Paint colors and small spaces
February 21, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I've heard that small rooms appear bigger when painted in darker hues. I went that way a few years ago and am now thinking about lightening the spaces up and using accent walls in darker shades and/or patterns to add depth. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to identify the right accent wall? And, does anyone have any further insights/ideas about dark colors vs. light paint colors to make small spaces feel bigger and more spacious?
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Warm colors advance toward you, cool colors recede. If your doing an accent wall, put your focal point of the room on it. Use different types of lighting in your room for atmosphere, and keep the corners open and lit to make room appear larger. Keep breathing space around each important piece in the room. Hope these tips help!
March 9, 2013 at 5:58pm     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I find that the answer to designing a small space is to make it interesting. That can be done with color or wallpaper or wall art. An interesting vanity or countertop will also work. When the space is fascinating, no one worries about whether the colors are cool or warm. They just enjoy the space. Here's an itty bitty powder room I designed that had a glass countertop, a corner sink, mirrors cut to resemble a mountain and walls and ceiling painted a bright coral.
March 9, 2013 at 6:10pm     
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Caroline..what at amazing powder room. The color, shape of the mirror and floating vanity work so well together. Can't remember if the room was large or small. So, your point is well made!
March 9, 2013 at 6:18pm     
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That was spell check strikes again.
March 9, 2013 at 6:20pm     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Thanks, JW! It was a fun space to design.
March 9, 2013 at 6:28pm     
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