August 23, 2021 2 min read

Do you have a home on the smaller side? Or, is the amount of space you have fine, but you simply have so much furniture that every room feels packed to the brim? Regardless, the outcome is the same: you’re left wanting for a less claustrophobic-feeling living situation.

If you’re looking at flooring renovations, you’re in luck—the right kind combined with the right layout can make any room seem a little more gifted in the square-footage department. Read on for top recs that create the illusion of more space from E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online.

Parallel Flooring Planks

What kind of plank isn’t quite important—vinyl flooring and hardwood flooring, for example, both work equally well for this application. The long and short of it is that repeating parallel (side-by-side) lines set lengthwise in a rectangular room or hallway can do wonders to “expand” the space.

For square or strangely shaped rooms, you’ll need to adapt this technique a smidge to get the same results; try putting flooring down diagonally instead if you’ve got enough faith in your installation skills. It may not be traditional, but it definitely deceives the eye.

Flooring that Spills Over from Room to Room

Whether it’s engineered hardwood flooring or waterproof flooring, if your choice is used for multiple interconnecting rooms, it has a tendency to make all spaces involved look a little more expansive.

While this effect can be achieved with tile-formatted floorings, it really shines when combined with the aforementioned parallel or diagonal style. We thus recommend engineered hardwood flooring, solid hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring—anything that comes in long rectangles.

 Large-Width Planks

Yes, even the size of individual flooring units can affect how a room is perceived! The more junctions there are in your flooring, the fuller your room will appear. Small-size planks or tiles are thus awesome if you want to make a room feel cozier, but they’ll only contribute to the problem if you’re seeking the appearance of space.

Instead, choose wide planks or large tiles to cut down on visual clutter. You might also want to stay away from flooring with lots of “character”—that has lots of knots, in other words. They’re charming, sure, but they can interfere with the clean and open look you’re trying to create

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