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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.