Using Paint to Make a Room Appear Either Larger or More Intimate

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, July 15, 2016

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to change the feel of any room in your home is with carefully chosen interior paint. Whether you want to make a small space feel bigger or a large space feel more intimate, here are some key principles to help you get the final result you desire.

Opening Up a Room with Just Creatively Chosen Interior Paint 

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As a general rule, a lighter or less saturated (or intense) wall color will make any room appear more expansive. Whites, creamy yellows, beiges, and light grays are all great paint colors to choose if your goal is to make a space appear as large as possible.

Neutrals are not the only option, though. If you love a particular color, consider painting your walls in a paler version of it. So long as you select a wall color with plenty of white in it your room will feel bright and open. Additionally, cool interior paint colors like blue or green tend to make walls feel as if they are receding into the background.

Making a Room Feel Intimate with Wall Color

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Do you have a larger room that feels cold or uninviting? Painting the walls in a medium or dark color will make it instantly feel cozier. This trick works just as well with smaller rooms, too. Powder rooms or dining rooms are the perfect place to experiment with a bold wall color that highlights your personality.

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And walls aren’t your only opportunity to create a cozy space in your home. Painting your ceiling in a lighter shade of your wall color or continuing your wall color up onto the ceiling is yet another way to make a room feel more intimate.

Changing the feel of your home doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. With these paint color tips you can create the space of your dreams in as little as a weekend.

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