Small spaces are a pressure cooker of creativity, and you can use numerous tips and tricks to make a small home interior look bigger by using the right combination of flooring, tile colour, and tile types. Whether you’re thinking about renovating or building a room from the ground-up, here are some of the top interior design tricks to keep in mind.
Choosing the Correct Flooring
Flooring is not normally the first thing that comes to mind when people try to make a room seem bigger, but it can be a good approach to the problem. Flooring can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room, and this extends to how people perceive its size.
Tile, whether ceramic, vinyl, or porcelain, is best used when trying to make a room seem larger. Carpet is not the best for this because the more cluttered a room looks, the smaller it will appear, and tile is a smoother material with a cleaner look. It is also important to maintain a consistent tile type between adjacent spaces. The less variance in material, the larger the space will seem. If you do find that you need to use a different flooring material or tile type in an adjacent space, try to use one that at least shares the same colour family.
Your floor tile should ideally be a lighter colour such as off-white, light blue or green. Soft tones make spaces seem brighter and more inviting and airy, while dark colours make the same space feel smaller. This rule does have some exceptions though. If properly used, and if the walls are given a cool paint shade, dark wood colours in the floor tile can still help make a room seem bigger. The contrast makes the walls seem further away and helps create an illusion of more space.
Tile Size and Shape
When you lay a tile, there will inevitably be visible seams. When using small tiles, these seams can build up and create a cluttered or confined look. To avoid this, make use of large tiles (if ceramic or porcelain) or plank tiles (if vinyl or laminate) instead. The lower number of seams will result in a more open pattern. When laying plank flooring, you can make use of another visual trick by placing the boards diagonally. This tricks the eye into trying to see the pattern from a different perspective and makes the space seem larger than it actually is.
Handling Wall Design
Many of the same tips for flooring applies to choosing tiling options for your walls. However, there are a few extra tips that can help you out.
Making the walls lighter than the floor can help make a smaller room seem bigger. A similar effect can be achieved if the wall trim and moldings are painted in a lighter colour than the wall itself. This gives the illusion of the wall being pushed further back and adds an enhanced sense of space.
Minimize Wall Features
Too many paintings or other adornments on the wall makes a room seem cluttered and small. Try to keep the walls bare or at least minimally decorated.
Light and Mirrors
Light, especially natural light, makes rooms feel larger. If your walls have windows, you should leave them uncovered to let sunshine in and brighten things up. If your room isn't positioned well enough to allow this, you can also try adding mirrors to some of the walls or furniture pieces to help spread the light around.
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933. Our extensive collection of different wall and floor tiles affords customers the ability to find quality flooring in Toronto, the GTA, and beyond. To learn more about different tile types, or if you have other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.