Choosing the perfect colour combinations for your home is one of the most important parts of building or renovating and can completely alter the atmosphere of the space. Some colours will create a comforting, homely environment, while others will create a cold and dark atmosphere.

Aside from an emotional response to a space’s paint colour, it is also important to note that colours can also alter viewers perception of the room’s size and shape. Below we have shared our best tips on how to choose the correct colours for your spaces.

Small Rooms

When homeowners have smaller rooms, they’re often curious as to how they can make them appear larger. As a rule, it is good to go for cool, light tones in small rooms, as they make use of the natural light that enters the room and they have a ‘receding’ quality that opens the room up visually.

Also, it is important that you avoid contrasting colours when trying to make a room look larger. By using one or very similar shades of paint, you will create an illusion that blurs the room’s edges. Contrasting colours will highlight the edges, making the small size of a room emphasised.

Large Rooms

On the other hand, homeowners are often worried that their large rooms will either feel completely empty or cluttered. You can solve this issue by choosing darker shades that generate a homely atmosphere within the space. Darker colours are perfect for large rooms as they absorb light, making the room feel complete and cosy.

Low Ceilings

High ceilings are generally preferred in homes as homeowners do not like to feel confined, and high ceilings provide ample space. However, with the use of paint, it is possible to make low ceilings appear higher.

By using the same illusion as you would in a small room, it is best to use light colours that will somewhat blur the line between wall and ceiling.


Long Rooms

Long rooms can be very problematic for homeowners, as it can be difficult to separate the room. By using a dark colour on the furthest wall, you can create an illusion that the wall is much closer. To make this more effective, you can paint the adjacent (the longer walls) walls lighter.

Featureless Rooms

Many homeowners worry about rooms with little to no features looking lifeless and boring, but it is simple to solve this concern. It is best to choose where the centre of the room will be and create a vibrant colour palette that will help carve out that area in the space.

Hiding Architectural Features

It is possible to use paint to hide architectural features in your home that might be an eyesore. By painting faults or unpleasant areas of your home the same colour as your walls, you can lessen their visibility and conceal the fault or feature.

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