Paint 101: 10 Tips for Making a Room Look Bigger

Posted by Chris Penny on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 7:30am.

Sudbury-events-for-August-2015-kid-with-clapperDesigning a small room can be a tricky task, especially when you want to create the illusion of a much larger space. While the right furniture and accessories will make a room appear more spacious, the colour of the walls will make a huge difference its appearance. Paint is a powerful tool, and with a few tricks, it can help you to visually expand any cozy space. Here are 10 tried and true tips for making a room look bigger with paint.
 

Use a Light Colour Scheme

Light colours will enhance the illusion of a larger space. (Dark colours absorb light, which can make the room feel smaller.) Colour groups that work well in light schemes include:

  • neutrals
  • pastels
  • white/creamy tones
  • cool sea shades

These colour groups are highly reflective, which will make a room appear to be more open. This effect is further enhanced if the room is rich in natural light. 

Don't Overdo the White

It's a pretty common misconception that an all white room will create the illusion of a bigger room. Instead, it creates an unsettling effect on the eye, especially if the furniture is all white as well. Even dark furniture against the white walls will actually make a room look smaller. If you're intent on having white walls, use trims or accents of bold colours to add depth. And if you're really set on all white walls, using varying shades of white (think blueish white walls with a high sheen ivory trim and moulds) to expand the room.

Use Monochromatic Colour Schemes

Like contrasting shades of white, using various shades or textures of the same colour will also make a room look larger. The contrasts add depth to the room. Mouldings and trims painted in lighter shades will make the walls appear to be appear further back. 

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