Tiny houses are all the rage right now. With so many people wanting a more transient life that’s more sustainable, we’re seeing more and more of these. Everything about a tiny house must be rethought, and restructured, including the floors. So, what are the best types of flooring to use when you have so very little space to showcase them in?
The selection process for your tiny home shouldn’t be any different than choosing the best flooring for a small room. You want the space to feel large, regardless of how tiny your home is. To do that, you need to trick the eye to make the home appear bigger.
First and foremost, carpet will give the look and feel of coziness, which normally is fine and a desired aspect in flooring, but it’s not what you want in your tiny house. Stick with hardwood or tile to give the look of airiness and space. If you really want carpet, save it for the loft area, or the space where the bed will be.
When selecting the width, and if you select hardwood, select planks instead of strips of wood (boards that are narrower than 3” are considered strips, whereas 3” and greater are considered planks). Wide plank flooring makes a room look bigger with the appearance of fewer seams. The open pattern looks less busy.
How the flooring is laid will also trick the eye into thinking the space is larger. The boards can be laid parallel to the longest wall and/or laid on a diagonal. If you choose to go with larger tile, these really give a visually stunning look when laid on a diagonal. Wide hardwood planks also create visual interest, tricking the eye to appreciate the style, as opposed to the size, of the home.
Speaking of wood, don’t be afraid to use darker wood floors. If the rest of your space is light and bright, darker flooring will actually make the room look bigger! Crown molding in white colors, and cool shades on the walls will attract the eye to the corners of the home making it seem larger.
Lastly, be consistent. It may be tempting to use a different type of flooring in the kitchen or the bathroom, however doing that will only make the space seem cut up and small. If you have to change flooring material, stay within the same color if possible to make the floors seem consistent and seamless.
Choosing to live the Tiny House lifestyle is no small feat (pun intended). Making your home seem as much like a normal sized home may be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Meet with us to discuss your tiny home needs, or, if you don’t have a tiny house but do have a tiny space, we will use the same methods to help you stretch the space out and make it seem much more spacious!
Decorating with patterns is not so difficult to do when we’re talking about pillows, throws, or other home décor, but do you feel brave enough to decorate with patterns on your floors? You would be surprised how much interest patterns can add to a room, even make a small room seem larger! Experimenting with different types of flooring and colors that compliment your already in place scheme (or completely changing the furniture as well) will give you a showroom feel and create a truly unique look!
If you prefer hardwood, you can choose to go with a pattern; a chevron style is very unique, and very popular in today’s design. If you choose to go with a pattern with your hardwood however, we recommend you choose narrow planks; wide planks don’t translate well into that design, and will give the floors a clunkier feel.
There are great carpets that you can choose from that have either a tone on tone design (if you want to stay neutral) or flashier designs that evoke different feels. Speaking to one of our designers will help you in selecting the right pattern for your room. Bring pictures or invite our designers into your home to get a good idea on the space, design of the room, and the overall look you want to achieve.
Any kind in of tile you choose can be used in either a patter, or are patterned themselves. There are many different types of tile, and to narrow down what you want can be daunting! Start with magazine clippings of looks, styles, and designs you are drawn to. Think about the colors you love most, and what would work best with your existing furniture. Narrow it down further by selecting the era or ‘theme’ of your room (there are tiles that work quite wonderfully with whichever style you are drawn to most). Last, discuss all of these, and bring samples to your appointment with the designer to help you narrow it down even more. Take samples into your room or space and see if you can envision it!
If you’re not ready to marry a pattern, but a certain pattern struck you in a carpet, you can choose to have a custom carpet cut for you as a rug and complete the patterned look in your room without having to change all of the flooring to that pattern!
Don’t think that you have to use the same type of flooring throughout your entire home. Play with patterns and find the look that defines your space!
The time has come for your teen to move away from the princess/dinosaur bedroom they’ve had since they transitioned from a crib to a bed. It’s not as easy of a transition when they want a more grown-up room; for starters, they want to have more of a voice in their design, and why not? Designing a room that reflects their life or personality is their first step towards adulthood. It’s a great bonding time for you and your teen to learn more about what they like, what they don’t, and what their overall vision is.
To achieve a room that will be easy on your budget, and fulfill their desire for a more mature look, start by emphasizing storage. A desk with drawers or shelves, a bed with under storage, or floating shelves to both store their items in a more streamlined way, and get what’s on the floor up and out of the way. Not having to think about cleaning their room every other day will be a stress reliever for both you and your teen.
Speaking of less stress, teens need nine or more hours of sleep to distress and recharge daily. Create an environment that promotes better sleep, and comfort. Keep electronics out of their room, and add blackout window treatments if they don’t already have them. If you have a houseful of children, consider a noise machine to give your teen a way to block out and conk out.
Flooring is important to a teen’s overall design, and the carpet they’ve had for the past ten years may have seen better days. If you chose a colored carpet to match the childhood theme they once had, it’s time to take it out and add a more mature flooring. This teen will likely be out and off to college in a few years, so choose a flooring that either matches the rest of your home, or will work with a future flooring change (meaning, if you plan to add hardwood to all bedrooms, change the teen’s flooring to the hardwood shade you would likely change the rest of the rooms in in the future). Cork flooring is a great option as well, with the soft underfoot feel and easy cleanup.
Lastly, add décor to the room to pull the look together. Your teen will want to highlight their style and have fun with their new room. If they are artists, display their art on the walls. Create a gallery wall with thrift store pieces, or, use frames you pick up from the thrift store to place their artwork in. Add other elements like cool vases or vintage cameras-whatever their interests area, and make their room reflect who they are. Many of them are fascinated by the highly designed rooms they see on TV and in magazines. Make their vision come to life!
Ask one of our designers to help you and your teen choose the right flooring to fit the theme of their room, and the overall design of your home!