How to Choose Paint Colors to Make a Room Flawless

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Every house comes with a few flaws — some are negligible, while some could be real eyesores and even dampen the atmosphere of an entire space. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to fix these flaws. You could just use paint to do all the work for you. You simply have to know the right paint color to use.

To Make a Too Big Room Look Cozy

Go for warm hues with a red tinge, as darker colors absorb light. This way, you make the space feel cozy by drawing the walls inward, suggests a top residential and commercial painter contractor in Salt Lake City. A warm or dark hue with a flat finish painted overhead would also make vaulted or high ceilings feel less cavernous.

To Make a Too Small Room Look Bigger

Consider cool colors with a green or blue tinge, pastels, cream, and white to reflect light and give the illusion of space. Light hues on the walls would lift the ceiling and bring the eyes up, making the space feel larger than it is. You could also go for a monochromatic color scheme, including the furnishings, to increase the look of dimensions in your space.

Likewise, you could paint horizontal or vertical stripes. Horizontal stripes draw the eyes around the room’s perimeter and make the walls look further away, while vertical stripes draw the eyes up. If you’re set on a darker color, go for one with a high-gloss sheen so that it reflects light.

To Hide Eyesores in a Room

Go for a low-contrast color palette to conceal eyesores in a room, such as pipes, radiators, conduits, etc. Choose flat or low-gloss hues, especially if you’re trying to conceal flaws in the walls since high-sheen paint reflects light and would show what you’re trying to hide.

To Dress Up Barely Noticeable Special Elements in a Room

Use white paint on crown moldings and other trimmings to make them pop against colored walls and to make another feature (like the fireplace) the focal point in a room by painting it in a hue that would contrast with the walls.

When selecting a paint color, paint it in huge swaths and on several walls to get its feel. Most importantly, see how the color looks like at different times — in the morning, noon, afternoon, and evening — to see how it plays with both natural lighting and artificial lighting. When in doubt, consult a professional to help you and discuss the options available to you.