Dressing up a room to maximize its size and appeal isn’t far different from selecting the styles, patterns, and colors of clothing that make you look your best. Granted, most people strive to slenderize rather than enlarge their appearance when selecting clothing. But when it comes to living space, many of us want it to look larger than it is.
The experts at Floor Coverings International North York share six tips for creating flooring magic that can make a room seem larger whether you install hardwood, wood laminate, carpet, or ceramic tile.
Boards Parallel to Longest Wall
S-t-r-e-t-c-h your room visually. When one side of a small room is significantly longer than the other, you can make the room seem longer by laying boards parallel to the longest wall.
Planks Versus Strips
Go wide (planks) instead of narrow (strips). Wood or laminate planks are at least 5 inches wide whereas strips are a skinny 3 inches across.
The extra seams necessitated by strip flooring make it seem busier and cramped in a small space. As in decorating, a good rule of thumb is to avoid anything, including beloved knickknacks that create a crowded feeling. Planks minimize seams and create a simpler, more open pattern.
Consider a clever angle. Whether a room is rectangular or square in dimensions, laying wood, laminate, or tile flooring diagonally from corner to corner is a visual trick that supersizes the stretch.
Diagonals are also dynamic. They create a sense of movement and interest in art. The same is true in flooring and other construction details.
Dark Floor, Light Walls
It’s true that dark wall colors create an enclosed cave-like feel in a room while light colored walls visually expand the space. But enough is enough! Your floor doesn’t have to be equally pale.
When the right, light wall color is well paired with a dramatically dark floor, a room pops. Select crown molding that is lighter or slightly more intense than your pale wall color. A dark base trim matching the flooring will draw eyes upward to the wide-open lightness of the walls.
When changing flooring materials from one room to another, consider consistent color transitions. For example, a light oatmeal-colored carpet shouldn’t bump into dark flooring. Minimizing color change in flooring from one room to another can give an entire house a greater sense of spaciousness.
Large Tiles, Less Grout
Finally, if you plan to install ceramic tile, keep in mind that grout lines can create a busy look similar to that of seams in strip flooring. Selecting a grout color that matches the tile can minimize this action. But an even better choice may be large tiles and fewer lines of grout.
If you’re looking to make a room or your entire house look bigger, consider these flooring tricks! Give the experts at Floor Coverings International North York a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation and go over all of your different flooring options. We proudly serve the greater North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and Markham areas.
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