What is the best direction to install my floor?

The direction of your flooring boards has a huge impact on a room’s overall appearance and can be a tough nut to crack.

As a general rule, make sure to lay your floor in the same direction as the main light source in a room and in the same line as the most frequently used entrance. If there are several doors and windows, then opt for the direction that’s the easiest to install. Want to add some useful ‘optical effects’ to your room? Then follow these three practical tips.

1. Horizontal = wide

Installing your floor in a narrow room? Why not lay the flooring boards horizontally! Boards laid width-wise will make the surface appear wider, avoiding a boxed-in effect at all times. To enhance this even further, make sure not to use dark colours for neither your floor or your walls, as these will make a narrow room look even narrower.

2. Vertical = long

If you’re laying your floor in a short room, you’ll want to add a sense of depth. Make the room look longer by installing your floor vertically. Want to increase the effect of lengthwise installation? Make sure to combine a light-coloured floor with darker walls: this will add even more depth to your room.

3. Diagonal = big

To really spruce up a very small room with minimal extra effort or materials costs, you can opt for diagonal flooring. Most commonly at a 45-degree angle, this will make your room a feast for the eyes. At as little as 10 degrees, diagonal flooring also helps tie a wall visually to one in another room, creating a unifying effect: talk about opening up a room!

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