Interior designer shares a clever flooring layout trick to make any room look bigger

Dare to go diagonal? Your room will thank you for it

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When looking for ways to improve the size of a room, we wouldn't normally look to the floor- but according to an interior designer, we should be. 

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'Choosing the right type of flooring in terms of the pattern it creates can go a long way to making a space appear larger. I like to use wood on a diagonal- the room will seem bigger than it is,' shared Irene Gunter, interior designer and founder of Gunter&Co Interiors.

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She continued, emphasizing the power of tiles in improving the appearance and size in a room:

'When it comes to tiling, I always prefer tiles where you don't obviously see where one starts or stops, making the floor appear seamless. Mosaics, large marble slabs, or quirky geometric shapes can all be used to achieve this- especially when using bright colors like a powder blue.'

'Whatever you do, try to avoid standard 60x60cm tiles as they usually divide the room into squares, accentuating that not too many of them fit,' Irene added. 

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If you've already found yourself thinking about flooring this week, it may be because it was also discussed by renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen on ITV's This Morning.

In response to a caller on This Morning, Kelly emphasized the flooring's ability to make a room feel instantly larger. She began by urging the caller to 'use a beautiful wood' in her hallway before telling her to lay the wood lengthwise to make the room feel bigger.

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'It is going to make it look a lot longer and wider if you put the planks lengthwise,' she shared.

In a conversation with another caller, Kelly further highlighted her layout tip, suggesting this versatile hack will work in all rooms of your house, and is especially important as a kitchen flooring idea.

.'Have them going the same way as your kitchen is running,' Kelly instructed before reminding the viewers that the layout is 'really important.' 

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Megan Slack

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, well-being stories, and celebrity-focused pieces.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.