Wall Colours Shades That Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

Mumbai posted on 20.01.2017

We all crave spacious homes. Reality, sadly, is often quite different. But small rooms need not lack a welcoming, airy ambience. And to make your small rooms appear bigger and more welcoming, there is no need to start knocking down walls or building additions either. One easy way to create the illusion of space is to carefully choose the paint for those walls.

The general rule is- the lighter the wall colour combination, the bigger and brighter the room will appear. Light and bright walls are more reflective, and can make a space feel open and airy, maximizing the effect of natural light. Dark wall colours, on the other hand, tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller. And the less natural light you have entering the room, the lighter the wall paint colour you should lean toward. To make a room appear bigger, choose brighter shades which bounce back more light than they absorb. Read on for a list of some colours known to help a small space appear way bigger and brighter than its diminutive size.


White Wall Colour Shade

White paint can make even the tiniest spaces feel bigger and grander. White reflects light, making the room feel brighter and more open. Plus, there is the added bonus of white walls being an excellent décor canvas.


Pastels Wall Colour Shade​

Pastels are not just easy on the eyes, they are also a great way to make a space appear bigger and brighter. Light pink, mauve, peach, and lilac or lavender are great choices for small rooms. If you are concerned about the feminine pastels being too much on their own, bring in a spot of balancing neutrals by using tan, beige, or cream for the trim. 


Yellow Wall Colour Shade​

Yellow walls can have the same space-enhancing effect as white. In fact, neutral yellow work as a softer alternative to white.  Just keep the yellow creamy and soft—steering clear of neons, as saturation can be a real concern with this colour. Think subtle shades like dandelion, lemon, soft banana, or a pale, creamy yellow.

Gray Wall Colour Shade

Like white and yellow, gray bounces light around the room to expand the space. When used in a monochromatic decorating scheme, light gray walls can make a space feel large and expansive. Look for a gentle, calming shade of this colour.


Blues and Greens

Lighter blues and greens create a soothing atmosphere that simultaneously enlarges and brightens your space. These “cool” colours are perceived by our brains as receding, or being further away, hence creating an illusion of space, while also imparting brightness and depth to a room.


Deep jewel tones

This might seem like an unusual choice, but if you have a small room with ample natural light, opt for these luscious tones. Jewel tones are quite energizing - something petite spaces can often benefit from. Consider rich, dynamic colors such as sapphire, emerald, or amethyst in a small space such as a tiny washroom room or a small nook, especially to brighten up what could otherwise be a dark corner. 

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