How to Use Carpet to Make Your Room Look Bigger

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A solid-colored carpet and light color scheme help this small room to feel open and airy. Peter Mukherjee / E+ / Getty Images

Most of us have at least one small room or space in our home that we wish was bigger. Well, even when you can’t physically enlarge the space, there are ways to achieve the feeling of a bigger space through the use of properly selected décor elements. Carpet is one of those elements. Whether you have wall-to-wall broadloom or an area rug laid over another type of flooring, choosing the right carpet can help your space to feel bigger.

Here are some tips for making that happen.

Broadloom Tips

Installing wall-to-wall broadloom in a room can help to make the space feel bigger by providing continuity. Changing floor surfaces provide visual stops and starts for the eye. By contrast, having a carpet extend from wall to wall means there is nothing to stop the eye, thereby giving the impression that the space is larger than it is.

Area Rug Tips

The key to using an area rug to help your room look bigger, according to Family and Living Rooms Expert Lauren Flanagan, is to use the correct size of rug. “One of the most common decorating mistakes people make (and I see it over and over again) is to use an area rug or carpet that’s way too small,” says Flanagan. “When your rug is the size of a postage stamp it makes the room look choppy and disjointed, and therefore makes it look smaller.”

The exact size of rug that is optimal for your room will depend on several factors, including your furniture placement.

“Always remember that all of the furniture in a room should be sitting atop the rug,” says Flanagan. If it isn’t possible to achieve this, she advises having at least the front legs of larger pieces on the rug. For more information and tips on determining the best size for your area rug, check out this guide to choosing the right sized area rug for your space.

Color

Most people are familiar with the notion that light colors help to make a room feel bigger than dark colors do. That doesn’t mean that you have to install white or off-white carpet throughout your home, however. Using lighter tones of your favorite color throughout the space helps to visually expand the space. In addition, lighter colors reflect more sunlight (or artificial light) than darker colors do, so the increased light in the space contributes to a more open feeling.

Pattern

If you choose to have a pattern on your carpet or area rug, make sure that the size of the pattern is scaled appropriately to the size of the room. The typical rule of thumb is larger patterns for larger rooms; however, this rule is not written in stone, and depends more on the amount of visible floor space – for example, a small room that does not have a lot of furniture can handle a larger pattern, while a large area that is crammed with furniture may require a smaller pattern.

For helpful tips on determining the best pattern for your area rug, have a look at this guide to choosing an area rug pattern.

Your floor covering is an important component of your room’s décor, and can have a big impact on the overall feel of the room.

Choosing the right floor covering can help you achieve a sense of a more open space in your room, and help the area feel bigger.