Spring is great time to give your home a new look and feel. Creating a sense of space especially in smaller rooms is always a challenge as much as bigger rooms can feel too cavernous, so breaking those larger spaces down into smaller areas can be a good solution in helping them to feel more comfortable to enjoy spending time in.
Colours and room layouts really do have an impact on how you feel within a space – from being relaxed to even a sense of claustrophobia. Here we look at a few quick tips on using flooring for different rooms in a home to make the most of those spaces.
BALANCE DARK FLOORS WITH LIGHTER WALLS
Dark flooring in small rooms with dark walls can make those types of spaces appear smaller – however when combined with light coloured walls you can make the room feel dramatically bigger and the floor space will feel more expansive.
Image: Regents park colonial oak laminate flooring
Make sure you use lighter wall colours to make rooms feel bigger and use light coloured furnishings – especially with large furniture to make them less dominant.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH A PATTERNED FLOOR
Adding a pattern to your floor can be a fantastic way to bring a room ‘together’, even make a design statement – for example with a modern patterned rug, striped carpet or even patterned vinyl flooring. It can focus a room around its surrounding furniture for a sense of cosiness or instead it can create a greater sense of space by elongating the room.
Image: Browse our striped carpets
See how this has been achieved by using by using this gorgeous striped carpet in a hallway or corridor. If you’re looking to stretch a space – go with the lines.
WHERE TO USE LIGHTER SHADES OF FLOORING
Lighter flooring creates a sense of openness and will give your room the capacity to ‘breathe’. Balanced with subtle walls colours, warm or cooler toned floors can make spaces feel airy and much larger.
What do you want from your room? Think of how it feels now and what is the desired ambience – and choose the floor to work with the overall decor to achieve the result you want. Take your time to make the right decision – even experiment with different flooring samples and testers.