The right paint color can accomplish a lot — it can change the mood of everyone in the room, help bring good energy to a space, and even keep your health in good condition. And luckily for small space dwellers, a well-chosen wall hue can also make a room feel much bigger than it is. And yes, you can paint small rooms colors other than white!
To help you narrow down your search for that perfect room-expanding shade, experts have tapped into their network of design pros for advice.
A few shades topped the list as the best all-around colors to make a space feel larger, including three soft neutrals: Swirling Smoke, Cloud White, and Skylight. Surprisingly, a deeper shade — Hale Navy — made the cut as well.
But according to the specialists, a saturated hue can be completely appropriate for small spaces. "The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming”, say the experts.
Virtually expand your square footage with these popular hues. There are some hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. Dining room chandeliers should hang 60 to 66 inches off the floor. Never match the color of your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling to make the ceilings appear higher. But when it comes to making a room — especially a small one — look and feel bigger, there truly is no one right answer. So whether you’re looking for a paint color to live with for a while or one that makes the tiny bedroom look just a smidge bigger, designers, paint companies, and painters came up with these paint colors you should consider for your next project.
Best all-around colors to make a space feel larger. Light colors and neutrals are always a classic option for small spaces, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo bold colors when you want to make a room look bigger. Just take a cue from worldwide famous interior designers and pick softer tones for your accessories and furnishings. The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming.
Cloud White. Paint ceilings white and use lighter colors to make a room appear larger suggest the specialists. Think light grays, blues, and other neutral colors. You can also use an eggshell or satin finish to help reflect light.
Hale Navy. Hale Navy has a spot on bestselling blue shades list — and for good reason. “It is a favorite to make a space feel bright,” says Sean Juneja, co-founder of Decor Aid. “I equate brightness with freshness, and Hale Navy is very fresh and clean.”
Skylight Skylight is also an amazing color; a clean, light gray-blue. On a whole, cool colors are fresher and brighter than warm. Warm colors evoke intimacy and softness. Cool colors make us think of bright days and breezes and a sharpness that you can only capture with blues and greens.
Designer trick: paint walls and trim the same color!
Some designers suggest us to paint the walls and trim to match in tight spaces and in rooms without much natural light: “The more transitions you have in a room, the more the eye stops at those points — for example, at the window, door, or casing trim. This trick also helps with low ceilings. If you have 6 inches of white crown molding at your ceiling and your walls are gray, your eyes stop at the gray, often 6 inches short of the ceiling. By painting the walls and trim the same paint color, your ceilings appear to be taller, since there are no breaks in the trim.
Navy Masterpiece. The matching-walls-and-trim tactic works with deep shades too, but beware that glossy finish. The darker color creates a more cozy and dressy environment. We suggest using a satin or semi-gloss … the higher the gloss, the more unforgiving the paint is, according to the designers.
Geyser and Colonial Aqua. Clean colors like celadon or a sea glass always make a room feel light and bright.
Stonehenge Greige. The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear. Stonehenge Greige is a very popular color that is light enough to enlarge a room but still gives you some of the modern and hip grays that are trendy right now.
Square-footage-boosting accent colors. Contrary to popular belief, light colors do not always make teeny rooms feel spacious, says a famous interior designer. “Instead, embrace the small square footage and go for deep shades that create intimate and cozy cocoon like rooms.
Chelsea Gray and Valspar Indigo Streamer. Feel free to go crazy with saturated colors on cabinetry for an instant update on outdated cupboards. Dark grays like Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and navy colors like Valspar Indigo Streamer quickly bring them into 2016.
Orange Blossom. Orange radiates warmth and generates happiness, whether it’s a tender, romantic hue or vibrant and energetic. Different shades are personal and subjective, but one thing is for certain: using orange is always a bold and uplifting move. This shade is an elegant and sophisticated shade that enables the relaxed energy needed to make a room appear lighter and brighter.
Create the illusion of larger space. The number one factor to consider when choosing a paint color? According to Sharper, it’s how much natural light enters the room. “The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear,” he says. “And the less natural light you have entering the room, the lighter the paint color you should lean toward.” So if you’re really hoping to boost the look of a space’s square footage, opt for brighter shades with a light reflectance value above 50, which bounce back more light than they absorb.
Alabaster. This seems to be the “Color of the Year”; it looks particularly good when there are a lot of windows and the trim around the windows is white.
Hazel is such a peaceful and calming color, according to the designers; it can make a small space appear larger because it naturally brightens up a room with its vibrancy. It’s like being in the middle of an expansive ocean sparkling in a lovely mix of blues and greens.
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