Most people have at least one small room in their home, or they wish they had a larger room. Even if you can’t physically enlarge a room, there are ways to achieve the feeling of a larger space by using the right choice of decorative elements. Carpets are one of them. Whether you have wall-to-wall rugs or rugs that go over different types of floors, choosing the right rug can help make your space feel larger. Here are some tips for making that happen.
Installing wall-to-wall width in a room can help make a space feel larger by providing continuity. Alternating floor surfaces provide visual stops and starts for the eye. On the other hand, when the rug extends from one wall to the other, there is nothing to block the view, giving the impression that the room is larger than it actually is.
The key to making your room appear larger with an area rug is using the right size rug. A common decorating mistake people make is choosing an area rug or rug that is too small, which makes the room appear choppy, cluttered, and therefore smaller.
The exact size of the rug that is best for your room depends on several factors, including where the furniture will be placed. Always remember that all furniture in the room should be on the carpet. If that’s not possible, for larger pieces, at least put the front legs on the rug.
Most people are familiar with the concept that light colors help make a room appear larger than darker ones. However, that doesn’t mean you have to have white or cream rugs all over your home. Using light shades of your favorite color throughout the room will help visually expand the space. Also, lighter colors reflect more sunlight (or artificial light) than darker colors, so the added light in the room helps create a more open feel.
If you decide to make a pattern on your area rug or rug, make sure the pattern is scaled to fit the size of the room. The typical rule of thumb is: larger spaces require larger patterns; however, this rule is not set in stone and depends more on the visible floor area. For example, a small room with little furniture might call for a larger pattern, while a large area packed with furniture might call for a smaller pattern. Flooring is an important part of a room’s decor and can have a huge impact on the overall feel of a room. Choosing the right flooring can help make the area appear larger.