Finding the perfect house is only part of your journey into making the space your home. There’s decorating, painting, and making minor changes (or major) to truly bring your personality into the space. For some, that means thinking outside the box to make the space seem larger than it really is. This can be achieved in a few different ways; using eye-tricking paint, scaled-to-size furniture, and of course, little tricks in how the flooring is laid. Here are some of our suggestions on how to make a small space seem spacious and give your home a look that is all you.
Planks over Strips:
Strips of wood are generally no wider than 3” a piece. Laying down flooring that narrow will make the space seem a little busy, and close those walls in. If the flooring is laid vertically, it will make the rooms seem even smaller. Choose wide plank flooring, or planks of wood that are greater than 3”; the open pattern will give a seamless look and if the boards are laid parallel to the longest wall it will also help to elongate the room.
As we mentioned above, how the flooring is laid is quite important as to the impact it gives to the eye and space. Laying flooring, may it be wood, tile, or laminate, on a diagonal fools the eye into seeing the pattern in a different perspective, giving it a bigger feel and creating visual interest.
There are homes that tend to feel a break up in types of flooring is necessary to draw a clear line between the usages of each room, but this just isn’t the case. Breaking up rooms or spaces with different types of flooring gives it a cut up feel and shortens the spaces considerably. Use the same flooring throughout, including a vanity bath, and kitchen on the first floor to give the illusion of a large space. If you must have different types of flooring material, try to stay within the same color family so as to not break up the pattern too much.
Type of Tile or Wood:
Contrary to popular belief, dark wood, paired with the right combination of wall color, trim and molding, make a room look bigger. Choose a cool paint shade that will make the walls seem to recede, and add trim that matches your floor. Crown molding in white or a shade lighter than the walls, will draw the eye up giving your room that spacious feel.
Adversely, if tile is your preference, increase the appearance of the size of the room by increasing the size of the tile. Luxury, ceramic, porcelain and vinyl all come in a variety of looks and sizes. Choosing flooring that installs without the use of grout will add to the enhancement of the space.
Ask our designers to help you choose the best flooring for your space, and ask us to share all the best options to make your home feel like the castle of your dreams!