Posted on October 09 2019
One of our favorite design challenges is a small space. Whether a narrow entryway, small powder room or cozy family room, you can create the illusion of more space with a few design tips. The foundation of any great design for a small space is the flooring. Here are a few of our techniques for turning a small space into one of your favorite rooms in your home.
Choose Light Colors
Dark colors can make even large spaces feel confining. To make a small space appear larger and more inviting, choose a light color palette, starting with the flooring. Whether you prefer carpet, tile or hardwood, look for flooring options in neutral beiges, grays or light hardwoods. To provide a seamless flow of light and space from one room to the next, try to use the same flooring color throughout adjoining rooms in your home.
Choose a Simple Pattern
Small spaces have a tendency to feel cluttered, so choose flooring with simple patterns and textures that allow the eye to move around the room without distractions. If you opt for hardwood, choose a wood species with a subtle grain and consistent coloration from plank to plank. If you prefer tile, consider simple patterns without intricate details. Also look for tiles or planks that are larger and wider in size. Fewer seams throughout the flooring will create the illusion of a larger, continuous space.
Choose an Installation Technique
Once you’ve selected the flooring for your space, the final step is to evaluate installation techniques to give the appearance of more space. For wood or luxury vinyl flooring, consider installing the planks parallel with the longest wall to draw the eye down the length of the room, making it appear larger. For a narrow entryway or hallway, try laying the flooring at an angle or in a herringbone or chevron pattern to give the illusion of a wider space.
With flooring as the foundation, you can complete the design for your small space with a few more considerations. In addition to flooring design to make the room appear longer and wider, you can use vertical design elements to make the ceiling appear higher. Floor-to-ceiling window treatments or built-in shelving draw the eye up to the ceiling and make the space appear larger. By creating storage space with vertical shelving, you can also reduce clutter to reveal more of the flooring, making the room feel more open.
When you’re ready to upgrade your small space, contact us at 412-400-1000 or visit us online to get started with your in-home design consultation. If you’re looking for hardwood, waterproof vinyl, laminate, carpet, tile or more, we’re here to help you design the perfect small space in your home. Our Molyneaux team is dedicated to helping Pittsburgh homeowners #LoveYourFloor with the very best service, quality and results.