Good Color Choice
If you are replacing existing hardwood floor, you will need to consider a color that contrasts or complements your existing window coverings, color schemes, and furnishings.
If your home has light colored walls, you can complement it with dark wood flooring. This will make the room seem large. Another way to make a good approach is to use low contrast color schemes between the floor and the walls, which allows the eye to slide more naturally over the objects and surfaces, tricking the brain into thinking the room is also larger than its actual size.
Planks vs. Strips: The question of width
The hardwood width you choose can dramatically change the look and feel of the room. Planks are simply boards that are greater than 3” and strips are less than 3” wide. Wide planks can make a room look bigger, but they can also be quite overwhelming a small room – mostly if you use dark of a color and don’t complement with light colored walls.
When using wide planks in a small room, make sure to lay them parallel to the longest wall to help make the room look wider. For larger spaces, wider widths can make a room look a bit more intimate. So, it all depends on the kind of floor you are planning to construct.
Best Floor Design
Flooring squares and rectangles offer an excellent solution that will help you add geometric designs to a more formal space. Then, there is the use of diagonal lines to create the illusion that the room wider than it is while creating more visual interest for the eye at the same time.
Keep in mind that it is important to use the same kind of hardwood material throughout the house if you want to make it look larger.