Posted by House & Condo Painters
Small can be cozy, but sometimes, having more room—be it real or perceived—is essential. Whether you live in an apartment or condo, or a small house or bungalow, you don’t have to feel like you’re enclosed in a smaller space. You can make any room in your home look bigger by creating the illusion of a larger space using color. You just need the right paint and color scheme. Keep reading to find out how.
Paint colors are probably the most important factor in giving small spaces a larger appearance, so use it to your advantage. But how do you know which colors will bring you the results you want? Decorators know how color can change a room. Paint colors can make us feel calm or energized, happy or sad, edgy or relaxed. They can affect the mood of a room as well, making it seem open and airy or small and cozy.
Warm colors, like red, orange and yellow advance (come forward) so walls feel closer and rooms feel smaller. Darker colors also have this effect. A better choice is to use cool colors, like pastels, whites and neutrals, lighter blues and greens. These paint colors give the impression of receding or moving away, making rooms seem larger and more open. However, if you have your heart set on a yellow (warm colored) room, select a washed-out, lighter tint. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space seem more open, which helps maximize the effect created by natural light.
If you want to use several colors in your room, it will appear larger if you choose hues of the same saturation (intensity), no matter if they’re pale or bright. To determine similar intensity, look for paint colors similarly positioned on their individual color swatch strips. This creates the illusion of space because similar levels of saturation seem to flatten out, with no distracting focal points to spoil the effect.
Another effective space-creating choice is a monochromatic color scheme, which uses different tints and shades of one color family, like light, medium and dark blue. To heighten the effect, paint trim and doors to match the walls, and add matching tone-on-tone fabrics and textures to your furnishings.
Small, square rooms look larger if you paint two opposite walls the same color, especially one that’s deep and dark. This is because the intensity of color will create depth in the room and visually open up its dimensions.
Don’t Forget the Floors
Remember that your floors also play a role in the perceived size of your rooms. Keep floors or floor coverings light in color to add to the illusion of more space. Lightly colored wood or light, neutral carpet colors make a room appear brighter and more open. Remove any over-sized rugs. They can make a room look smaller than it actually is.
Great work! Your small space has just been magnified. Enjoy!