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Which Types of Flooring Make A Room Look Bigger?

April 09, 2024
living room with gray wood grain flooring
Ever looked at a room and wished it felt just a touch more spacious? You're not alone. Making the most of square footage is a common challenge, especially in homes with compact living areas. Believe it or not, the type of flooring you choose can significantly impact the perceived size of a room. 

This article from Express Flooring dives into the world of space-maximizing flooring solutions. We'll explore how strategic choices in color, size, pattern, and even installation methods can create the illusion of a larger, brighter room.

Light Reflects, Space Expands

Light plays a crucial role in making a room feel open and airy. Light-colored flooring reflects more light, creating a sense of spaciousness.  Imagine a room bathed in sunlight; light-colored floors enhance this effect, making the space feel larger and more inviting.

Flooring Options for a Bright and Spacious Look:

  • Light-colored Hardwood: Express Flooring offers a beautiful selection of light-colored hardwood flooring options, like our walnut or white oak collections. These natural tones brighten up the space and create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Light Beige Carpet: Plush carpeting in a light beige color, like our Bamboo Native Tones by Mohawk, offers a comfortable and visually expansive feel. 
  • Light-toned Tile: Light-colored tiles, like our ceramic or porcelain tiles in shades of cream or light gray, reflect light beautifully and contribute to an airy feel. 
Pro Tip: When using tiles, consider using light-colored grout to further enhance the illusion of a larger space.

Size Matters: Minimizing Breaks, Maximizing Space

The number of breaks and transitions on your floor can also affect how spacious a room feels. Fewer grout lines and wider floorboards create a more continuous visual flow, making the room feel larger.

Flooring Options to Create a Seamless Look:

  • Wide-plank Wood Flooring: Opt for wider planks, typically 7 inches or more in width. Express Flooring offers a stunning selection of wide-plank hardwood flooring, like our engineered hardwood collections, that will add a touch of luxury and spaciousness to any room.
  • Large Format Tiles: Large format tiles, typically 15 inches or more on a side, minimize grout lines and create a sleek, expansive feel. Explore our vast collection of large-format tiles to find the perfect match for your space.
  • Seamless Flooring Options: Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring offers a seamless look with minimal grout lines. Express Flooring's LVP collection boasts realistic wood-look patterns in various widths, providing a beautiful and spacious solution.

Playing with Lines: The Power of Direction

Have you ever noticed how walking down a long hallway makes it seem even longer? This is because our eyes naturally follow lines. Strategic floor placement can leverage this principle to create the illusion of a larger space.

Diagonal Magic:

Diagonal floor patterns create a dynamic visual effect. The eye follows the diagonal lines, which can make a room feel wider or longer depending on the installation. 

Recommendation: Consider diagonal installation for any type of flooring, particularly wood planks or rectangular tiles. Express Flooring's experienced staff can advise you on the best installation patterns to maximize the feeling of spaciousness in your specific room.

Considering Dark Floors: Contrast and Balance

There's a common misconception that dark floors automatically make a room feel smaller. While extensive use of dark colors on both floors and walls can be overwhelming, strategic use of dark flooring can create a surprisingly spacious effect.

Dark Floors Done Right:

Dark floors can act as a contrasting backdrop for light-colored walls and furniture. This creates a sense of vertical space, drawing the eye upwards and making the ceiling appear higher. 

Recommendation: When considering dark floors, remember to balance them with lighter elements. Express Flooring offers a variety of dark-colored flooring options, like our St. Petersburg by Shaw hardwood floors, that can add depth and drama when paired with a light and airy color scheme.


Creating the illusion of a larger space is all about understanding how visual elements work together. Here's a quick recap of the key takeaways:
  • Light Reflects, Space Expands: Opt for light-colored flooring options like light hardwood, beige carpet, or light-toned tiles.
  • Size Matters: Minimize breaks by choosing wider floorboards (7+ inches) or large format tiles (15+ inches). Consider seamless flooring options like LVP.
  • Playing with Lines: Diagonal floor patterns can trick the eye into perceiving a room as larger.
  • Considering Dark Floors: Dark floors can work well when paired with light-colored walls and furniture, creating a sense of contrast and emphasizing vertical space.

Taking the Next Step:

Remember, these are just general guidelines. The best solution for your space will depend on various factors, including the size and layout of the room, the amount of natural light, and your personal design preferences.
  • Sample Flooring Options: Express Flooring offers samples of all our flooring options, allowing you to visualize how they will look in your space before making a final decision.
  • Consider Furniture Arrangement: Furniture placement can also play a significant role in maximizing perceived space. Avoid blocking natural light and opt for furniture that promotes a sense of openness.
  • Mirrors and Lighting: Strategically placed mirrors and proper lighting can further enhance the feeling of spaciousness.

Express Flooring Can Help

Express Flooring's knowledgeable staff is here to assist you in selecting the perfect flooring solution to maximize the feeling of spaciousness in your home. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation. Our team can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and help you find flooring that complements your style and budget.

By implementing these tips and consulting with the flooring experts at Express Flooring, you can create a beautiful and inviting room that feels larger and more comfortable.

We look forward to helping you create a beautiful and inviting space that feels larger than life!