Pro tips for making a room look bigger with paint


Do you have visions of grandeur ... but your house doesn’t exactly measure up? Is your kitchen annoyingly narrow? Is your guest room barely bigger than your closet? Not to worry!

All it takes is a few brushstrokes to create a more spacious-looking room. Paint is like clothing. It’s important to pick the most flattering colours and patterns. Many people think that only light colours can make a room look bigger. They’re wrong! Yes, light colours add luminosity. But if you really want to fake a larger room, cool colours and contrasts are the way to go.

Small spaces, narrow hallways and low ceilings all get in the way of the dream of a spacious-looking home. But follow our tips, and you’ll be able to create the illusion of an ample abode in no time!

Expanding a narrow space

We’ve all had to decorate this kind of space at some point.  You know, a space so small that your furniture barely fits? You can see the potential, but you’re not sure how to unlock it. According to popular belief, painting these spaces white is the only way to make them look a bit bigger. Not true! There are other solutions.

Painting the wall on the far side of the room in a dark contrasting colour while keeping the side walls a light shade will help the room look more spacious. Another solution is to paint a single element such as wall shelving to catch the eye and make the rest of the space appear lighter in comparison.

Adding height to a room

Dark walls paired with a light floor and ceiling give the illusion of a taller room. There’s no need to paint your walls black: just apply a bolder shade to a section of your room to illuminate and highlight the light shade above your head.

Another technique for making walls look taller is painting a border of at least one foot in the same colour as the ceiling. This way, the ceiling will take up more visual space, and your walls will look taller.

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Create depth

Create the illusion of depth by painting the wall on the far side of a room in a light colour and the other walls in a darker colour. But be careful, this trick can create a bit of a tunnel effect.

As black absorbs light, it also adds dimension and depth to small spaces. It’s especially effective for lengthening slanted walls or sectioning off tight spaces like staircases.

What’s your go-to technique for making a space look bigger?