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If you live in a smaller home or condo, you know how difficult decorating can be. Besides getting furniture at the appropriate sizes, your furniture can sometimes limit the amount of space leftover for decorating. Even if your space’s size is limited, the colour of paint you choose for a small space can have a big impact on the room. Here are some tips for making any room look bigger.
Accent walls help to create an illusion, drawing the eyes to a single focal point, and in turn helps to make a room look larger. With rectangular rooms, try painting the two long walls a darker shade than the shorter walls. By placing the focus on the room’s length, it can help make it feel larger.
When it comes to choosing a paint, you’ll also need to consider the finish that comes along with it. Flat paints have no shine whereas high gloss paints are all shine. Eggshell and Satin fall between those two extremes and should be used on smaller spaces. The slight gloss finish helps to reflect light making the room look larger.
Undertones are the colour under the visible colour – a blend used to create the final colour you see on your walls. Undertones should match fixed elements of your space such as flooring and cabinets to create a contrasting effect. Be sure to bring home paint chips and choose one that matches your home’s natural fixed colours best.
Light colours can make a room look larger since they reflect the lighting of the room, but dark colours work well in small spaces. They help create a dramatic and comfortable feel and eliminate the edges of the walls creating an illusion of a much larger room.