An easy and affordable way to update your space is to change the colour of your walls with a fresh coat of paint. But, did you know you can also use paint to make a room look bigger? It’s definitely a lot easier than it sounds, and the roomy results will make you fall in love with your space all over again.
When trying to make a room appear larger by painting it, there are some things you need to keep in mind including the paint colour, the shine level of the paint and how the different colours you choose for your space tie together. Lighter colours will brighten up your space and make walls appear wider, reflective surfaces will reflect light and disperse it throughout the room to make it feel more spacious, and certain colour combinations can work together to help open up a room. Here are six easy painting tips to help enhance the size of your space:
1. Choose Bright Colours
It is a known fact that light colours will help make your room look larger, but bright colours will also do this. Pick a clean looking colour rather than one that appears muddy. Try Benjamin Moore Fog Mist (OC-31) for a light colour or Spring Violet (2117-50) for a bright colour.
2. White Mouldings Add Depth
Paint your trim and mouldings in whites or off-whites. This will help to add depth to your space by making your walls appear further away. For a modern look, try painting them in high gloss white, this will also help to reflect more light.
3. Choose a Monochromatic Colour Scheme
Paint your trim, walls and ceiling in different shades of the same colour to help blend these elements together; the uniform colour will make your space appear larger.
4. Choose Cool Colours that Reflect Light to Make a Room Feel Bigger
Try a light cream and icy blue colour scheme. The cool blue will help reflect light to make it appear larger while adding warmth to the room at the same time. Try Benjamin Moore Cloud White (OC-130) and Seafoam (2056-60).
5. Use Quality Paint
The actual paint product you choose is important as well. Low quality paint tends to have a chalkier look and feel to it and this chalkiness will make your room look smaller. Pick a paint that has some shine to it. Don’t paint everything high gloss, just make sure the paint you choose has a little bit of shine in it — enough to reflect some light.
Try eggshell or satin on the walls and semi or high gloss on the trim and mouldings. Avoid colours such as red, dark blue, dark purple and anything that has a hint of grey or brown; even though these colours will make a room feel cozier, they won’t reflect light or make the space feel bigger.
Anita Wiklém is the Creative Director of Wiklém Design and is also an international award-winning designer with over 20 years of experience in the design industry. Anita has earned an accomplished reputation for her ability to breathe new life into stale spaces, and her innovative design vision takes interiors to new heights.