When people heard of small living spaces in the past, they assumed this meant a small apartment or a cottage with one room. But these days, most people are opting to maximize their time outdoors. Indoor spaces have become smaller, and outdoor areas are getting bigger. Often this demands different kinds of property upkeep. Larger yards require regular lawn repair and management, but indoor spaces need a different kind of upkeep. Aside from regular cleaning, it would help if you created an illusion of spacious interiors without costly renovations.
For instance, you can use carpets and rugs to demarcate different sections of the room. Regular carpet cleaning guarantees that the carpets and rugs do not cause allergies and other complications in susceptible people. Furthermore, professional cleaning boosts the longevity of your carpets and keeps them looking pristine by minimizing the debris in them that would flatten their fibers. Other than using carpets and rugs to section several areas of your room, here are the other flooring tricks that can create an illusion of a bigger space.
Pick Light and Airy Colors
Whether you are using vinyl, wood tile, or carpeting, light colors will make space look large and open. Off-white tones, including light tan, cream, and ivory add some elegance to your rooms and bounce off lighting, making them look large. You can also opt for teal, blue, and earth tones. If you choose light-colored carpets, ensure you get a stain-resistant material that will clean up easily more so in high-traffic rooms.
Install Parallel Floor Planks
Laminate and wood flooring comes in planks. It would be best if you considered installing these in a parallel run with the longest side of your room. This trick has a lengthening impact that will open the space up. If you have adjoining rooms like dining and living rooms, run the planks vertically so that they connect both rooms. When picking hardwood floors, get long and large planks instead of small thin ones that will make a room look cramped.
Opt For Gloss Finishes
A gloss floor finish rather than a matte or flat one is your best choice in a small room. The high gloss and satin finish will reflect light and make the room look spacious. The floors are also easy to clean and will keep your interiors looking new. This finish will, however, chip and scratch easily. It is thus prudent to invest in quality carpets and rugs for the high traffic sections of these rooms to minimize the impact.
Avoid Too Much Detail
One element that will draw people’s eyes to the floor and give your room a cluttered look is too much fine detail on your flooring. It would help if you avoidedintricate textures or patterns. If you have to use designs and textures, opt for large ones that can be arranged in a way that will promote a smooth visual flow.
The above tricks are guaranteed to give you one of the most expansive interiors irrespective of your property’s square footage. You can also have one flooring for your entire property so that the rooms will flow into each other. You thus need not fork a lot of cash you cannot afford to get the largest property on the market.