If your home has small rooms, you might think that it doesn’t matter which type of flooring you select. Instead of feeling like your space is closing in on you, select carpet styles that make small rooms look bigger than they really are. These visual tricks begin with the right choice of carpeting.
In a small room, busy patterns require a significant amount of visual processing. This visual activity in the brain makes the room feel smaller. Sticking with an unobtrusive pattern such as tone-on-tone carpeting is a sound choice for a small room. This type of pattern features subtle shading techniques that aren’t too busy and don’t distract from the other features of the room. Another ideal pattern choice for a small room is a structured-grid, cut-loop pattern. This kind of pattern simply involves selective cutting of some of the loops of the carpet without changing color. The texture change in the carpeting results in visual interest that enhances the look of a small space.
A subdued Berber carpet is a great style choice for a small room. This type of carpet seamlessly blends in with the walls and furnishings to create a feeling of a bigger space. Berber carpets work well in small dens and home offices that may receive a good deal of foot traffic. In a small bedroom, a plush and textured carpet is another good option. Also known as cut and pile, this type of carpeting can be used throughout the entire home. Using the same carpeting throughout your home makes the entire space feel bigger and more coordinated.
Once you’ve selected the style of carpeting for the room or rooms in your home that need updating, it’s time to choose a color. In small rooms, think light or neutral colors. Light colors don’t soak in the light from the room; rather, they reflect it, resulting in the appearance of a larger space. Selecting carpeting that matches the paint or wall covering also helps to make the room feel bigger. Light shades of green or blue are relaxing colors, which are ideal for bedrooms. In living spaces of your home, neutral tones such as beige, light grey or sandstone are colors that will help your space appear larger than it really is.
When installing carpet into a small room, the lack of seams also helps to make the room look bigger. Seams in the flooring cause the eyes to divide the space whereas seamless carpeting installation makes the entire flooring surface appear to be one large unit of space. Empire’s professional installers can help you with choosing the appropriate amount of seams to give your room a larger feel. Once your new carpeting is in place, keep objects on the floor to a minimum. Showing as much of the carpet as possible also helps to make the room look bigger.
Carpet is a great choice for flooring, and even better when it can help give the illusion of space. Schedule your In-Home estimate today to make your room go from small to big while adding a bit of comfort.
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