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How to select flooring for a small space

Posted on the 11/07/2019 by Karndean Designflooring

Small spaces can be tough to decorate and one simple item out of place can make them look untidy and chaotic. You might not have too much space to play with, but it’s not all about playing it safe when it comes to decorating your smaller rooms. Keep them looking great by mastering the art of illusion, with a few simple tricks and tips to help you transform it into a space to be proud of.


Image above features Washed Scandi Pine

Selecting the right colour scheme for your room is essential. Focus on brightening your space so that light can shine in all the right places, highlighting your interior style and transforming the look and feel of the smaller space.

If you want to really make the most of the area, opt for a pale colour scheme to lift the overall look and bring light into your home. A simple, effective way to brighten up the place is with a light-toned floor. Popular colourways include; beige, white and grey, all of which are neutral colours that can be enhanced and customised. Stuck for inspiration? Take a look at three of our current favourites...

Washed Scandi Pine

If you’re looking for a fresh, neutral canvas, this one’s for you. The subtle blend of white tones in our [Washed Scandi Pine] combine natural grain details and textures to create a soft and elegant look. These planks have a striking, crisp finish to make your space feel beautifully bright and airy. Perfect for accessorising with simple, scandi-style accessories and fresh white textiles.


If you’re looking for a warmer, slightly darker shade in a realistic wood design, consider Birch from our Van Gogh range. This style brings all the beauty of a natural look, without overpowering your small space.

Unlike a real timber, Karndean flooring requires only very simple maintenance, enabling you to create an authentic real wood style with none of the practical drawbacks.


Finally, Grano from our Opus wood collection gives you a contemporary, clean grey-washed timber look, providing a modern and versatile backdrop to any room design. Bang on trend for 2019, our Grano planks will help your small space become a modern escape, adding depth and character to your home.

Create an Illusion

Image above features Grey Limed Oak

Did you know that there are many tips and tricks designers use to create the appearance of a bigger space?

For example, laying your floor in a straight, traditional style will elongate the space, and laying your floor at an angle, or in a herringbone or in a chevron pattern will help the space appear wider. Experiment with laying patterns before you make your choice to get a feel of how it can affect the room. You can even add design strips and specialised borders to give your floor extra stand-out appeal.

Plank size

Part of creating an illusion is determining your plank size. Do you prefer the look of extra large planks laid straight? Or small planks laid in a parquet design? Both of these styles will work when it comes to maximising your space and will look beautiful combined with a light-toned floor. Make this decision based on preference: which one will suit the rest of your decor?

From our extra-long Karndean LooseLay planks to our traditional feel Art Select range, there are plenty of great flooring options available to suit your small space. With the added bonus of being simple to care for as well as coming with a lifetime guarantee, a Karndean floor is the ideal solution to take your space from simply small to spectacular.

To gain inspiration on how you can transform your space using Karndean flooring, make sure you’re following us on social media: @Karndean_UK on Instagram and @Karndeanuk on Facebook.