Lower a ceiling. The height of a ceiling can affect the feeling of a room, making it seem less intimate. By painting a ceiling, you can fool the eye by visually changing the height. Paint your ceiling in a warm color, like the rich taupe color featured in this image, then paint the walls in a cool contrast shade.
Add height to a ceiling. If your ceiling feels too low, there are several ways of making it seem higher. One of these is painting it in a light, receding color, such as a pale blue. Another trick is using paint with a light-reflecting finish. The ceiling of this kitchen was painted that way; the light's reflection creates a sense of space.
In this room, a ceiling imitating the color of the sky added space and height. Simple prints, cushions, curtains and other accessories add subtle splashes of color.
Add width. A narrow room can benefit from horizontal lines that create space and continuity. To achieve this effect, use the same tonal value for both colors, but make sure one is visibly lighter than the other.
In this case, horizontal lines create the impression of more space by drawing the eye to the windows.
Large mirrors or shiny surfaces create the feeling of more space by reflecting the image of more living areas. Choose a neutral palette and keep things simple and uncluttered.
Make a room feel warmer. Deep hues help create a cozy space. Here, a dark shade of brown along with green and gold colors creates an inviting, restful room.
Enhance features. If there's something you love in your home and want to show it even more, try enhancing it with color. By painting it a different shade, the feature — in this case a fireplace — will become the focal point.