6 Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger with Paint
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6 Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger with Paint

Posted on November 10, 2023

Painting small spaces can be challenging. How do you make your small space look better while having the paint job you want? Fortunately, there are a few tricks home painters use to make a room feel larger with paint. It’s true: paint can take your room from feeling cramped to being comfortable! Our painters are here to share with you our tips and tricks on how to use paint to make a small room look bigger. Let’s dive in!

1. Use a Shade of White or Light Color

white kitchen black countertops

When painting smaller rooms, it’s not uncommon to choose a shade of white. A light hue can easily open up the space and make it seem much bigger.

“White is a great option to help the viewer’s eye travel throughout the whole room. This color is one of my favorites because it can really open up space and create an illusion of height in the smallest of spaces,” says Jerry Prosise of CertaPro Painters® of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

For a warmer shade of white, we recommend: 

2. Know How to Use Bold Colors

bedroom painted black to make room bigger

Small spaces are not confined to light colors. In fact, black can be a favorite to open up space if used the right way. But be careful when going with bold paint colors to make your space seem larger. You’ll need to use the correct undertone or sheen for better match ability and durability. Consulting a home painting expert can help you avoid amateur mistakes for a result you’ll be proud to show off in your home.

We recommend the following dark colors: 

3. Paint an Accent Wall to Draw the Eyes

green accent wall in bedroom

If a bold tone is outside of your comfort zone, you can make a significant impact on your space without painting an entire room by utilizing an accent wall. This works well for two reasons:

  • A different colored accent wall gives an optical illusion. It also helps to make the room seem like there is extra space inside
  • Accent walls direct the eye to a focal point. This helps when decorating and when deciding the best way to place existing furniture.

4. Feature an Eye-Catching Pattern

bathroom with blue and white striped walls

Instead of relying on flat colors alone to make a room look bigger, think about strategically placed patterns. Vertical stripes can make your room look taller, add to the openness of the space, and create drama. For some, vertical stripes can make a room feel constrictive. To counter this, avoid painting stripes on all of your walls in smaller areas and stick to wide stripes focused in one area, such as a single-striped accent wall. 

If stripes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other patterns to try. Just remember: smaller patterns tend to look nice in areas with low square footage and add to the interest of your walls.

5. Paint Your Ceiling Space for a Larger Room Feeling

ceiling painted brighter white to make room larger

Painting light colors on ceilings can create the illusion that a room is taller than it really is. If your walls are dark, any shade of off-white or even light pastels or grays could work on ceilings. 

If you’re wanting to get a bit more creative, ceilings don’t always need to be kept in a monotone shade. For example, a common scheme for nurseries is to paint light blue and white clouds on the ceiling and then have a deeper (yet still calm) blue on the walls. You can also use crown molding to draw the eyes upward. 

Painter’s Tip: Darker ceilings can be an interesting design choice, but are not usually helpful when painting a room to look bigger. 

6. Test Your Chosen Paint Color Before Applying

If you don’t know what you want, but don’t have a lot of time to experiment, use an online visualizer tool to save time and stress. You can test any color by virtually painting it on your walls, helping you visualize the final result while also making the decision much more manageable.

Make Any Room Feel Larger with Help From CertaPro Painters®

Paint can work wonders in a small room. Smart color selection alone can transform how big a space feels, from a half-bath to a small guest room. For help transforming your space, CertaPro Painters® can help you explore the many color and design options available, and a color consultant can help you design any areas you’re unsure about. 

To schedule a free painting estimate, give a trusted service advisor at CertaPro Painters® a call today.