How to Create the Illusion of Space with Flooring

Limited floor space? Create the illusion of extra room with these flooring tips.

Would you like to make your home appear larger than it really is? Many homeowners want to create the illusion of space when it is not always possible to expand, including tiny home owners. Indeed, there are many ways you can do this, but one of the best ways is to be savvy when choosing your luxury vinyl click flooring. From choosing darker colors to laying the flooring in a specific direction, you can expand a small room and make it appear larger than it really is.

So, let’s take a look at luxury vinyl flooring and how you can create the illusion of space.

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Choose Dark Colors

Did you know that choosing dark colors can make a room appear bigger? Surprisingly, darker flooring can create depth in a room. This is particularly true when you have light walls and ceilings. Thus, stay away from light colors, as this can create reflection and make a room smaller. Thankfully, there are now many colors you can choose from for flooring, so you are going to have a lot of options for your home.

Select Wider Planks

A lot of people like to choose vinyl flooring that looks like wood. This is the current trend for homes. Thus, if you are doing this and want to create space at the same time, it is best to select wider and longer planks. This can help to expand a room and trick the eyes into thinking the size is bigger. Even if you select a room with tiles, you want to ensure they are a large size. Too many are going to make a space look cramped.

Lay Them Diagonally

When it comes to laying your luxury vinyl click flooring, you want to create a diagonal pattern. In other words, if you want to enlarge a room, stay away from horizontal or vertical placement. You want the flooring to face you when you come into the room. This is going to stretch the room and make it appear like there is more space. You will be surprised by the results and how this simple adjustment can trick your mind into thinking the room is bigger.

Keep it Simple

Some people believe choosing a busy pattern may distract guests from seeing how small a room really is. But it can actually have the opposite effect. Busy and complicated patterns can actually draw in the walls and make a space look smaller. There is just too much to look at. The best thing you can do is keep the luxury vinyl click flooring simple. In other words, go for something clean and undemanding on the eye. You can still enjoy flooring with a pattern. But ensure that it is not too much.

Choose One Pattern

We know it can be tempting to choose different flooring for each room in the home. This is particularly true if you like to have different themes. But this will not create the illusion of space in a small house. Instead, you want to choose one pattern for all of the rooms. This is going to open up the space more than you realize.

When you choose new flooring for your home, there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of space. You can choose simple patterns and darker colors and select wider planks and larger tiles.  Do not forget to keep the pattern simple too. When you are laying the floor, keep it diagonal for enlarging a room.

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