I'm an interior designer and you should NEVER have carpet in small rooms in your home – what to do instead | The Sun
18th August 2022

THERE are some interior trends that might look great in theory, but the truth is in a small room they're just not going to work.

It turns out, making box rooms look bigger is just as much about what you don't put in there as what you do.

The interior pro Nic Shacklock from Online-Bedrooms  revealed that having carpet in small rooms will instantly make the space look smaller.

Nic said: “It can be hard to know what to do with a small room and decorating it incorrectly can often lead to the room feeling much smaller than it is and can make it feel like a bit of wasted space.

“Opening up a small room is all about tricking the eye and creating the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is."

According to the pros, dark carpets in particular, like popular grey shades, are a big no-no.

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If you must have carpet, try and go for one that's a lighter shade, or even better, go for a different style of flooring altogether to help brighten up the space.

Light wood flooring is always a good choice and will instantly brighten the space.

You can always add a light coloured rug if you can't part ways with your love of carpet altogether.

It's not just your carpet that's making your small rooms like even smaller though, the wrong furniture can make it feel claustrophic.

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Furniture with legs will instantly open up the area.

This is simply because being able to see the floor create the illusion of more space.

Similarly, thick and heavy curtains can make a room feel closed off.

Letting in natural light is vital for small rooms, so opt for light and flowing curtains or ditch them altogether and stick to just blinds.

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