Flooring and Interior DecorationAnthony Cowie
No matter what type of floor you are installing, choose your colours, patterns, and textures carefully, since it is likely you will be living with your selection for many years. Flooring is one of the most visible and important of all interior design elements.
Flooring can serve as a bold, eye-catching design statement, or it can be an understated background, but whatever approach you take, always consider the design of adjoining rooms when choosing a flooring. Because floors flow from one room to the next, floor coverings offer a convenient medium for creating continuity throughout your home. This does not mean you should use the exact same floor covering everywhere; simply repeating a colour, pattern, or texture is often enough.
Floor colour influences the visual impact of a room. Bold, bright colours draw attention, while muted colours create a neutral background that does not compete for attention. Colours also affect the perceived size of a room: dark colours are formal in tone, but can make a room look smaller; light colours are more contemporary, and can make the space seem larger
Texture of flooring materials contributes to the style of a room. More rugged surfaces, such as slate or berber carpet, give a room a warm, earthy tone. Smooth and glossy surfaces, such as polished marble tile or hardwood flooring, impart an airy sense of elegance.