When living in a smaller home or property, finding a balance of stylish design and practicality can be difficult. You can often find yourself looking at larger houses with lots of space for interior design and think ‘if only’. However, here at Affordable Flooring Solutions we love smaller spaces. We want to help you see smaller spaces not as a hinderance, but as an opportunity to get creative with interior design.
It may come as a surprise but the flooring you choose can have a big impact on how big or small a space can feel. Something as simple as a different floor colour can instantly make a space feel brighter, lighter and bigger. So, if you are looking to make your smaller property feel bigger, it’s best to start with the floor.
If you want to make your room feel bigger and brighter, try lighter-toned floors. Lighter coloured imitation wood floors, like laminate or LVT, are a great choice. These imitation wood floors have a timeless look and can go with any home. A lighter coloured floor is also fairly low maintenance. This is because it allows dust and dirt to be disguised. Because of this, you won’t have to be going over with a hoover all the time.
Lighter neutral tones are also a good idea. Greys and pale colours help make the space feel airy and light. You could go for an industrial style and pick an imitation concrete floor in LVT, vinyl or laminate.
Another option is to choose a dark floor. Though this may seem counterintuitive, this can actually help make a room seem bigger. A dark, striking colour adds depth to a room and makes it feel bigger. Why not try a dark walnut wood LVT or black Victorian vinyl tile style?
The main thing to avoid is medium shades. These can make a room feel cramped and small. Stick with striking, contrasting colours to make the most of your space.
It’s really important when working with a smaller space to utilize your furniture properly. Rather than having furniture and storage separately, try and combine the two. There are lots of stylish furniture options that also include hidden storage (e.g. window seats).
You could also pick up some wicker baskets and use them for a stylish storage option. These can then be tucked away under beds or tables when you need to make more space. If everything can be cleared and tucked away somewhere, you can give the appearance of space.
Another tip is to use a few larger decorative items rather than lots of small ones. Using lots of small décor pieces can give a feeling of clutter- thereby making your space seem smaller.
Rugs are also a good idea. Not only do they help maintain your floors, but they also create the illusion of space.
Interested in having a new flooring installed in your property? Get in touch today and we’ll go over all the details. Contact us today to book you first FREE consultation.