How colours work in a room
- The right choice of colours can make a room appear bigger or smaller and make ceilings look higher or lower. This visual effect can actually compensate for some of a room’s flaws.
- Use bright colours for small rooms; they will make a room appear more spacious.
- Choose warm, dark colours for large rooms to make them look cozier. A good example is a deep hue of red.
- Go light for low ceilings: the ceiling appears higher when painted in a lighter shade than the walls.
- Go dark for high ceilings. If you want to visually reduce the height of a room, opt for a dark-coloured ceiling. The ceiling will also appear lower if you paint the bottom area of the wall in a lighter shade that gradually darkens as it rises toward the ceiling. If, on the other hand, the colour becomes lighter going from bottom to top, the ceiling will appear higher.
- Opt for lively hues for narrower rooms; bright colours on the walls make a room appear wider to the eye.
- Darken wide rooms; if you paint two walls opposite each other in a darker shade, a wide room will look cozier and less cavernous.