Painting Tips to Make a Room Appear Larger
Darker bolder colors may be in vogue, but they are not always the best choices, especially for smaller rooms. Dark colors make a room appear smaller than ever, but this is not the only consideration when painting a smaller room. Besides choosing lighter colors you can try a few simple tips and painting tricks. For the price of paint and the cost of your time, you can make any room appear larger than ever.
White Paint Not Required
Many people think they have to paint a room white to make it look larger, but light colors can accomplish the same goal. To make a small room appear larger, choose crisp clean colors that are very light. A light base with a hint of color is ideal for a small room, and many options should be considered before making a final decision.
It is difficult to judge how colors on a small swatch will appear on walls. What looks great on a one-inch square might look overwhelming on walls, especially in a small room. If possible, purchase a sample container, and apply the sample in an inconspicuous area. This will allow you to judge whether or not the color goes well with flooring and furnishings.
Painting Tips to Add Height to the Room
Small rooms with lower ceilings look exceptionally small, and they feel even smaller. To add height to a small room, consider painting the ceiling white. A white ceiling looks fantastic next to clean crisp colors that make the walls lighter and brighter. The eyes are naturally drawn up toward the ceiling, and as a result it looks and feels higher.
Expanding the Walls with Paint
To make the entire space look larger, paint the ceiling just a shade lighter than the walls. Going progressively lighter from the floors to the ceiling makes the area seem more expansive. It is amazing how colors, or a lack of color, can completely change the entire appearance of a room, and this optical illusion works well to make a small room look larger than it really is.
An Easy Solution for Dark Painted Walls
If you have made the mistake of painting the walls a darker or brighter color than you wanted, it is possible to correct the problem without completely repainting. Sponge painting over a bold color greatly tones it down, and it creates appeal and interest in the room. Sponge or rag painted walls are especially impressive, and it is well worth your time to give it a try.
Choose a lighter color that coordinates well with the base color, and using a rag or a sponge, dab the lighter color over the darker base. If necessary, practice on a sheet of cardboard or a paper bag before sponge or rag painting on the walls to see the resulting pattern. More than likely you will love the way the walls look, and what started out as a mistake will turn into an impressive room you will be proud to show off.
Keep in mind that darker or bolder colors can be used in small rooms, but not on the walls. Choose deeper colors for flooring and accessories. Darker throw pillows, knickknacks, vases, and other room accessories will add more color to the room without making it feel like it is closing in.