How to make a small room look bigger using paint

Just because your room is small, this does not mean that it should feel crowded and closed in. By choosing paint colour and the placement of colour carefully, you can visually make your room appear much bigger, which will make it more liveable for you. The following tips will help you in creating a bigger room by just painting the small room you already have.

Choose your paint colours carefully. Certain colours are known to make your room look bigger. For example, cream colours and icy blues are bright and reflective and create an illusion that makes your room look bigger and brighter. Stay away from dark colours that absorb light and make the room seem smaller. Always choose lighter versions of your favourite colours, keeping in mind that bright rooms and soft tones make a room much bigger.

Consider painting your walls the same colour as your furnishings, if your furnishing are light colours. This will give the effect of the large furniture items virtually disappearing into the walls and will create an open feeling in the room

Paint the mouldings of your room a lighter colour than the walls. If you have dark wood moulding in your room, you will want to paint it white or a lighter colour than your wall colour. When mouldings are painted in light colours, the walls appear to recede, making the room appear much larger.

Paint a horizontal stripe around the room. Sometimes painting a bold detail on the walls will make the room seem bigger. A horizontal stripe, for instance, whether on one wall or all four, will cause the eye to see the room as wider than it actually is.

Extend your wall colour onto the ceiling. If your room also has low ceilings, you can make the walls appear taller by extending wall paint onto the ceiling. Do not, however, paint the entire ceiling because that will make the room seem even shorter. Instead, paint one foot around the edge of the ceiling the same colour as the wall, creating a border. Also, paint any border the same colour. This will instantly make the walls appear taller.

Things You'll Need

  • Light-coloured paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
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Andrea Hermitt is an artist and writer who loves to research and write about new things. She's been a content writer since 2000, contributing to, the blog Notes From A Homeschooling Mom and other online publications. Hermitt has a Bachelor of Arts in fine art and English from the State University of New York at Albany.