When it comes to decorating smaller homes, design trickery is your best friend, says Resene colour consultant Nikki Morris.
– a Resene expert explains how to use colour to make your home appear bigger
Using colours with a high light reflectance value can help bounce the natural light around the space and give it the illusion of being larger, brighter and more spacious. Colours from the Resene Metallics and Special Eects range, including Resene Scotty Silver and Resene Stun, are perfect for paler hues.
Glossy surfaces, which reflect light, are ideal for small rooms, particularly when using inky paint colours, including Resene Dalek and Resene Magnetic.
Use a higher gloss nish on darker elements, such as kitchen cabinetry, built-in shelving and replace surrounds, but keep the walls in a low-sheen nish to offset the gloss differences.