Cre­at­ing il­lu­sions of space

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Beautiful Homes -

A RULE of thumb is that lighter colours make rooms seem big­ger whereas darker colours make them seem smaller. So, if you want to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space in your din­ing room, creams and yel­lows will open it up.

And if you want your bed­room to ap­pear as a warm, com­fort­able cave, an es­pe­cially use­ful il­lu­sion if you have trou­ble sleep­ing at night, go wild with a deep red or dark blue wall or two.

A non-paint trick is to dis­guise and shrink large pieces of fur­ni­ture by mak­ing them the same colour as the walls. So for a dark sofa against a light wall, use a light throw. If you have large cup­boards, give them a coat of paint.

If you live in an older house with a ceil­ing that’s a lit­tle too high for com­fort, paint­ing it a shade or two darker than the walls will ap­pear to bring it down.

The re­verse is true too – paint­ing your ceil­ing a lit­tle lighter than the walls will make it seem higher, length­en­ing your walls.

Should you choose to hire a pro­fes­sional pain­ter, or if you are a dab hand with a brush your­self, you might want to con­sider “lift­ing” your ceil­ing by paint­ing your walls with a colour that light­ens as it works its way up the wall.

You can cre­ate a sim­i­lar ef­fect by putting up some mould­ings.

Run th­ese a foot or so from the ceil­ing and then paint the walls un­der­neath the mould­ings in slightly darker colours be­low the mould­ings and use lighter shades above the mould­ings and on the ceil­ings.

— TNS

Paint­ing your ceil­ing a lit­tle lighter than the walls will make it seem higher.

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