Floor designer

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen reveals the floor color to avoid in small rooms

Trying to figure out how to make a small room calm and organized rather than cramped and cluttered can quickly lead to decorating fatigue, and it’s all too tempting to throw in the towel. From small living rooms to narrow hallways to downstairs restrooms, the lack of space leads to many design dilemmas.

So we asked Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen for her top tips, and the flamboyant interior designer surprised us with her response. LLB explained why a dark, glossy floor is actually the perfect solution for a small living space.

black parquet in the living room

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s tip for small spaces

“One of the big things is contrast, and when you have a very dark thing against a very light background, it will make that light thing appear taller and further away,” Laurence begins. “A dark, shiny floor in a small room would maximize the amount of daylight you have there.

“A pale, shiny floor will do no such thing,” he asserts. Whether you choose polished concrete flooring or glossy black engineered hardwood or parquet flooring ideas, dark polished floors will enhance the feeling of space.

Along with avoiding pale, dull living room flooring ideas, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen says we need a “tough love” approach when decorating a small room. “You have to be a lot more adventurous with a small play, you have to be a lot more emphatic, you have to take more risks,” he enthuses.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

(Image credit: More More More by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is published by DK, 15th September 2022 £20.00)

If you feel renewed motivation to decorate those tricky spaces in your home but can’t change the floor, you might want to consider having a dark, glossy piece of furniture. Above all, it’s essential to have things on display: “Don’t be intimidated by this idea that if you use pale colors and put nothing in them, you’ll get something that looks bigger.”

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

(Image credit: More More More by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is published by DK, 15th September 2022 £20.00)

“It’s going to be a small empty room, it’s as simple as that.” Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen spoke to us before the publication of her new book, More More More: Making Maximalism Work in Your Home and Lifewhich is available now.

More More More by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is published by DK (opens in a new tab)September 15, 2022 £20.00.