Paint Colours that Make Rooms Look Bigger

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Small houses and smaller rooms are becoming very common, but you can still decorate them to make it appear large and luxurious, simply by using paint colours that make rooms look bigger. Here's an idea on the kind of colours you can use and methods of enhancing the effect of these colours.

Not everyone has the luxury of space, but you can create the illusion of space. Several factors in combination with the use of some good paint colours are what will make any room appear larger than it already is. Here are a few tips. 

Choosing the Right Paint Colours for Small Rooms
White is the best shade to make a room look bigger. Nothing creates a better illusion of space as does the colour white. However, not everyone may be comfortable with the use of this colour because too much white can actually make a space look dull. You can play with a few colours that look bright and add colour without darkening your room. These colours include:



Sea Green
Lavender Pale


How to use Paint Colours for Small Rooms
There is a specific technique that should be followed when using paint colours that make rooms look bigger. Some tips include:

  • Only use one colour on the walls when you are trying to make your room look bigger. Don't try to combine too many colours as the room starts looking cramped.
  • If you think white is your best bet but still want to add a dash of colour, paint just one wall in any other light colour that you like.
  • Use furniture and accessories that complement the colour on the walls so that the room looks larger. Using heavy contrasts will make your efforts at enhancing the visual space of your room futile.
  • If the room is narrow, paint horizontal stripes on it to make it look wider. Similarly, if the room has a low ceiling, you may paint vertical stripes on the walls to make it appear taller.
  • Another great way to deal with low ceilings or to even create the illusion of space is to have the wall paint colour extend to the ceiling. This method unifies to room to make it look larger than it actually is.
  • Try to match the wall colours to the colour of the flooring. This is again in keeping with the thought that the room should look unified by the use of colours, and therefore appear bigger.
  • Make sure that the room you are trying to enhance visually has enough lighting. While natural lighting works wonders to make any small room appear larger, it may not always be available. In such a case, light colours enhance the little natural light that comes in to make rooms look larger. Also, using appropriate artificial lighting in key spaces (such as corners of rooms) is a good idea to create the illusion of space.
  • Finally, use mirrors that reflect the light colours in your room so that it looks larger. A nice and long horizontal mirror on a wall can easily add as a decorative element as well as make the room look much bigger.

Happy decorating from Bedshed.