Do you have a small space in your home that you want to look bigger? You may have heard that white or cream paint colors make small spaces look larger, but believe it or not, that isn’t always the case. For too long, people have been under the misconception that colors make rooms appear smaller, but if you follow a few rules of thumb, you can make your small space feel larger and look far more interesting. Check out these ideas.
Opt for Light Shades
When choosing a color for your small space, remember that it isn’t the color that matters but the shade of the color. You can choose any color you like but bear in mind that if you choose a shade that’s too dark, it might feel overpowering in a small space. So, if green is your color of choice, try going with a pale mint instead of a dark shade like emerald or kelly green.
Select the Right Finish
The paint you choose for your small space should also have the right finish. Flat paint tends to look dull and can make your space appear smaller. High-gloss might seem too overwhelming. Usually, it’s best to go with something in the middle such as eggshell or semi-gloss.
Integrate Accent Walls Carefully
If you really like to play with color, you may be tempted to use multiple colors on the walls of your small room. While there are ways this can work, you need to ensure the colors you choose flow well together — too many colors in a small space can make it seem even smaller.
Play around with several different swatches before making your final decision. You may want to paint a small sample of the colors side by side and live with them for a few days. See how they look next to each in different lighting situations. While some colors may look great together in full daylight, they may wash out or bleed together in a low lighting situation or vice versa.
Don’t Forget the Trim
For the trim of your small room, stay away from dark woods or colors. A dark trim color makes most spaces appear smaller. Instead, consider bright white for the trim. White helps the colors in your room pop, while also making your room appear to be larger. Alternatively, paint the trim the same color as the walls — the continuity creates the illusion of space.
Coordinate Surrounding Rooms
If your small room is surrounded by larger rooms, you can connect the spaces by using either the same paint color or different shades of the same hue to tie the rooms together. This technique allows your eye to flow easily from one room to the next, giving the smaller space a roomier feel. Conversely, if there is too much contrast between the rooms, it may make the small room seem even smaller.
When it comes to color, you can be as creative as you like. The above tricks can help you to create the illusion of more space, but you may want to forgo those ideas and go the opposite direction. You may want to use deep shades and warm colors to turn your small space into a cozy oasis. At the end of the day, it’s your home, and you get to decide what you like the best.
At Cape Cod Painting, we’ve been helping people paint the interior and exterior of their homes since 1985. If you need help and ideas, contact us today. We can provide you with professional, beautiful painting that truly stands the test of time.