How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger With the Right Flooring

  • July 13, 2017

We all love the open, airy feel of rooms in magazines and TV design shows, but few of us have the same square footage. If you’re struggling to make a room on the small side—such as a living room, a dining room, or a bedroom—feel larger, new flooring opens up a room in subtle ways. Here are the tips on how to make a small room look bigger.

New design home interior with window, TV, large sofa and white furniture

Interior Decorating Tips

The right furniture and decor inspires creativity, improves a room’s functionality, rejuvenates your spirits, and makes a good impression on guests and potential buyers. An attractive interior, including floor space, provides several creative ideas to make a small room look bigger.

Flooring Is a Linear Design Element

Furnishings and architecture in a room create lines that guide the eye. Install flooring such as hardwood or carpeting with stripes running parallel to the longest wall. By doing this, you can create an optical illusion to elongate the space.

Tips for Color: When to Go Dark or Light?

Light flooring that compliments furnishings, such as whitewashed wood flooring with a neutral sofa, makes a room appear larger. However, one secret is that dark flooring can make a room look larger, especially when coordinated with the colors of the ceiling and walls.

Lights, Focus, Sight Lines: Are These Important?

The vertical lines of windows and doorways draw the eye upward. Curved lines such as a circular coffee table can soften many vertical and horizontal lines that may feel confining.

Furniture Forms: Less Is Often More in Interior Decorating

Not cramming too much into a small space definitely creates a roomy feel. A 10- x12-foot dining room will feel tiny with a dining table and chairs for eight, along with a traditional sideboard or china closet.

How to Arrange Furniture on a Rug

Arranging the furniture in relation to an area rug also influences how spacious a room feels. Placing the front legs on a rug’s outer edges adds harmony while resting all the furniture on the rug creates a pulled-together space within the whole room.

Vary Scale and Proportion

Varying size and scale in your decor can create a visually interesting contrast and balance. A long dining room table parallel with the longest wall in a room meshes well with round pendant fixtures above the table.

Don’t Be Afraid to Show Your Personality

Flooring doesn’t have to be boring. From hardwood such as bamboo, hickory, or walnut to vinyl plank, tile, laminate, and carpet, flooring comes in so many options that it can make a small room look bigger while also showing off your style.


Flooring Tips to Make Your Room Look Bigger

When considering how to make a small living room look bigger or make another small room in your home feel larger, consider these flooring tips.

Wider Planks Add Spaciousness

If you like laminate or hardwood, choose wider planks to stretch the eye. Their large shape creates a feeling of more space.

One Flooring for the Entire Room

Moving from one type of flooring to another within a small space visually divides it. One type of flooring helps make a room look larger by unifying the color, tone, and texture.

Larger Tiles Give Extra Miles

Similar to the stretching effect of using large planks, larger tiles also create a feeling of spaciousness because fewer grout lines make the floor look busy.

Light vs. Dark Flooring

If you have light walls and a light ceiling, dark flooring can make the floor “fall away,” elevating the rest of the room. Light flooring creates a soothing palette with light furnishings.

Diagonal Patterning Is Always Satisfying

Installing tiles, boards, or laminate diagonally will help open up a smaller room because the pattern tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger.


Color Flooring That Makes a Room Look Larger

Light, creamy tones create a modern look and make a small room feel larger, more open, and inviting. They also reflect light, so if your small space doesn’t have much natural light, install lighting that enhances this airiness.

There’s no need to shy away from dark colors, though. A dark-brown wood, dark tile, or deep-brown plush carpeting also can elevate a room if the walls and the ceiling are a much lighter shade.


Carpet ToGo Flooring Options

If you’d like to learn more about how to make a small room look bigger with flooring, our design consultants at Carpet To Go can help. Our family-owned business has served customers across the Puget Sound area for more than 30 years, and we’re glad to assist you in finding the right flooring to meet your needs. Please call us at (425) 453-7607 in Seattle, WA, or fill out our online form for a free estimate today.

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