Even small spaces can appear more roomy if you make the right choices when decorating. The paint provides the background for the other furnishings in the room and can make a significant difference in how large the room looks. While you will not gain physical feet in a small space, you can give it the illusion of being larger than it is. The color and how you apply the paint can give a room the appearance of extra height or of having more overall space. Does this Spark an idea?
Choose a paint to match the flooring and the window treatments to create a monochromatic scheme. This gives the appearance of space in a small room. The eye travels easily between elements of the same color. Do not neglect the ceiling when painting. It should be the same color as the walls to achieve the best results from using a monochromatic scheme.
Light shades of colors will make a room seem larger than the same color in a darker shade. The choice of color will make a difference. Opt for cool colors such as blues and greens because even the lighter shades of warm colors like oranges, reds and yellows will make a small room seem smaller. Pale blue or green colors or shades of white, tan or cream will optimize the size appearance of a room.
How you apply the paint can make a room seem larger or smaller. Vertical stripes can make a room look taller. Use wide vertical or horizontal stripes to give the illusion of width, but instead of painting the entire room with the pattern, use it on one accent wall. The accent wall should be behind the focal point of the room such as the bed in a bedroom or the fireplace in the living room.