"While a small space can be a relief when it comes to the amount of effort required, it never is as easy as most people think. The wrong color can make your limited space look cramped, and so can the wrong painting technique."

How to Paint An Interior with Limited Space

Painting an interior, while often underestimated by some, can completely alter how a room is viewed, especially when it comes to size. If you have a small space, you might have thought you were in luck at first, only to realize that you were wrong later on, and that’s completely normal.

While a small space can be a relief when it comes to the amount of effort required, it never is as easy as most people think. The wrong color can make your limited space look cramped, and so can the wrong painting technique.

There are, however, many visual tricks that you can use to make the most out of your limited space only by using paint. Here you’ll find the tips you’ll need to paint a stunning interior without worrying about the small space or any other limitations.

Try Going Monochromatic

A monochromatic color scheme is that which uses one color and only one. It may sound a little boring upon first consideration, but you should think it over, and here is why.

Colors that are noticeably different will counteract each other, and instead of giving off a sense of unity, they will emphasize the limitations of your space. Meanwhile, a single color will provide a sense of harmony and an illusion of space. A clever thing to do here is to play with the contrast from different shades of your choice color.

Nevertheless, you should know that going with white paint is not a guarantee for a spacious look. It can sometimes be counter-intuitive, but that depends on how you use white and your general taste, too. Some people feel that white paint gives off a cold, harsh, and sterile vibe, while others feel different about it.

If you’re considering white paint, pay extra attention to the “white” you’re choosing because the color’s undertones matter. Plus, depending on your access to natural light, you might need to combine a little color. It’s because white is reflective, which can sometimes be too much if the sun happens to always be in your room.

Geometry is your Friend

You may have heard that phrase before from your math teacher, which is why you don’t believe it now, but this time we promise that it’s true. By painting in geometric patterns or shapes, you can control perception and where people pay attention.

If you use shapes to lead the eyes towards the sides and the ceiling, then you would have done a great job. To get the look you want, you’ll need to incorporate some shading or grading that can only be done by professionals, but if you live in Ohio, it shouldn’t be a problem.

If you also don’t happen to have the time and skill to invest in such a project, you could use a local company to paint your house. That way, you’ll get the job done professionally and with minimal hassle. Plus, local companies have two advantages: the know-how for using geometry in their designs and enough local experience to know what works best with houses like yours.

That being said, if you’re going to choose a pattern, make sure you go with something that gives dimension; criss-cross patterns and straight lines do that best.

Go with Dark Colors

It is commonly believed that light colors are the ones that promote the appearance of spaciousness, but that, like other common beliefs, is a misconception. Dark colors have been scientifically proven to promote space based on two factors.

When the mind is presented with space, an image, or a scene, it arranges elements according to many factors. One of those factors is brightness. We are more likely to prioritize light colors than dark ones and well-lit areas than unlit areas.

To translate this into a live example, if you’re looking at an off-white couch in front of a brown wall, the dark-light contrast, combined with our natural perception of colors, will emphasize the depth.

The second fact that research proved was that when dark colors are used as a background, they make other colors pop. So, a little space between your light furniture and your dark wall can intensify the color of your furniture, which, in turn, will highlight the contrast between lights and darks and make your space seem larger than it is.

If, after painting, you realize that the room looks too dark, you can easily put a dent in the darkness using mirrors, strategically placed soft lights, and wall art. Not only will these elements add contrast, but they will make your space seem much bigger.

Raise the Roof

The secret to painting a small space isn’t just about the four walls. The ceiling matters a great deal, too. For example, a ceiling that heavily contrasts with your walls’ color can make it appear lower and your room smaller. Meanwhile, if your ceiling is painted in a lighter, cooler shade than the rest of the room, it will seem higher up. It is also a bonus if you can paint your ceiling the same as the walls.

Another technique that some people use is painting the top few inches of your walls with the ceiling’s color, which gives the ceiling an elongated effect. It also goes without saying that if you have crown molding, get rid of it. It makes the ceiling seem lower, and in a cramped space, it makes the walls seem shorter, as well.

As you can see, painting a cramped interior is an easy job, especially for a pro who knows their colors and tools. This brings us to the one thing you need to consider before you or the company you’ve hired starts on the job. Don’t cut corners when choosing your colors, even if you find the process taking longer than it should.

There are software programs you can use to preview your colors of choice in a virtual space. You can also pick from a color swatch, or if you have your mindset on painting the space, you can try a few paint streaks here and there to see if it works. Remember that the key to a successful paint job is the careful color selection.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you branding agency, Employed By Life Online.
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