Using Color in Small Rooms

Jul 24, 2012

When it comes to painting small rooms, most interior designers can agree that there are certain shades that will make the room seem instantly smaller. Many times, homeowners are trying to make the best of the little space they have, and want to make even the smallest of rooms appear larger by using paint to trick the eyes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to infuse color into small rooms. Small living room with colorful walls

  • Paint an accent wall. Don’t be afraid of bold colors. Sometimes, according to Libby Langdon, a contributor to HGTV’s Small Space, Big Style, “a darker color on one wall can make it recede, making the space look larger.”
  • Add a touch of black. By adding one black item in the room, it helps to ground the space and clarify the other colors.
  • To make color work in a tiny room, paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you’re eye doesn’t stop at the ceiling line. It creates a more cohesive look to the space.
  • Choose a darker color paint in a high gloss to reflect light and pair with white moldings and white furnishings. Use accents of a lighter color, like yellow or pale blue.
  • Try a monochromatic color scheme. By using colors that are close in tone, your eyes trick you into believing there’s more space than there really is.
  • When in doubt, test out paint colors before committing to a color all over a wall. Paint a few different swatches next to a window, near the trim, and in the lightest and darkest corners to see how the paint color might change in the light.
  • Try using the same color in the next room to elongate the space so that company sees the area as one larger area instead of two smaller areas.

Do you have a tried-and-true way of using paint as a way to help a room appear larger? Share with us in a comment below! And for all of your interior and exterior house painting needs, don’t hesitate to contact Three Brothers Painting for a free estimate!

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