There’s more to choosing a wall colour than you’d think


Choosing a colour for your walls is one of the important decorating tips you can make. Is there any other décor choice that will have such a profound effect on the look and feel of a room?

You might think the simplest thing to do is just default to plain white. While you generally can’t go wrong with white, are you aware of all the ways you can manipulate space with your wall colour?

If you want to create a bright, spacious room

If you want a bright and spacious-feeling room, then sticking to white is probably a good choice, especially if you have a lot of natural light. White walls reflect light and make rooms feel airy. You can multiply this effect by using a lot of mirrors.

If this is the effect you want in your room, you can also draw attention to your windows, perhaps with potted plants. Make sure you don’t block your windows with heavy drapes.

You don’t have to stick to white though. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with bright colours to achieve a similar effect. Sure white can play up natural lighting, but it could also make some rooms look sterile. White is great for open airy spaces, but a colourful wall will brighten up a dark room.

Just remember that if you going to use colour on your walls, keep your ceiling white so you don’t feel “boxed in.”

If you want a warm, cosy room

If you want a cost space then use rich, warm, darker colours. Again, however, keep the ceiling white, otherwise you will feel like you’re in a cave.

If the room is already on the dark side, whether because of its location in the house or because of a lack of natural lighting, then you might want to think twice about using a dark colour. What you could do though is paint one wall a dark colour and leave the rest white.

To make dark walls work well in a room, try not to have too many colours vying for attention. A crowded room always feels smaller.

If the room feels too small

You can change how “big” a room feels with the clever application of paint. No need to knock down any walls! For instance, you can paint the mouldings a lighter colour to make the walls look further back. This gives the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is.

You could also just paint one wall only a deep colour, thus creating an accent wall, which gives the illusion of depth.

Make wall colour and furniture work together

There are great effects you can achieve simply with paint, but remember to take into account the rest of the room as well, particularly the furniture. Together, the walls and furniture make the contour of a room, so it is good to think of them together.

For instance, if you want to create the sensation of space, keep your furniture and walls the same colour to make the room look wider than it is.

If you have white walls, it is a good idea to create a focal point in the room. In a bedroom that would usually be the bed, so have fun with the colour and texture of your blankets and pillows, while keeping the rest of the decor simple.

As you can see, choosing a wall colour isn’t just about what colour you like. It’s also about the affect you want to create in a room and how to best use the space you have to work with.


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