly bump out the walls without ever picking up a hammer. For instance, a smallish bedroom will always look grander when outfitted with just a few pieces of furniture instead of a full suite. Light-colored and bright-colored walls also tend to promote a sense of greater space.
Where does flooring come into the picture? Well, if you sparsely decorate the room with furnishings, your floors will be more noticeable. This allows you to get more mileage from the optical illusions your floor’s texture, type and shade create.
Here are a few ways you can think about and utilize floors when covering small spaces:
- Diagonal patterning gets a thumbs up: Creating a criss-cross type pattern seems to extend the size of the floor, as it works against the naturally blocked-out square shape of most smaller rooms. Be careful of checkerboard patterns, however. If they are the wrong size, they can make the room seem even smaller.
- Wider planks make more sense: Thinking about using a product like hardwood or laminate in your small room? Though you might gravitate toward thinner planks or strips, revisit your initial plans. Wider planks can work to make your room look bigger. They can also be more affordable because you need fewer of them.
- Larger tiles provide depth: A newly popular type of flooring is luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Whether you are sold on LVT or another type of tiled hard flooring or carpet, always pick bigger tiles. Many people make the misstep of choosing tiny tiles in their intimately sized rooms, which only emphasizes how small the space is.
What Color Flooring Makes a Room Look Larger?
After picking the type of flooring and style you want, you get to move on to the fun part — picking the right color flooring to make your small room look bigger.
In general, no matter what color you decide upon, consider making it uniform around the room. A snug room does not have the real estate to accommodate multi-colored carpet tiles unless they flow into an overarching eclectic or whimsical design.
Be aware that dark flooring colors, including deep brown plush carpeting and dark simulated woods, can be wonderful in a limited space. Unlike darkness on walls, deep coloring on floors makes a light-colored ceiling appear higher and seems to elevate the entire room.
Light color flooring tends to brighten up a space and make it feel larger. Bright and creamy floor tones can help modernize a small room, adding an element of airiness. Be sure to snag as much natural light as you can or install warm artificial lights to make your small space as attractive and inviting as possible.
Transform Your Small Space to Make It Appear Larger
Excited at the prospect of transforming your small room? Schedule a time to meet with a 50 Floor representative in your home and explore the wide world of flooring choices for all your spaces.