Choosing colours to make a small room look bigger is a challenge a lot of Toronto homeowners encounter. Selecting the right paint colour is important. Colours can be the difference between a small dark room, and a comfortable living area. It is important to choose a paint colour that makes your small room and your house look large and inviting.
Not everybody has the luxury of space. However, you can create the illusion of space. The good use of paint colour is the most important factor to make a small room look larger than it is.
Small Room Ideas & Paint Colour Tips and Tricks
We’ve been painting Toronto houses for twenty-five years, and we’ve come across lots of great painting ideas for home interiors. Here are some of our colour rules for painting small room.
Tip 1: Light Colours for Small Room
- Hands down, best choice for small rooms is white. No better color to create an illusion of space.
- Not everyone can be comfortable with the use of too much white. It can make a room look dull or sterile at times. If you don’t want to go all white, try other light, neutral paint colors for bedroom, like soft pink, light blue, light sea green, lavender, pale yellow and peach.
- Why? Lighter and neutral colours give the illusion that the walls are farther away. Light colours reflect light. Neutral colours diminish into the background.
Tip 2: Painting Stripes
- Using stripes and paint color combinations can make a small room look larger. It completely changes the shape of the room and adds visual interest.
- Vertical stripes make the ceiling look higher. Horizontal stripes make the ceiling look wider.
- Try to stick to three to five inch stripes. Check out our great blog on How To Paint Stripes, and see what kind of stunning effect it has in a nursery or child’s bedroom.
- Don’t want to be overwhelmed? Choose one or two walls to stripe.
Tip 3: Focal Points
- Select a focal point in the room. It can be a fireplace, window, entertainment centre, or piece of furniture.
- Paint the wall containing the focal point a captivating colour, creating a beautiful accent wall.
- Make use of furniture or accessories that complement the colour. Using heavy contrasts will do the opposite.
Tip 4: Flooring
- Look down. The floors can help you open up your room and create an illusion of a much larger space.
- How? Consider matching the colour of the wall or trim to the colour of the flooring.
- Making the room more uniform in colour will create the illusion of it being bigger. Similar colours on the floor eliminates the boundary where the wall connects with the floor – think of where the sea meets the sky. That horizon goes on forever, doesn’t it?
Tip 5: Lighting
- Lighting is key in making a room appear bigger than its actual size. Make sure the room has enough lighting.
- Light – whether from the sun or a lamp – enhances the light colours in your room. This makes the room look even larger.
- Make use of windows whenever you can, but always remember to use correct artificial lighting in key spaces like corners.
Toronto Home Painters is committed to providing the highest quality paint job for your Toronto home – and as part of our full-service line-up, we provide free colour consultations and interior decorating advice to make the most of your small room space. Give us a call. We will provide you with a free estimate to assist you in making your house look the best it can. Call us at (416 494 9095) or send an email to Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com any time for fast and friendly service.