How carpet expands or contracts a spaceJessie Knadler
June’s new bedroom carpet finally arrived from the Home Depot and I love it!
As you can see, it’s pretty basic — a midtone with no pattern — which is the look I’m after.
As I get older (and collect more junk), I find I crave that airy, minimalist feeling that light colors and clean patterns foster which I know will go to hell once June gets her first Play Doh ice cream maker, but I can dream, can’t I?
My defining word for her bedroom makeover is “expansiveness.” Expansiveness fuels creativity while clashing colors or wild patterns impede. (That’s my thought, anyway, as was the guiding principle behind my own office makeover.)
June’s room is still a big work in progress — I’ll probably be finished with it sometime it in, oh, 2017 — but I think it’s important to take time with decor, to allow the room to tell me what it needs, depending on light, space and other furnishings.
It’s amazing how the light carpet and light walls broaden a space, while the boldly patterned rug and rich orange walls that were there before made the room feel smaller and more cramped.
It’s a big difference, right? It makes me realize how much of an impact flooring (and wall color) has on a space. So much so that as soon as we laid down the new carpet, I was compelled to swap out the small 5×7 rug in the living room with the much larger rug that was in June’s bedroom. I didn’t realize how much the small rug drew the eye in, making the room feel tight, while the larger rug instantly created the illusion of space. And my house — more like a cottage — is small. I kill for more space. Even if it’s just the illusory kind.
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