There are so many theories out there about paint colours and how to use them within small spaces. In this blog we will take a look at some of our top tips on how to use paint to maximise your space; you might be surprised!
“Dark colours will enclose my space” - This isn’t exactly always true. Sometimes going darker on the walls, depending on the colour, can actually make your walls recede and make the lighter trims pop. If you have thought about going bold with a dark colour I generally find that cooler tones will recede while warmer tones can intrude into the space. If you have high ceilings then I would say go for gold! However if your ceiling is lower, keep in mind that a dark wall colour is going to emphasis the lack of height in your room where it meets the white ceiling and trims.
Balance dark toned rooms out with light furniture and accessories. Keep the colour pallet simple and introduce texture and pattern to soften and inject some personality and life into the overall space.
If you are working within a space, such as a bedroom that is an internal room, which has no natural light, it is important to remember dark colours will absorb light, not reflect it. So in that case I would agree with “dark walls will enclose your space” – however, with a great lighting scheme you can create a dark, moody hideaway, which can look fantastic if done correctly! On the other hand, you might have an abundance of natural light – this would be the ideal scenario if you were thinking about introducing a dark colour, as natural light can provide some relief to create that perfect harmonious balance.
If you are working with a shorter ceiling height and a cramped space, a simple trick when selecting paint colours is to paint your skirting boards, architraves and cornices the same colour, and the ceiling a shade of two lighter, to visually extend the height of the room and blur the lines between where it stops and starts. By using this technique you are creating a blank canvas so when you introduce furniture the emphasis is on the objects providing a nice distraction from the boundaries of the space.
The reason we paint the ceiling a shade or two lighter than the walls is when you look at the same paint colour on a vertical wall and then on a horizontal plane, the ceiling will always look darker due to how the light works within a room. By going lighter on the ceiling we can make the colours appear more equal.
A lot of homes and offices have some sort of open plan styled living/functionality. When working within a small open plan space, such as an apartment or small commercial office, consistency is key. By pulling the wall, trims and ceiling colour through every space you create a space that has flow and appears at its maximum possible size. If you were to paint different ‘zones’ alternating colours, you break the space in to visual blocks, which will make your space appear smaller than what it actually is. In medium to large sized offices you can get away with breaking the space up with colour to signify way finding and an indication to where differnt zones are, such as meeting rooms or communal spaces.
White is always a fail-safe option. I personally love the ‘white-out’ look which is as the name suggests, is all white. All furniture and accessories also white, but heavily textured to insert some personality and life. I think this look makes any small space reach its full potential in scale and creates a dreamy atmosphere that’s bright and positive to be in.
At the end of the day, there really are no 'rules' as to what you can and can't do, only guidelines and suggestions. Paint is an amazing way to inject your personality and sense of style into your home or office! you can use it in so many different ways depending on what you want to achieve in your space. If you need any assistance with colour consulting, we are here to help! We can assist with colour selections for residential and commercial projects, inside and out. Get in touch with us today to book your colour consultation!