Understanding Scale and Pattern
The flooring materials you select play a significant role in the perception of the scale. For example small, subtle patterns, such as 4-inch-square tiles in a pale cream shade, make a room appear more spacious than large, bold patterns, such as a 16-inch-square black-and-white checkerboard tile.
Strip flooring laid parallel to the longest wall moves the eye forward, while parquet squares and perpendicular planks retain the focus within the space. Irregular shapes in an otherwise symmetrical flooring installation have a tendency to stop the eye and draw attention to themselves. A border installed around wall-to-wall carpet, on the other hand, creates a sense of motion and space.
Using the same flooring throughout your home achieves a more spacious appearance because the eye perceives each space as connected and more expansive. If it is impractical to use the same flooring throughout, you can achieve a similar effect by choosing materials in the same color.
Similarly shiny surfaces reflect more light and lend a more spacious feel than honed surfaces, which absorb more light.Making pattern work
Because pattern is a powerful design tool, it can be intimidating. Use these simple guidelines for choosing and mixing patterns to remove the guesswork:
- Pattern has weight. To keep a room in balance, distribute pattern evenly around a room. The exception? You can place all the pattern in one part of the room to draw attention to the area, such as a seating area, as long as that cluster of pattern is balanced by weighty furnishings or architectural features across the room.
- Pattern provides harmony. For a pleasing appearance select patterns within the same color family. The patterns don't all have to be the same color, but there should be a thread of continuity.
- Keep scale in mind. Small prints work well in small spaces. Large patterns complement the scale of a large room.
- Choosing the Right Flooring: Information & Picture Gallery
- Preparing a Room & Floor for New Flooring
- Installing Ceramic & Stone Tile: How To Install Tile
- Installing Wood Flooring: How To Install a Wood Floor
- Installing Laminate Flooring: How To Install a Laminate Floor
- Installing Resilient Floors: How To Install a Resilient Floor
- Installing Carpeting: How To Install Carpet
- Installing & Staining Cement Overlays: How to Install Cement Floors
- Installing & Finishing Baseboards: How To Install Baseboard
- Paint & Epoxy: How to Apply a Paint or Epoxy Floor Coating
- Floor Repair: How to Repair & Maintain Floors