5 Interior Flooring and Décor Tips that Will Transform Any Small Space

Wood-look vinyl plank flooring in a foyer.

While we do love talking about everything floor related here, we can’t pretend that choosing the perfect flooring option is going to solve all of your problems, especially if you’re trying to make a small living space look and feel more spacious. Even though your choice of floors will play a vital role in shaping your perception as well as the ambiance, it’s important that we also address other crucial interior design elements that will help you bring a grand living environment to life.

This also makes for a wonderful opportunity to provide you with plenty of interior design considerations, so that you can pick and choose your favorites and create a truly unique look. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five interior flooring and décor tips that will transform any and every small space.

It All Starts With the Flooring

Light wood-look vinyl flooring in a living room setting

Let’s start with the foundation, the floors. The flooring option you choose in every room will significantly alter its look and feel, so all the more reason to choose carefully. Needless to say, there’s not much you’ll be able to achieve with the perfect flooring solution if you’ve chosen décor elements that hinder the flexibility and maneuverability in the room. But we’ll get to that in a moment.

Right now, there are a few key things you need to focus on when it comes to choosing floors for spaciousness:

  • Subdued color schemes look great, and they help create a more intimate ambiance. But they can also make a small space look and feel even smaller. This is why you should choose light airy colors for your floors, something like off-white hues the likes of ivory and cream to give the room an uplifting vibe.
  • Here’s another simple trick to make a room feel bigger: put laminate, vinyl, or wooden planks parallel to the length of the room. This will make the room feel even longer, and thus a little bit bigger. 
  • Not satisfied? Don’t worry, here’s another trick: gloss finishes. Choose a flooring option that boasts a mild glossy finish, which will reflect light and make the room feel that much more capacious, open, and vibrant. 

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Match the Furniture With the Floors

Waterproof vinyl flooring in a living room setting

Okay, now let’s combine the floors with the furniture. It should go without saying that your choice of furniture will greatly influence the look of the room, and naturally, make a small space feel tiny if you bring in that cumbersome sofa or try to squeeze in a sectional that doesn’t fit. But it’s not just about the size of the furniture, it’s also about matching it with the floors because you don’t want to negate the effect of a wonderful bright floor.

Keep this in mind:

  • Contrasts are beautiful, but dark furniture can make a light floor lose its purpose in this scenario, so consider matching light floors with furniture in a complementary hue.
  • If you have wooden furniture, make sure it boasts a slightly different hue than the foundation on the floor.
  • You don’t have to choose a monochromatic approach. Just avoid dark hues (as mentioned before) and stick to pastels to keep the place looking bright and lively.

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Transform a Garden House Into a Backyard Oasis

Outdoor carpet in a porch setting

Let’s move out into the backyard for a bit. Your outdoor living space can also feel tiny if you design and decorate it the wrong way, and this is especially true for those detached home extensions such as a pool house, or a shed. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can achieve with the right flooring or a beautiful plantation shutter design that will make the room feel brighter, more vibrant, and spacious. This will allow you to easily convert the space into a home office, a yoga studio, or any other type of space that’s, well, a barrier between you and the kids, let’s be honest. 

For these types of exterior spaces, keep in mind the following:

  • A shed or an extension is the perfect place to install a skylight. Don’t think about it, just do it, because all of that extra light will make space look bigger.
  • Choose your window fixtures and covers carefully, because you need your shutters or curtains to serve an aesthetic and functional purpose.
  • Put light-colored floors here as well.
  • Install plenty of windows, and consider a sliding glass door to further connect the space to the outdoors.

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Combine Flooring and Décor With Other Accents

Light wall and floor tile in a bathroom setting

Next, let’s talk about the finer décor accents that will expand your living environment. Specifically, let’s talk about mirrors and their role in interior design. 

  • Mirrors work in every room, but you need to put it in a strategic place to get the right effect.
  • In a small bathroom, for example, put a mirror over the vanity but add a second mirror on an adjacent wall to let as much light permeate the setting as possible. 
  • In the foyer, consider putting numerous smaller mirrors on one wall in an up-and-down pattern to create an illusion of a grander space, but stick to a single grand mirror in the living room, preferably on the focal wall or above the fireplace. 

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Embrace a More Minimalist Approach

Waterproof vinyl planks in a living room setting.

And finally, don’t forget to keep the space free of clutter. There’s not much you’ll be able to achieve with any of the aforementioned tips if you start stuffing the place with cumbersome furniture and décor. But that doesn’t mean that you should go completely minimalist either.

Instead, try to create a healthy balance and embrace a more semi-minimalist mindset. Stick to the essential décor, make sure there’s plenty of space to move around, and sprinkle in strategic accents such as greenery, mirrors, or artwork to give every room its unique flair, sans the clutter.

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Wrapping Up

It might not be possible to make a small living space look like the Taj Mahal, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make some significant changes with the right battle plan. Be sure to use these tips to transform every small room in and out of your home into a more comfortable living environment.

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