How To Make Small Rooms Look Bigger With Paint

Make your small room look bigger

Does your home have small rooms or exist from a building period before the "open concept"? Are you tired of the small rooms in your home? When you don't have the physical space to extend your home, there may be another option for creating the illusion of space. You can do this with paint.

Paint has been used in visual trickery for over two centuries. For homeowners with a smaller room, the answer to the problem of small rooms is the clever use of paint to change the perception of size and depth.

The problem with small rooms is that they are often suffocating, which makes the space uncomfortable. By fooling the eye, you can change the appearance of a room in such a way that it appears and feels much larger. A combination of creative color choices, techniques, placement of furniture and appropriate lighting will work magic in even the smallest rooms.

Color choices

If you want to make a room appear larger, it’s usually a good idea to go for brighter colors that are known to open up spaces. This can be achieved through the reflection of light, making the room feel much more spacious. Soft tones, such as off-white, blue or green, are relaxing and really open up an otherwise confined space.

You can use lighter colors to great effect by painting trims to give the impression of walls that are much further away than the dimensions of the room would suggest.

Interior Design by Tiffany Hanken Design Minneapolis

Interior Design by Tiffany Hanken Design Minneapolis

Along with paint, effective use of light is your friend. The natural light that can reflect off your paintwork in the space will brighten up the room and create a more comfortable living space. There are also light fixtures out there that are designed to provide the impression of natural light for rooms that are not well orientated.

Windows that are not obstructed by blinds are ideal for letting in natural light and making a room appear larger. If your view is less than appealing in this area, you can use plants around the windows to make for a more attractive feature. Lamps and other light fixtures can also help to improve the appearance of window walls that are dull and without life.

Clutter and mess

Clutter is the enemy of small rooms. If you have a lot of unneeded items taking up space in the room, no amount of clever paint and lighting is going to make the room look or feel larger - you simply have a mess and it can create claustrophobia and feelings of suffocation. For your own comfort, get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be in the room so you can breathe easier when spending time in your small living space.

Your reduction of "stuff" should include the walls in the rooms. While posters and other adornments may have looked great when you bought them, they can seriously impact how you perceive the size of your room. It is better to have one large feature on a wall that draws the eye and contributes to the illusion of a larger room.

Interior Designer Tiffany Hanken Minneapolis

Interior Designer Tiffany Hanken Minneapolis

Define a focal point

Focal points are an important technique when you want to open up a smaller room. When you walk into a room, the focal point should be the first thing that draws your attention. Think of furniture objects such as beds and dining tables, which should be the main focus relative to the room type. This feature is the most important thing in the room, so avoid items that distract from the main focal point.

Floors can break the illusion of a focal point if items such as rugs interrupt the perception of more space. Remove these items so that the floor space appears larger and helps complete the illusion you have created with paint, light and your focal point.

Use of mirrors

Mirrors create tunnels of perception and can deepen a room significantly, so if you place them just right, you can trick the eye into thinking the room is significantly larger. It is recommended that you place your mirrors in such a way that they are aimed towards a focal point. This technique creates the appearance of greater depth, which works even better when you have used the right colors in the most effective ways.

You can also place mirrors in a way that catches the reflection of the outside, bringing elements of nature into the room in which you are creating the illusion of increased size. The great thing about mirrors is that you can experiment without having to make any changes that aren’t easily reversible.

Images in this blog are courtesy of Tiffany Hanken Interior Design in Minneapolis, 

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