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Interior Design: Making the Most of a Small Space

calander Nov 13 , 2019 user-icon Nash Painting

When you live in a smaller space, you have less to clean, and fewer maintenance issues to worry about. But it can look and feel a little cramped.

Luckily, house painting is more than maintaining a home. Painting your home interior is integral to striking the right interior design, no matter the size of your living space. Choosing the right paint color and painting services are a great way to “open up” the look of a smaller or more narrow space.

After decades of home interior painting, we’ve noticed the following paint and color tricks that help make smaller spaces appear larger.

True White Paint

Choosing a true white paint, as opposed to an off-white or one with white overtones, is a great way to make a room feel more open. True white paint improves reflectivity which adds to the sense of openness in a room.

While it can work for any room, this trick is especially effective for rooms that get a lot of natural lighting.

Black or Very Dark Paint

You might think that if light colors seem to make people feel like a room is more open, than dark colors would make a room feel more closed in. But that’s not the case.

Black and other dark colors actually make things seem farther away than if the same objects were painted lighter colors. As a design expert might say, dark colors recede. If your walls are painted black or another dark color, they’ll seem farther away and the room will look and feel bigger than if the same wall were painted a lighter color (according to Sherwin Williams).

Staying in the Same Color Family

When painting a room, staying in the same color family can help you achieve your goal of making a room seem larger.

The “color family” of the paint color you choose has to do with where it falls on the color wheel and the warm, cool, or neutral colors adjacent to it. If you’re not sure how to use the color wheel or which colors work best for the look and feel you’re trying to achieve, be sure the painter you hire is confident in helping you with paint color selection and matching.

Don’t Forget Your Ceiling

Painting your walls and ceilings the same color can make you feel boxed in. And that doesn’t help with making the room feel any bigger. We suggest choosing a light color to help your ceilings contrast with the rest of the room. By raising the eye to the ceiling with the lighter color, the ceiling itself seems higher.

Ceiling painting isn’t the only way you can draw the eye around the room so it appears to stretch or have greater dimension. Painting a couple of accent walls can have a similar impact when you enter a room.

Ask an Expert

Asking a professional painter for advice is always a good idea when tackling a painting project.When you hire Nash Painting, you’re choosing teams that know how to choose the best colors for your walls, ceilings, or accent walls.

We’ve painted impressive luxury homes throughout Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and the rest of Middle Tennessee. And we can make your home look like a magazine spread as well, even if your rooms are a bit smaller than the average centerfold home. Start dreaming big for your painting or interior design project. Call Nash Painting for your home interior painting estimate today.