Area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting can make a small room look bigger. It’s a key home decor strategy when you can’t afford a larger space. Consider these tips if you want to create the perception of a roomier bedroom, office, or any other area in your home that feels a bit cramped.
Broadloom: Create Visual Continuity
Installing wall-to-wall broadloom makeS a room feel bigger by providing continuity. Floor surfaces that vary create visual stops and starts. By contrast, when a carpet extends from wall to wall, your eye seamlessly scans the space.
Area Rugs: Don’t Skimp on Size
A common decorating mistake is to purchase an area rug that is TOO small. It will actually make your room feel smaller. The exact size of rug that is optimal for your room will depend on several factors, including your furniture placement. If it’s not possible to place all of your furniture on top of the rug, position the front legs of larger pieces on the rug.
Color: Lighter Means Bigger
Using lighter tones throughout the space helps to visually expand the room. In addition, lighter colors reflect more sunlight (or artificial light) than darker colors, contributing to a more open feeling.
Pattern: Scale to Room Size
If you choose a patterned carpet or area rug, make sure the size of the pattern is scaled appropriately to the size of the room. The typical rule of thumb is larger patterns for larger rooms; exceptions, however, depend more on the amount of visible floor space. For example, a small room that does not have a lot of furniture can handle a larger pattern, while a large area that is crammed with furniture may require a smaller pattern.