Sometimes, all you need to do to make a small room bigger is an interior painting project and choose the right paint color. It has a considerable impact on how spacious a room may feel—and you can pick variations beyond pure color choices.
But there are plenty of variants dictating which color you should pick for your room, such as the direction its windows are facing. Generally, dark hues look best in north-facing rooms, while lighter colors work best in bright south-facing rooms. On the other hand, sunset hues can make any west-facing room look more spacious and serene.
That said, here are six paint colors to try to make your small room larger:
If you have a small room with minimal to no natural light, using darker hues is the key to making it look like it’s larger than it is. Without any light bouncing off your room’s walls, the color might have an opposite effect. So, instead, embrace the darker realm.
Soft black like charcoal can give your dimly lit room a more prominent appearance while making it feel more intimate. Aside from that, there’s no denying that darker hues just tend to provide a more grandeur feel.
I recommend using this color in North-facing rooms for the best results.
White makes things look and feel larger in general. It’s no secret that lighter hues can make any room more spacious, especially if it welcomes natural light. So, it makes an obvious paint choice to make small rooms seem bigger than usual.
Moreover, you can make the most out of a small room by combining stark white with eggshell or satin finishes. These create the appearance of more space than usual.
Best of all, white works with any theme, aesthetic, and room type. Whether you’re working on a kitchen, living room, or bathroom, stark white is a fantastic palette to start your decor process.
I suggest using stark white in south-facing rooms for maximum natural light.
If you’re not a fan of stark white but still want to go for a lighter hue, go with light taupe. It’s fair enough to accommodate naturally lit rooms without being too overbearingly white. Plus, light taupe can make any room feel more spacious and elegant.
It allows enough light to bounce off from its walls while adding a touch of warmth, which a pure white hue doesn’t have.
Additionally, this light yet rich hue has the potential to make your room look more grandeur and expensive. So, it’s worth trying this tone with a room with minimal architectural detailing to offer more stature.
Also, I recommend keeping other furnishings light in the room, giving it an overall lighter and airy ambiance.
Opt for dark navy if you’re working in a room with low natural light. It creates an impression of depth, making your space feel more stately and dramatic. Also, if you’re looking for a romantic and cozy ambiance in a darker, smaller room but don’t want it to have blacked out, dark navy is your best bet.
Aside from that, painting a room’s walls in dark navy helps you keep considerable furniture like sofas with similar colors to blur the lines between its edges, making it feel and seem bigger. You may also opt for this hue if you’re working on a room filled with cabinetry, such as libraries and kitchens.
Are you working on a west-facing room? Look no further than softer shades like blush pink. Hues like these can brighten up any small space, making it feel lighter, fun, and, most importantly, large! Blush pink works best in rooms with more natural light than usual and goes well with warm neutral colors such as beige or ivory.
I recommend painting the room’s ceiling in a similar tone for a more enveloping and relaxing feel. And as girly as blush pink may seem, it works excellently alongside masculine woods, contemporary metals, and leather furnishings.
Finally, go for cool gray if you’re tired of seeing all-white but still want to make a small room feel and look bigger. It’s an excellent alternative to pure white, making any space feel fresher and brighter without being overwhelming.
Cool colors like this help you create the appearance of more room than usual while maintaining a relaxing vibe. It’s best to use cool gray in spaces with moderate natural lighting to maximize its cozy yet expansive ambiance.
Also, cool gray offers the same crisp, vibrant quality bright white does, but it exudes a more relaxed vibe. I recommend going for cool gray if you’re working in a west- or east-facing room.
No matter how small a room is, it’s no match for a well-thought-of color palette. Choosing the proper hues can make any area look and feel larger than it is. So, pick your paint color carefully and see which tone can bring the most out of your limited space.