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How to Use Color
to Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

Using colors to make rooms look bigger

One of the most common misconceptions about small spaces and paint is the all-white finish. Even though all-white is always an option, you shouldn’t fear color, regardless of the size of the space. Besides, a carefully selected color pattern is much more exciting and visually appealing.

What’s more, in combination with intelligently placed furnishings, color tricks our spatial perception, and make us think the room is bigger than it actually is. To learn how to use it to make your small space feel bigger, here are a couple of great solutions that might inspire you to bring back some color into your home.

Use Sharp Colors

A simple way to expand a small space is to use clear intense colors. In small space interior design, sharp colors help to highlight the precise lines of every single piece of furniture in the room. Spaced apart from each other, the contrast between the furniture and the paint scheme creates clarity and opens up the space. Choose sharp colors like blazing reds, energetic blues, yellows or greens if you opt for a single tone, or a colorful tartan or bright chintzes for a colorful pattern.

Add an Accent Wall

Painting a single wall in a completely different color is a great way to extend the visual perspective of a room. An accent wall painted over with a deeper, darker color extends the line of sight. With less furniture placed against the wall, it draws our vision towards it, creating an illusion of a larger room. In case you opt for this option in your living room or kitchen, make sure you choose a wall you are likely to view the most – the wall behind TV or fireplace, or behind the main work station in the kitchen.

Go Two Tone

A two-tone color scheme can expand the perception of a room’s size by adding visual contrast. Lining certain sides of the corner, where the ceiling and wall meet, with color can extend our concept of length of that room. Alternatively, by lining the corner with color, where two walls meet, you extend height perception. This subtle contrast can be put to great use when you want to enlarge a space, especially when the contrasting color is combined with similar-colored furniture.

Paint Accent Areas

Spaciousness in a room can easily be achieved by including accent colors into the overall color scheme. Big splashes of color add depth to a room, and an unexpected surprise to the eye. A brightly painted inside of a shelf, an intensely colored radiator, or a hued windowsill all add excitement to the room. In case you choose to paint these accentuating areas yourself, make sure to be precise, since the sharp lines give the room the required depth. Use painter’s tape to determine the lines, and a quality acetone paint cleaner in case you make a mistake.

Unite the Space with Shades of Color

In case you have an open floor plan layout, but still feel the room is small, connect the unique areas with different shades of the same color. A single base color toned differently divides the spaces into individual functional areas, while we continue perceiving it as an endless space. Similarly, this can also be achieved with furniture. A shade of color in one room, extends to the next via lampshades, accent pillows, drapes, or area rugs, and, thus, creating an illusion of a continuous space.

Give Your Walls a Faux Finish

By giving character to small spaces, stylish faux finishes add depth, false appearance of texture and a sense of a much large space. Leaving the ceiling in a different color, or extending the ceilings color to a chair rail, cabinet or bookshelf expands the height of the room. Additionally, the faux wall coverings, like Venetian plaster, artisan or sandstone finishes, create a seemingly textured surface. In doing so, the room seems to attract more light, and makes it feel more spacious and open.

All of these color schemes provide a great way to break away from the common all-white backdrop. Make an assessment of the room you wish to paint, explore and experiment with different solutions, and choose the one that works best for you. Remember, no matter how small your room is, there’s always room for color in your home!

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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