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Painting Tips: Make Rooms Look Larger

Size Up the Room with Paint

Small rooms can present a challenge to decorate, but don’t overlook these paint tricks you can use to make the room feel bigger:

  • Use light colors or bright colors. White or off-white gives the illusion of a bigger space and reflects light within the room, especially if you add contrasting colors of accessories to the room. Bright, clean colors have the same effect – try violet, or yellow.
  • Paint your trim in lighter colors than the wall paint. This adds more depth and dimension to a room, making it feel larger.
  • Try a monochromatic color scheme for the room- light color on the ceiling, bright glossy white on the trim, and a different version of the same colors on the walls.
  • Choose quality paints – cheap paint can look chalkier and duller (result: smaller!).