A lot goes into the decision of what type of flooring to put into a room. One thing that you may not have considered is the room’s size. Depending on whether the space is large or small, one type of flooring might fit your needs better than another. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Larger rooms, such as living areas and bedrooms, are likely to contain large pieces of furniture. If you put carpet into a room like this, it can be difficult to keep it clean, because let’s face it– you’re not going to move the bed every time you vacuum. Hardwood or laminate flooring can be easier to keep clean in a room like this because you can use a broom or mop to reach into tight spaces. However, carpet might still work for certain large areas. If your room does not contain a lot of furniture or decorative items, hard flooring is more likely to create an echo. Carpeting a bare room will cut down on noise levels. This can be very beneficial depending on the type of room– for example, carpet is a popular choice for children’s play areas.
For smaller rooms, upkeep and maintenance are less of a concern. You have a bit more freedom to consider flooring options that might be impractical in a larger space. Whether you choose carpet, hardwood, laminate, or tile, keep in mind that the color of your flooring can affect how large or small the room appears. Look for lighter colors– a beige carpet or a light-colored wood will open up your space and make the whole room look larger than life. Likewise, dark carpets or cherry woods can shrink the space, causing it to appear crowded. While this isn’t as much of an issue for larger areas, space is a premium for small rooms and you should maximize it in any way you can.
Regardless of whether your room is large or small, it’s a good idea to ensure that your home’s flooring complements the rest of the house. Selecting similar colors and shades for all of your flooring will help the eye to flow from room to room and make the house feel connected. It may be a good idea to choose one type of flooring for small areas (like tile for bathrooms and the kitchen) and a complementary tone of a different type for larger areas (like hardwoods for the rest of the home).