You will probably not be surprised to learn that the colors that cover your walls influence the effect produced on the volumes of your room. Bigger, taller, wider, purer: depending on the wall highlighted in a room, it gives it a different look. A new coat of paint often changes the overall effect of a room – and this depends not only on the color or colors the room has been painted in, but also on which wall has been highlighted and how it has been done. Here are 4 ideas for playing on the volumes of a room using paint.
1 – Make your room look bigger with paint
The most well-known problem in this kind of situation: your room is too small. How can you use paint to play trick-or-treating by making your room look at least a little bigger? Light colors are a good approach – but not too much: too many different colors take over the room. Two shades for use on the walls are enough. Those who dare or have no problem with repainting next year choose a strong color shade, but nothing prevents you from playing it safe with more subdued colors. If you want to change the spatial effect in a very targeted way, you can also achieve amazing things here with the appropriate color choice. Light colors make small rooms appear larger (white and pastel shades can create up to ten percent more volume). A uniform color from floor to ceiling also allows contours to disappear and visually gives more space. Of course, to make rooms look bigger, you also need to use decoration sparingly. In short, rule number one: light, friendly colors make a room appear larger and airier.
2 – Make your room longer, shorter or wider
Narrow rooms, low ceilings and hall-like rooms can also have a completely different effect thanks to color choices: the targeted use of color makes them appear longer, shorter or wider. Make narrow rooms appear wider: A darker wall draws attention to the “short” side of the room – and makes a narrow room appear wider (or a long room shorter!). In short, you can therefore create depth in small rooms by catching the eye with a wall painted in a different color in a room with light side walls. Complementary colors or dark shades of a color family work particularly well in this case. To make a small room appear longer, in addition to painting a wall one color, you can paint your ceiling the same color.
3 – Give height to your room
To make a low-ceilinged room appear a bit taller, you can paint the ceiling a lighter shade and the walls a wide stripe. The room opening principle “dark below, light above” also works naturally with lower color contrasts – color shades that merge with each other also ensure the desired magnifying effect.
So if the height of the room is too low for you, you can paint your ceiling a lighter shade than your walls – this increases the effect of space. For example, a light blue on the ceiling and vertical stripes on the walls also help to stretch the room in height. On the other hand, dark colors visually lower a ceiling. This effect increases if you also paint the upper part of the walls (about 10 centimeters) the same color as the ceiling.
4 – Bring warmth to a very large room
In very large rooms, you may feel lost. In this case, you can create a warm atmosphere by choosing a dark coating for the floor, painting the walls lighter and combining them with an even lighter ceiling. You can thus create a cozy atmosphere with darker colors such as brown, dark green or blue. Warm colors such as red, orange and yellow, but also gold or copper reflect light and convey heat. If you paint your large room in one and the same color, except for one wall that you leave white or lighter: all eyes will be on it. Enough to give attention to certain furniture or certain exceptional or even extravagant pieces.