To make a room feel larger, you can use various painting techniques and colours to create an illusion of space and openness.

Here are a few helpful tips to make your room feel larger:

Use light colours

Light colours such as whites, creams, pastels, and soft greys reflect more light, and create an airy and open feel. They also help bounce light around the room, making it appear more spacious. Avoid dark or intense colours, as they tend to absorb light and make a room feel smaller.

Paint the ceiling a lighter shade

By painting the ceiling a lighter colour than the walls, you create the perception of higher ceilings, which makes the room feel more spacious. Opt for a light shade of white or a lighter version of your wall.

Paint a feature wall

Select one wall to be a feature wall and paint it with a slightly deeper or brighter colour. This draws attention and creates a sense of depth, making the room feel more spacious. Choose the wall wisely, such as the one directly opposite the entrance, or the farthest wall from the main focal point.

Utilise natural light

Ensure that you maximise natural light in the room. Keep windows uncovered or use sheer, light-coloured curtains to allow sunlight to penetrate the space. Natural light contributes to an open and airy ambiance.

Consider vertical stripes

Vertical stripes painted on walls can visually elongate the height of the room. Choose colours that are slightly different from the wall colour, but within the same colour family. Keep the stripes thin and evenly spaced for a subtle effect.

Paint everything the same colour

By using the same colour on the trim and ceiling, you create a seamless transition between walls and boundaries, giving the illusion of a larger and uninterrupted space.

Remember, while these painting techniques can create the perception of a larger room, it’s also important to declutter and arrange furniture strategically to maximise space.

Image: Benjamin Moore Paints

Colours: 2150-30 Savannah Green, OC-57 White Heron