The Illusion Of Colour

A different colour on the walls of a room may completely change the dimensions of the area, giving the impression of more or less height, space, and depth. Color also has the power to accentuate a room’s best qualities while hiding its flaws. The use of colour in a space may completely transform its character, transforming it from light and open to cosy and intimate. A room may have many different appearances depending on how the colours are used.

Warm colours tend to advance and stand out more than cold colours, which tend to retreat and fade into the background. This is one of the fundamental principles.
While light colours have the effect of making a space look bigger, dark colours have the opposite impact and give the impression that the space is smaller.

Here are several examples:

If you want a room to seem bigger, paint the walls in a light, cool colour like light blue and make sure the carpeting is the same colour as the walls.

A area might seem more intimate and inviting if it has a dark floor and walls painted in warm tones.

If you paint all of the surfaces of a dark room with white, neutral colours, or variations of the same light to medium tone colour, you may create the impression that the space is brighter and more airy than it really is.

A room that is long and narrow might give the impression of being squarer if the short end walls are painted in a warm, deep colour while the surrounding longer walls are painted in a lighter colour.

First, paint the floor and ceiling in the same colour, then paint the walls in a brighter tone to create the illusion that the space is larger than it really is.

Use a darker colour on the walls below picture rail height to make a room look smaller, and use a lighter colour above the rail and on the ceiling to make the space appear smaller overall.

Use lighter colours on the walls below picture rail height to create the appearance of a lower ceiling, and use darker colours above the rail and on the ceiling to create the illusion of a lower ceiling.

You may give the walls additional height and make the ceiling seem to be taller by using vertical stripes.
Paint the ceiling and walls in a dark colour all the way down to dado height, and then paint the bottom area of the walls in a lighter colour so that it matches the floor. This will give the appearance of altering the proportions of the space.

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