Make Your Room Feel Larger With Paint


living room space with off-white painted walls and modern furniture - paint colors to make a room feel larger


It’s no secret that paint can transform a room. Changing the color on your wall can change the whole way the room feels and looks. It can also help give the illusion of a bigger space if you choose the color correctly. If you have a small and crowded room in your house, consider changing the paint to give the optical appearance of more space. So, which color should you choose? And even more importantly, which color should you avoid?


Colors to open your space


The good news is that a lot of colors can actually help open your room up and make it look bigger. They range from light to dark, so there’s a color to fit any style you have in your home. Consider any of the following when looking to change your wall color:


  • Taupe
  • Black
  • Stark White
  • Blush Pink
  • Navy
  • Cool Gray



Taupe is a great alternative for those that are afraid to commit to a darker or brighter color, but still don’t want white walls. A light taupe coloring is a great way to brighten up a room and play off of natural lighting for rooms with plenty of windows. Taupes have pink or violet undertones which help with the subtle coloring to give the illusion of a larger room.



Softer black tones are a good choice for north-facing rooms that don’t get as much natural light. If you don’t want to go full black, a charcoal color would work just as well. Consider painting the trim and ceiling as well for this style to open it up even more.


Stark White

This may not seem like the most appealing color, but for rooms that are south-facing and have plenty of natural light, stark white is a wonderful choice. With the light bouncing off the white, the room will feel opened up immediately. White is also a classic color and can go with almost every style, so you won’t have to worry about it clashing with your decor or furniture. It’s worth noting that only a crisp, stark white is the way to go. Try to avoid off -whites when painting your small room.


Blush Pink

This color is not for everyone, but if you want to add a small hint of subtle color to your room, a blush pink is a great way to go. In dark rooms, it gives off a peach undertone, which compliments many styles. If you’re not ready to commit to a full room of blush pink, consider complimenting it with other neutrals like taupe or white.



A dark navy coloring is a good choice for rooms with little to no natural light. Consider this in a kitchen or other dimly lit areas as a way to open up that space. A dark navy creates the impression of depth in a room and gives it the illusion of being larger than it is. Consider coupling with a similar hue for accents to increase the dramatic effect.


Cool Gray

Opting for a cool gray color is a great way to add a little bit of color and also open a room up. This color will make a room feel fresher and is the perfect choice for a room that has moderate natural lighting. It adds both brightness and depth to a room. It’s the perfect choice for east and west-facing rooms.


For all of these options, consider painting the ceiling as well. This gives the illusion of a higher ceiling, which contributes to opening a room up. Also, don’t pair a dark color with light trim. This actually visually chops the room up and makes it seem smaller in the long run.



Colors to Avoid


It’s worth noting that not all dark colors will make a room feel bigger. In fact, many of them do the opposite if the lighting is not right. Make sure to take lighting into consideration when going with other dark colors not on the list.



Dark, warm colors are also colors to avoid. Reds can make the room feel smaller and more intense, so try to avoid those when painting a small room.


Bright colors

Steer clear of extremely bright colors, like orange or yellow. While these colors may seem like a good idea at first, they will often bounce light away in terrible ways. This will leave your room feeling smaller than before.


No matter what color you choose, make sure you like it! Contact us with all of your painting questions and needs. We can help pick the perfect shade to open up your small room.