How to Paint a Small Space


Everyone likes to feel cozy … but there’s a limit! As nice as it is to feel safe and snug, spending too much time in a room that’s too small can be uncomfortable and even stressful. If you’ve got a room like that in your Summit home, you’ve likely spent hours trying to figure out what to do about it. Every room of your Summit home should be enjoyed to its fullest potential and function, but the problem with a space that’s too small is that you often avoid even entering it, and you end up not spending any time in it at all. That’s just unacceptable. But what can you do about a room that’s just too small? Interior painting can very well be the answer. The fact is that there are all sorts of interior painting tricks that can help make that tiny space feel larger. Sure, it’ll still be the same size, but it won’t feel so cramped and unpleasant anymore.

Choosing colors, patterns, and textures

As with any interior painting project, the first step is choosing paint colors. But, what a lot of people don’t consider when painting is the different textures and decorative effects they can use. Of course, the bad thing about small rooms is, well, they’re small. But, the good news, especially when painting, is that their small size can often make them more amenable to some of the decorative techniques and effects that might be too overwhelming in a larger room. When choosing paint colors, think lighter, brighter, and bolder to give small rooms a more roomy feel. Try a shade or two darker on the walls than on the ceiling. Cheery colors that are softer, such as pastels, will help make the room feel larger. Another trick for painting small rooms is to add a texture and/or a pattern or design. This puts the focus on the design itself, rather than on the size of the room. Added textures such as sponge painting or faux marble effects can also make small areas feel less cramped. Finally, painting trim with stark whites or even metallics that are significantly lighter than the other colors in the room adds dimension.

Choosing areas to paint

Decide which areas of the room you will paint with which colors, textures, and designs. Choose a focal point in the room that will drive attention away from the size of the room. This focal wall or other focal point can either be painted lighter or darker. This will help to add depth to the room. For instance, choose a focal wall to paint a darker shade than the other walls for dramatic effect. This helps to create the illusion of more living area. You might also consider painting with stripes or even flowers, as these can help to create this same illusion. In fact, small areas can often take decorative additions such as flowers, especially if they are placed on just one wall for focus. As mentioned above, another helpful hint when choosing areas to paint in a small room that will help to make it feel larger is to paint trim and accents such as base boards, chair rails, and/or lighting fixtures with white or a much brighter, more vivid color than is on the rest of the room. This effect also helps to add depth.

You’ve heard the expression, ‘snug as a bug in a rug,’ right? Well, this is only an expression. Everyone knows it means that something gives you a feeling of warmth, safety, coziness. No one actually wants to feel that snug. Nobody wants to walk into any room in their Summit home only to feel like a bug trapped inside a rug. If you’ve got a room in your Summit house that you avoid because it just feels too cramped and restrictive, it’s possible that all you need to do is to employ a few interior painting tricks to make it feel bigger. Of course, painting that tiny room won’t actually add any extra square footage to your home, but if you and your family avoid using that room because of the uncomfortable feeling you get from it, painting it will add extra living space! Contact a top house painting contractor in Summit for more tips and assistance on painting small areas.

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