Does size matter when it comes to rooms? We usually equate ‘bigger’ with ‘better’ but it isn’t always true. For example, in Britain, most homes aren’t massive sprawling properties with huge rooms, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make those smaller rooms work or that we can’t also have a beautiful space because many of our houses are so small.
There are a lot of tricks to make a smaller room appear larger and more importantly, make those rooms work as well as a larger space would. So we thought to share some of these tips for making a smaller space appear larger. You can also buy patterned tiles for your room.
Tips to make a room bigger with tiles
Each room will look smaller if the flooring is different because it will enlarge the visual space in each room. By using the same flooring throughout your entire space, you will create a visually wider impression.
You may not believe it, but the way flooring is installed can help make a room look larger than it is. Generally, installing flooring parallel to the longest wall in a room instantly enlarges the room. Similarly, if you choose carpet for your small room, steer clear of busy floral patterns and too-complex patterns, and consider vertical stripes to help elongate the space.
The installation of boards and tiles diagonally is another way to open up a small room. Even though this is not the normal thing to do, the eyes will be tricked into thinking the space is larger.
You will achieve a sense of flow in your home by maintaining a uniform colour scheme.
When you paint your home pale, natural colours, it will appear spacious and airy. Neutral walls also create the illusion that a room is larger.
Lighter-coloured floor tile to complement your furniture can open up a room and expand the perception of its size. Choose cream carpets, neutral-toned tiles, and whitewashed wood flooring. Bright, light and neutral colours add an airy and open feeling to a room, making it appear larger and bringing in natural sunlight.
Your eye is drawn upward when the curtain pole reaches the ceiling, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling. The curtains should not only begin at the ceiling but should also end at the floor, creating a wide vertical line. The curtains should also be hung wide so that when they are drawn back, the whole window is visible – this takes advantage of as much natural light as possible, giving the room a much fresher, brighter appearance.
Planks Over Strips
In terms of space-enhancing tricks, this is probably one of the easiest to perform. Wider planks are better than strips, which have a minimum thickness of 3 inches. By using planks on the floor, the space will feel less crowded and more spacious, since there are fewer seams in the floor and fewer boards are required. This really couldn’t be more simple!
Tile laying pattern
We’re seeing an increase in people using innovative pattern tiles when laying tiles.
As vertical brick, chevron, herringbone, and basket weave become more popular, which arrangement will make your room look bigger?
We often recommend laying tiles diagonally or in a diamond pattern tiles; however, your tile fitter will be able to suggest which pattern best suits your room. By creating a feature wall, you will not only be able to make a statement in your chosen room, but you will also be helping to break up harsh lines. It will fool the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is because the boundaries are less defined. You can buy pattern tiles from your locality.
When we look at interior design trends, homes overseas, or images in books, we feel that our home falls short – but does size matter when it comes to rooms? It is also a trick of the trade to lay tiles vertically if you have a low ceiling and want to give the impression that you have a high ceiling.
The use of the flooring that comes in planks, such as our popular Karndean range, is a great way to help enlarge a room by laying planks parallel to the longest wall.