Jan
7
2014

Make Small Spaces Look Bigger with Color

Make Small Spaces Look Bigger with Color

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There are many ways you can make small spaces in your home look bigger by using color. One of the most obvious ways is through paint. I love the rooms in my home to feel light and airy, so I tend to lean towards lighter neutral colors. Neutral walls are a great base for a room because no matter how many times you swap out your decor, the walls always match.
 

Recently I gave our master bathroom a paint makeover. We recently moved into this home, and the previous owners had painted the small bathroom a shade of salmon, an orangy redish color:
 

salmon colored bathroom  

Paint is such a personal decision, and there are no wrong paint colors! The rule is, if you love it, and you love living in the space, then the color is perfect for YOU. I'll admit though, I am not keen on this salmon color, so it had to go!
 

Because the room is so small, I knew I wanted a paint color that would brighten and enlarge the room. Obviously it isn't going to physically make the room larger, but it will give the illusion that the space is bigger than it is.
 

After a quick run to my local True Value Hardwareto pick up painting supplies, it was time to get rollin' (pun intended!). I chose a very neutral light beigethat brightens any room it touches:
 

roller tray, roller and paintbrush  

Less than a day later, I have a brand-new bathroom! Or, at least it feels like a brand-new bathroom.
 

neutral light beige colored bathroom  

Choosing a light neutral color lightened, brightened, and widened the entire room. When we bought the house we thought we'd have to gut the whole room and start over, but just by changing out something as simple as paint color, we feel like we are living in a brand-new house.
 

before and after picture of bathroom  
before and after picture of bathroom  
before and after picture of bathroom  
before and after picture of bathroom  

I am no stranger to painting, and I tend to inadvertently purchase homes that have dark overwhelming colors (the worse the paint colors, the better the deal it seems). Painting rooms to lighten and brighten them has become a necessary past-time of mine. Check out these other rooms I've painted in an effort to make them feel bigger and more airy:
 

The dining room in our old house was purple and gold faux. I added a chair rail and a rich shade of gray and turned this eyesore into a stunner that opened up the room.
 

before and after picture of dining room  

This guest bathroom was a goldish orange color. With a little paint and some bright accessories the room went from feeling like a dungeon to open and spacious, fit for any guest.
 

before and after picture of bathroom  

By adding some chair rail, box and window moulding, and a light neutral gray, this formal living room went from a depressing place we tried to avoid to one of our favorite rooms in the house.
 

before and after picture of living room  

You can transform the look and feel of an entire room simply by changing the paint color. Rich neutrals in lighter shades will really open up a small space and make it feel larger and more inviting. Check out even more before-and-afters over at www.HouseOfHepworths.comor follow True Value on Facebookand Pinterestfor more inspiration.
 

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