I received an e-mail a few days ago from a lady remodeling her narrow galley kitchen. She wanted suggestions on to have a wood floor without it looking like a bowling lane.
Personally do not have much background in interior design or decorating, even though my grandpa, on my mom’s side, thought I should study interior designer ever since I painted some stencil sunflowers on our cabin’s kitchen cabinets when I was 13. I didn’t pursue that direction so I decided to ask all my network of professional interior designer friends on LinkedIn.
Here are some pointers I’ll share with you on how to lay your hardwood floor to help create the illusion of more space in your small room.
- Running the wood on a diagonal in the galley kitchen with open up the space
- Most people suggested using wide plank flooring. 5” or wider depending on what would be an appropriate scaled size for the room.
- If you don’t want to the diagonal layout of the floor place the planks across the room. Going from the shortest direction, across the width of the room, will add to the presumed width of space
- It’s recommended to run the floor ‘away’ from the light source
- Do not run the planks parallel to cabinets
- Light colored wood will also help creating more open feeling in the room.
Use these tips when designing your own kitchen and you’ll spend loads of time cooking your own pies!
Hardwood flooring is better for your knees and back than standing on a very hard service like tile for long periods of time. Just ask Grammy Gayle! She spends a lot of time in the kitchen making delicious pies with raspberries from our raspberry patch and she has spent a lot of time on tile kitchen floors and would prefer to have the hardwood floor to stand on.