Tips for Painting Small Rooms

A common advice for painting small rooms is to paint them white or an extreme color. While painting a room can cause a sensation of a black cave, you can choose colors with personality. You can celebrate the smallness and use deeper, or even a false end, which sometimes is overwhelming in a larger room colors. Surface faults and irregularities are also more obvious in small rooms, so prepare the walls carefully.

Choose colors

Paint the walls in a darker shade than the ceiling instead of the same color. Your eye will be drawn around the perimeter and height of the room, giving an illusion of space and more wall. Experiment with deeper natural colors, such as warm brown or mole. Instead of choosing light colors in the paint sample, look for the middle and darker tones of the same swatch. The saturated colors give warmth to small spaces, no painting makes a small room look spacious, so go for the warm and cozy atmosphere.

Decorative effects

Small rooms, such as bathrooms and washrooms, are perfect for experimenting with decor in paint or dramatic color changes. Under this premise, consider a faux marble technique, sponge effect, or proof with metallic colors. Paint the walls in a neutral and warm color, and paint one of the walls of a more intense version of that same color to give it a deep effect, or attract all the attention accentuating the architecture or the decoration, like a fireplace, mirror or a piece of art. Painting lines on the walls of a small room also “stretches” space.

Painting of frames

If the wooden moldings are painted in the room and they’re in good condition, paint it crisp white or cream to add dimension and accentuate it. If they aren’t in good condition, paint them the same color as the walls, or a subtly lighter shade.

Careful preparation

Completely empty the room before you begin, this will avoid stumbling on furniture or splashing over your belongings while you paint. Prepare all surfaces carefully, imperfections are most noticeable in small rooms. Wash the walls with water and a little soap, and fill the cracks and holes with putty. Sand the repairs and run your hand over the surface to feel how much softer it is. If you need to blend textures, get spray cans spray texture that will match most common doors or ceiling textures. Spread general-purpose latex walls before painting.