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Expanding your space with paint

When it comes to small and compact rooms, paint can be your best friend. It can make your space look bigger, with a transformative effect that’s simple to achieve. While it might technically just give you the illusion of extra space, it can make a big difference on how the room makes you feel.



  • Go semi-gloss
  • Use darker colours
  • Stretch the ceiling
  • Accentuate woodwork
Go semi-gloss
Go semi-gloss
  • Go with an eggshell or a satin finish; the glossier finish helps to reflect the light in the room, which helps to make the space look bigger.
  • Semi-gloss paints are also more durable and easier to clean, which is sure to save you some hassle in the long run.
Use darker colours
Use darker colours
  • While lighter colours are traditionally used because they reflect more light, dark colours can also expand a room by blurring the edges of the walls.
  • Darker shades also evoke a feeling of cosiness, which is great for bedrooms or living rooms.
Stretch the ceiling
Stretch the ceiling
  • When applying a colour to your wall, leave a gap of around 10 centimetres below the ceiling.
  • Paint this gap white to visually stretch the ceiling and create the illusion of extra height.
Accentuate woodwork
Accentuate woodwork
  • Creating a contrast between walls, woodwork and mouldings lets the structure of the room stand out, so that the walls recede.
  • Make sure that the woodwork is one shade darker than the wall colour, to really emphasise the juxtaposition.