It’s true that if you cram a huge rug into a small room, the room will feel even smaller. But rugs can be used to create a spacious feeling in your home. Rather than carpeting every room, lay laminate or wooden flooring, which is cool underfoot in the summer, and add rugs for warmth and style. A large, solid colour rug can create the feeling of space and using rugs in lighter hues such as cream and pale blue can achieve a similar effect.
If you live in a small studio flat and are trying to make it appear more spacious, you should avoid bold patterns or bright or rich colours and stick to pale neutrals, to create a light and spacious feel. If you live in an open plan space or studio apartment, create a natural division between two spaces (for example the kitchen and living area) by using one large rug which can create a transition between the two areas. You could also try adding differently shaped rugs, such as a large rectangular rug and two smaller circular rugs, as this will help to break up space and make the room feel larger.
Choosing a rug that is lightweight and doesn’t have much texture is a wise option when trying to create the feeling of space in your home. Shaggy pile rugs are heavy and make a room feel smaller. Opt for low profile polypropylene and make sure that your large rug stops a few inches from the furniture, so it doesn’t feel as if it is ‘taking over’ the room.
One large rug is better than several small ones, which can make any room feel cluttered. Place the rug in the middle of the room but make sure that it doesn’t extend right to the walls, as this will make the room feel cramped and smaller than it actually is.
polypropylene rugs have a low profile, and choosing beige, cream or pastel shades can really help any room to feel more spacious. If choosing a patterned rug, stick to something very plain and simple that won’t detract from the rest of the room, although plain rugs are always recommended for smaller rooms.
Other ways to make a tiny room or apartment feel instantly more spacious include using mirrors to create more light, consider installing shelves or extra storage to lift clutter off the floor and tidy it away and go for the ‘less is more’ option. Choose fewer but larger items and make a statement with floor to ceiling panels or curtains that draw your eye to them, large artwork and statement lighting. Lots of small items can create visual noise that makes your room seem smaller, but a few select, bold pieces can make it feel more spacious.