Using Paint to change the shape of a room

Use Contrast through complementary colors to create focal points or accents in a room.

 

Use Analogous colors or Monochromatic to minimize edges that define space.

It is possible to make a room larger or smaller or to change the shape of the space, or draw attention to focal points, and positive aspects of a space and hide or minimize the not so attractive features using color.

To the change the height of a room, paint the ceiling.  If a room is very large and doesn’t feel comfortable, paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls to make it appear lower and more cozy.   If a space feels claustrophobic, paint the ceiling a lighter color which will raise the apparent height of the ceiling.

To make a space larger, paint the walls and ceiling the same color.  This enables the eye to travel.  If you have unattractive moldings or trim, paint them the same color so that they will blend into the wall and not grab your attention.  If you have nice crown molding or decorative millwork, paint them something contrasting to the wall to make these features stand out.

Strong and deep colors can look nice in a small rooms.  It is contrast that makes a space appear smaller by calling attention to edges and borders.   When walls are a deep color and trim is white or other light color, the eye notices the borders of a space.  If the room is small, then this will accentuate the feeling of enclosure.   However, if the trim does not stand out because it is painted a deeper color then th eeye does not stop at the edges or borders but continues around the room.   Because the eye does not register the borders, the space feels like it continues on an dso it feel more expansive.

Paint can alter the shape of a room.  For a long narrow space, paint both end wall (the shorter ones) a shade or two darker than the other walls so that the end wall feel closer to you.  As a result, the room appears to be more of a square shape.   If you have large bare walls, break up the space with molding, paint different colors above and below.   Use a darker color on the bottom to ground the space.

Strips will make a room look taller while horizontal stripes will make a space feel longer.

In a small housee, paint adjoining rooms the same color.  By doing this, the eye keep moving from room to room and judges the space as being larger than it is.

Use paint color to disguise unattractive items.   Sometimes there are features in a room we hate looking at but can’t get rid of such as heating or ac vents.  Paint these and other eyesores the same color as the walls so they blend in and become less noticeable.

If you have lots of angles an dother architectural features you want to downplay, paint all surfaces the same color.   This is common in attic rooms, Sometimes these features are attractive.  To highlight a unique ceiling or decorative trim, paint the walls a different color than whatever feature you want to highlight.

TO MAKE SOMETHING RECEDE or MOVE Back use:
Light and cool colors

TO MAKE SOMETHING ADVANCE or more forward use:

Warm and dark colors

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