When you move to a new city or even into your dream home, you may find at least one of the rooms in your home a bit smaller than you’d prefer. While a renovation loan might allow you remodel and enlarge a room, you may choose to go a different route. Sometimes, with a strategic use of paint, you can help a room seem a little bigger than it actually is. Here a few painting tips to expand your room.
Keep It Cool.
Certain cooler tones recede to the eye, making walls seem a bit further away. Because they tend to be less prominent, greens, violets and blues work great for this purpose. Bright reds and vibrant yellows have the opposite effect and can overpower a room.
Trim It Up.
Darker trim can make a room seem to have strong boundaries and edges. Painting the trim of a room a color that is a shade or two lighter than the walls can soften the edges of a room and help it feel more open and spacious.
Keep It Simple.
Incorporating too many colors in a smaller space can confuse the eye and make it feel more cluttered. A more monochromatic color palate can help a room appear cleaner and larger.
In and Out.
Internal doors to rooms painted in the same light color pallet as the walls help the space seem a bit bigger. Darker internal doors, like dark trim, can make hard edges and endings to a room and cut off the space.
Traditionally, people can be afraid to use a dark color in a room; they hear a dark color can make a room seem smaller. In truth, walls painted a deep navy, a dark gray or a rich brown can give a room depth and add richness to a space.
Not everyone considers the ceiling when painting but it can create a strong difference. Painting the ceiling a lighter color than the walls can give the illusion of a higher ceiling. To increase the effect, use the ceiling color as a trim and incorporate it a few inches down the wall. Another low-ceiling solution would be to paint the walls with vertical stripes, alternating with a flat-base color and a color with a satin finish.
Look at Yourself.
While not paint, hanging mirrors on these walls you’ve painted with the tips above can help also give an illusion of the room expanding. Especially good for rooms without windows, it helps echo the space and makes it seem to expand.
Hopefully you can use these helpful painting tips to make that small space seem a bit bigger and make you feel more at home!