Open Floor Plan - © Iriana ShiyanA house is a home, no matter what the square footage. There are, however, ways to make your home feel larger without physically expanding it. At Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, we understand how important it is to not only make your home feel cozy, but to also make the space around you feel less cramped. These tips and tricks will help make an enormous difference!

Pick the right colors

Colors can make a huge difference. Lighter colors will not only brighten the room, but will instantaneously make the room feel more spacious. Picking out new flooring will help as well. Contact FCI to talk to a flooring expert about installing a new light species of hardwood such as ash or maple. Or, go for some light cream, beige, or white plush carpeting. Painting the walls with a fresh coat of paint can make a room feel twice as big. If you have navy furniture with gray accents, for example, think about giving your walls a fresh coat of light yellow paint. It will reflect the sunlight and brighten the room.

Natural light

Speaking of sunlight, natural light can transform an area of your home from dark and gloomy to bright and cheery. Installing more windows is always a great way to bring in more sunlight; you could even consider adding a skylight! If you’re looking for a low-budget way to bring in light, be sure your current windows are being used to their full potential. Change out any heavy, darker colored curtains for sheer white ones and let the light in. Effective window décor can transform a room and make it feel much larger than it actually is.

Furniture items

The way you arrange your furniture can virtually make a room grow in size. The square footage may not change, but your perception will. When arranging your furniture, be sure there is a clear path through the room and also ensure that every square foot is being used efficiently. Make sure the couch and any bookshelves are flush up against the wall so as to not waste any space. Also, consider getting rid of any non-essential furniture pieces.  You’d be amazed what getting rid of an end table here and there can do for a room!

At Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, we want to help you improve your home. Our experts can help you pick out flooring to open up any room. We offer a huge selection of tile, carpeting, natural stone, and hardwood flooring. We can make even the smallest spaces feel larger. Call today to schedule a free in-home consultation!

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