With the right color of paint you can achieve a lot – it can bring good energy into a space, flatter people and even protect you against diseases. And, fortunately for the little ones, a well-chosen tone can make a room feel a lot bigger than it actually is (yes, you can paint small spaces in a different color than white).
Four tones indicate the list as the best general colors to make a room feel bigger, including three soft neutrals: smoke gray, matt blue and off white. Surprisingly, there is also a matte navy blue in the top four.
It is important to choose light colors in the first place. Why? Because those colors reflect the light. This gives you a sense of space immediately. All color shades of white are suitable for this. But that is not everything!
Cold colors, such as blue or green, are also good for this. Like pastel colors in general. In short: colors are useful tools to change the impression of dimensions of a room. Walls painted in warm colors (shades of yellow) seem to be closer, while walls painted in cold colors (shades of blue) give the impression that they are further away. Light colors seem to make a room bigger, while dark colors have the opposite effect.
Five tips to enlarge a room
Do not use matte paint. This tends to make a room appear smaller, since it does not reflect the light. Shiny paint or varnishes do the opposite and are therefore preferred.
Consider the natural lighting of the room. Walls that are not exposed to daylight always seem darker. We therefore advise you to paint them in a lighter color than the walls that are exposed to daylight.
Strive for continuity. A single color on the walls offers a wider view of the room and prevents the can from ‘colliding’ with intangible separations due to color differences.
‘Raise’ the ceiling. You can create the impression of a higher ceiling if you put it in a lighter color than your walls. A very light ceiling seems to make the room higher. You can also use that effect by choosing a clearer and lighter color for the ceiling than for the walls. A ceiling painted in a matt and lighter color than the walls gives the impression that it is higher and so the walls are higher. You can get the same effect if you paint vertical stripes across the walls. In this way, too, the impression is created that the ceiling is higher.
Play with the optical effects. Is your room long and narrow, like a corridor? Then play with the optical effects: if you apply a dark and warm color to the narrow walls and a light and cold on the longer walls, the space seems bigger. In this way, you get rid of the oppressive impression of such a room. And why not also use a glossy finish? This creates an effect of perspective and of enlargement.
There are other tricks that can make a room look bigger. For example, hanging mirrors on the walls. Either right in front of a window, to reflect the outside world, or two mirrors directly opposite each other: the effect of an infinite space creates a surprising dimension in the room.
Choose also preferably low furniture. And take care of extra usable space yourself. Remove all trinkets that take place; you will get a much larger impression. And do not hang heavy curtains along the windows, but light fabrics.
And what if your room is too spacious?
Are you getting lost in a too cold and spacious room? Dark colors, which absorb the light more, create the impression that the room is smaller. If you also opt for a warm dark color (red, orange, deep yellow), you can enhance this effect even further. The walls seem to be closer, so you can create an intimate, cozy and soft atmosphere with a high ‘zen content’. You can make the room look even smaller if you put the floor in a darker color than the walls