There are many ways that you can make a small room look larger than it really is. One of the most effective ways to do this is by painting the walls with the right colors. Residential painting contractor Serpaco Painting shares interior painting ideas that can help make your living space look more spacious.
Light Vs. Dark Colors
Light colors are the go-to option when you need to make a room look larger. Light-colored walls or ceilings look further away than they really are, creating an illusion of space. Choose trim and moulding that have the same or similar colors as the wall and ceiling. Trim with contrasting colors define the borders of the room and breaks the illusion.
Logically, one can assume that dark colors make the walls and ceiling look closer, reducing visual space. In most cases this is true, but applying the same-or-similar trim color actually achieves the same effect. Without visual cues that define the room’s borders, you can achieve the same effect as painting the room with a lighter color. A skilled painting contractor can help you find the light or dark colors that will work with your style.
Irregular Room Shapes
If your home happens to have irregularly shaped rooms, you can use color to “adjust” the walls so they look more regular. Using the previous light-is-far and dark-is-near color theory, paint the short walls a shade or two darker than the longer walls. This draws the short walls closer, creating a more square feel to the room.
Paint adjoining rooms with the same wall color or at least the ones that face the door. As the viewer’s eyes move from room to room, it gives the sense that there is only one big room instead of a series of small rooms. Additionally, you can use the same color to camouflage items such as air conditioning vents if they are visible from the bedroom doorway.
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