Pick a Pattern: Smart Angle

Laying flooring on the diagonal can visually expand a small or narrow room, such as a galley kitchen. It's also a good solution for older homes that aren't square, where a parallel-to-the-wall installation might make that flaw more noticeable. And it doesn't take any more flooring than a typical install.

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