There is a saying in the art world, “less is more”. A splash of red on a field of black and white or a slight bend minimalist sculpture can add just the right amount of interest in a piece to make it complete. The same is true in design. Sometimes a simple approach to a space can achieve the same thing. A great period piece in a contemporary setting, a tile floor laid on a 30 degree bias, or reducing the number of flooring materials can make the space something special.
Over the past 25 years of owning 5 homes I have easily looked at over 150 different homes before buying. The one thing that always hits me first when I walk into a house is how many different flooring materials some DIYer’s will use when renovating a home. It is like each room is supposed to have it’s own floor color. If there is one thing that can make a living spaces, especially open areas, look more unified, sophisticated, and open, it is the use of 2 or less flooring materials like wood and carpet or wood and tile. When I say flooring material I mean that you use the same color and design throughout the entire living space.