Colours to Make Room Feel Larger

If you’re aiming to live wiser and want to know what colours make a room look larger, we can help. Erin Hearns, Haymes Colour Stylist, explains what colour paints will enhance a space and make it appear large and luxurious.

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Quick Tips to Make a Room Feel Larger

  • Not everyone has the luxury of space but you can create the illusion of space. It’s commonly known that light colours make a room feel larger.
  • Pastels and neutral colours are perfect for a small space. So avoid strong bold colours, as they absorb the light and draw your eye towards them.
  • Try painting skirting, architraves, doors and windows in a white or light colour to make a room expand and appear more spacious. This can work especially well to make a small living room look larger.
  • Stick to a simple palette with a minimal number of colours on the walls and ceilings, and avoid feature walls in small rooms.
  • A good trick if the space is very small, is to extend the paint colour from the walls to the ceiling.
  • If you want to play with colours that won’t darken your room, consider cool colours that will make the walls visually recede, like pastel blues, greens and greys.
  • The colours you use to accessorise the room are important too. Try using a monochromatic colour scheme for décor and accessories, which is gradients of the same colour, to create a harmonious and subtle look that’s great for small spaces.
  • And finally, make the most of the natural light you have, as it’s the greatest way to open a space and make it appear bigger. North-facing rooms will have a lot more warmth and a brighter space, whereas South-facing rooms will have a cooler and darker look, so you may need more artificial lighting to open up the room.

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