There are all kinds of tricks that will change the way a room appears, but the best way to make a small room look big is to use strategic wall painting. Generally speaking, dark colors absorb light and make a room feel smaller than it is. Conversely, light colors tend to reflect light and open up a space. However, it doesn’t end there. The way you coordinate the trim, ceilings, and accents will also enhance (or diminish) the size of your room.
Use Light Colors to Open a Space
The first step is to select a light or neutral paint color. Soft tones of off-white, lemon yellow, blue, and green mimic the outdoors and do a marvelous job of reflecting light to make a room feel open and airy. Use cooler colors, such as sky blue or seafoam green, to create a calming atmosphere and brighten your space at the same time.
White is always an ideal color and will make your room appear larger than any other. If you want a variation, you can paint three walls white and have one accent wall in contrast. The accent wall will not shrink the space, and you can be really creative with the color you choose. If you like bold colors, paint the accent wall turquoise, red, coral, or deep green. It will make the room appear to have greater depth.
Use Paint Color to Change the Shape
You can even choose two colors and paint vertical stripes on the wall, as this will make a narrow room appear wider. By changing how your eyes perceive the room, you can create an illusion that it is wider. If you want the room to feel taller, paint horizontal stripes. If you have two small rooms that are connected, paint them the same color. Your eye will continue when there is no break in color, and the two rooms will each appear bigger.
Painting the Trim and Accents
Another great trick to make a room look bigger is to paint the trim the same color as the walls. When you have trim that contrasts the wall color, your eye naturally stops at the transitions. The more transitions you have, the smaller the room will appear. This applies to all trim including door moldings, window trim, panels, and crown molding.
Another way to make the room appear larger is by painting the trim and ceiling a lighter color than the walls. Lighter, brighter colors recede, while darker colors advance. If your trim and ceiling are lighter than the walls, they will appear further away, which increases the perceived depth of the room.
The more continuously that your eye moves through a room, the more spacious it will appear.
There are so many ways to use color to make a room bigger, and you just need to determine which is best for your room. Whether you are looking for more height, more depth, or just overall increases perceived size, one of the solutions should work for you. Stick with lighter, softer colors, and make sure your trim is either the same or a lighter color. With so many color choices out there, you will find the perfect one for your room.