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Top Seven Tips on Using Paint to Make Rooms Look and Feel Bigger

Do any of the interior spaces of your Naples, Florida-area home seem too small? Does the living room feel so constricted that it conveys a sense of “three’s a crowd?” and four’s a mosh pit, though it can easily accommodate more? When you lie on your bed, does it feel like you can reach out in any direction to touch a bedroom wall, even though you can’t? Does a hallway seem so pinched that you feel like only one person can traverse it at a time? Are any rooms so confined that they always make you feel claustrophobic?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, FCI Painters in Naples has a solution that does not require costly renovations. With more than 25 years of interior painting experience in the Southwest Florida area, we know that paint is more than just a surface coating. With variable colors, tones, and finishes, paint can totally transform the look and feel of rooms in numerous ways. And it can be applied in ways that change the perception of space. Here are the top seven tips on using interior paint in Naples to expand the perception of interior space in your home or business.

Light Hues Naturally Expand Space Perception

This is the simplest and most well-known space-expanding paint tip. In general, the lighter the color of the paint, the more spacious a room seems. Lighter hues, whether white, off-white, cream, soft grays or many pastels, reflect light to expand the perception of space. This perception can be further enhanced by painting the walls and ceilings the same color, which reduces visual breaks at the edges that can constrain perceived space.

Make the Ceiling Sky-Like

While white is often the go-to hue for ceilings, if you’ve got some color on your walls, consider a lighter, tonal shade for your ceiling. In some cases, a white ceiling acts like a space-constraining lid on a room when the walls are colored. So, if your walls are painted blue, consider a lighter shade to create the sense of a wide-open sky. If the walls are another color, experiment to see whether a lighter tone above opens things up.

Add Height with Lighter Colored Ceilings or Two-Toned Walls

If any of your rooms feel cramped due to low ceilings, the easiest way to add height perception is to paint the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls. The contrast between the walls and ceiling makes the ceiling appear further up than it truly is, and the lighter-colored ceiling draws attention away from the height-challenged walls.

You can also make your walls look higher than they are with a two-tone effect. The most effective way to do this is by painting the bottom third of a wall with a richer color topped by lighter shade on the upper two-thirds. The lower, darker color inherently captures the viewer’s attention, with the off-center divide making the lighter upper shade appear taller than it truly is.

Optimize Larger Space Perception with Paint on the Floor

If you’ve painted the walls and ceiling in light hues to expand the sense of space, you can optimize the effect by doing the same with the floor. With the correct shading, the light coloration of your floor can help expand the sense of space by pushing the floor further away from the walls and ceiling.

Use Shading to Expand Narrow Spaces

You can expand the perception of space in hallways or long, narrow rooms with shading tricks that balance proportions to obscure the tunnel effect. To do this, merely paint the shorter walls in a slightly darker shade than the longer walls, making the shorter walls appear wider than they are.

You can also widen narrow spaces by painting horizontal stripes on the walls, and this effect can be further enhanced by using lighter-colored stripes.

Create an Accent Wall for Depth

Painting one wall in a room with a contrasting or bold color creates what’s known as an accent wall, which draws attention to the area and expands the sense of the room’s depth. The chosen wall for accenting should not necessarily be the biggest but one you would naturally want to draw attention to. This could be a fireplace wall in the living room, while in the bedroom, the wall behind the headboard often works well.

Blend Shelving and Other Storage with Wall Color

For tiny rooms with built-in bookcases, shelving, or cabinetry, consider painting them the same color as the surrounding walls. This continuation of color helps make them blend into the walls to give the illusion that they are not taking as much space as they are.

Or Turn to Naples-Based FCI Painting to Expand Your Interior Spaces

We hope our seven tips can help you expand the perception of interior spaces in your home as needed. If you struggle to determine or work with the optimum space-expanding interior painting trick, consider consulting with us. With more than 25 years of beautifully transforming the interior spaces of Naples, Florida-area homeowners, contact FCI Painting today at (239) 435-1001.

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