What types of flooring make your home look larger?

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Flooring that will make your house look larger.

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Flooring choices can have a big impact on how large your home looks.  Below are some easy tips to help leverage the space you already have so that your space looks larger.  This info should come in handy for anyone putting in new flooring as well as those looking to sell their house and maximize the space they already have.

1. Use the same type of flooring material and same color across rooms. Whenever possible, continue that same surface across rooms. Here in Westchester NY, hardwood is the preferred flooring, and this is one of the many reasons we are seeing the trend to add hardwood to the kitchen - by continuing the same surface, even in the kitchen, you connect the space and it just looks larger.


2. Use lighter colors. Lighter makes the space look larger. Same holds true for walls.

3. Use wider planks. Wider makes the space look larger. Same goes for tile - larger tiles make the space look larger. (By the way, parquet flooring makes the space look smaller, so avoid parquet as well as small tiles) Diagonal lay hardwood  Westchester NY

4. Lay your floor on a diagonal. Regardless of whether you have tile or hardwood, this will make your space look larger as it carries your eye along the longest length of the room (remember trigonometry? The hypotenuse is the longest side of the triangle). It will also make your space look more visually intriguing. Note: if your room or space is very rectangular, sometimes a straight lay across the longest length is a better option, but usually diagonal is a much better choice.

5. Declutter. The more you can see the floor and walls and space, the cleaner, neater and larger you space will look. Consider throwing away some of the knickknacks and maybe even getting rid of a piece or two of furniture. It won't cost you anything. Maybe give to your kids if they are in college or donate or sell on ebay. Also, trading to a flat screen TV that can be placed on the wall can also clear up a lot of floor space.


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Comments (40)

Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Darker woods with the wide planks are more popular here, but you've made a great case for the lighter wood!! :)  Thanks for the great tips, Debbie!!

Dec 06, 2012 12:05 PM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Debbie,

I love your blogs, they are always so educational. The next time I'm faced with a small house or condo, I'll definitely recommend wide planked Hardwood floors once it fits the budget and it will provide a good return on my client’s investment.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


Dec 06, 2012 12:09 PM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Diagonal. I like it. Have not seen that very much. In fact, I can't remember the last time. It that getting more popular?

Dec 06, 2012 12:30 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Debbie, hardwood is very popular here as well, believe it or not. But tile is often chosen because it is less expensive. I vote for hardwood :)


Dec 06, 2012 12:32 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

We did light large tiles on the diagonal, and it made a huge difference in the appearance as far as size.  I guess we hit the trifecta.

Dec 06, 2012 02:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie, once again, your posts help us learn something new all the time - and this helps us help our clients.

(Did not know laying the longer planks diagonally would have such a huge impact.)

Dec 06, 2012 03:02 PM
Raymond Kennedy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Orland Park, IL

Great information, we always talk about colors and how they affect the perception of size. Discussing the flooring is a great addition to that conversation with homeowners and the diagonal option is an excellent idea. I personally love the way that looks, it does make the rooms much larger.

Dec 06, 2012 03:09 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Debbie I knew things like mirrors and decluttering would make rooms look bigger but I had never considered the types of flooring that would serve the same purpose.
Dec 06, 2012 04:04 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Debbie, I agree with you on all five points. I love the use of the same material throughout the home and I also love wide plank flooring and large tile, too! :)


Dec 06, 2012 04:20 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

It is so true that the same flooring from room to room does make things flow and appear larger.  

Dec 06, 2012 07:17 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

This, for me, always goes back to the basic use of color and texture. 

Ask any overweight person why they wear a lot of dark colors. 

"Because it makes me look skinnier".

I previewed a new home yesterday and was quite put off by the builder's use of very dark hardwood for the stairs.  The flooring throughout the main level was lovely but then that dark stained wood for the steps was just not attractive at all.



Dec 06, 2012 07:18 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

If you want to know the right thing to do when it comes to flooring, ask "The Flooring Girl"!  Congratulations on the Feature Bubbeleh!

Dec 06, 2012 07:55 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathleen - That is so true and I see it too often, too.  I advise my customers to go with 1 surface whenever possible.

Jennifer - Yes, it really does.

Jane - Thank you so much.

Jeff - Yes, it makes a huge difference.  And, thank you so much.

Ten Peaks - Yes, it really does.


Dec 06, 2012 08:18 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Debbie, your so knowledgeable about flooring, we thank you for educating us to educate our Sellers and Buyers. Great blog post enjoyed the variety in flooring. Best wishes Bob

Dec 06, 2012 08:52 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

In rooms, mirrors help the squeezed, small size. Hey, mirrored floors? Maybe not, with the ladies wearing skirts. Not so good an idea?

Dec 06, 2012 09:30 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, great tips for making a room look larger. Google+'d! Thanks.

Dec 06, 2012 10:00 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

I also agree Debbie. When we remodel our kitchen, I'll make sure to use bigger floor tiles. We have the brazilian cherry floors in our small dining room but have wide planks which helps.

Dec 06, 2012 10:09 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I love the light color wood. .and I learned something new today. . as a listing agent , I need larger rooms!

Dec 06, 2012 10:56 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Debbie, interesting about the wider planks, diagonals too. Guess decluttering works for everything - floors, counters, closets. Thank you for sharing!

Dec 07, 2012 01:05 AM
Cooper Jacobs
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM - Seattle, WA
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle

Fun reading Debbie. We figure that most people know this sort of flooring detail but in fact many don't so it is great to be reminded that some of these tips make a huge difference. It's amazing what kind of impact color choices can have on spaces.

We look forward to your next blog. 

Dec 07, 2012 03:28 AM