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How to choose colour for difficult rooms

Have you got a room in your house that you really dislike the look of and no matter what you do you just can’t make it look good.  

Maybe you have a dark room and you want to brighten it up, maybe it is an awkward shape and you want to change the proportions.

Did you know you can use colour to change the proportions of a room just by differing the tone or the temperature (warm or cool) of a colour?

Read on to find out some great tricks to changing the look of your room through colour and give it a more balanced look.

Which room in your home gives you a headache?

Using different tones of colour can change the look of the room and make it look more in proportion.  Playing with light and dark colours on different areas of your room can really make a big difference to how it looks.  

The temperature of a colour, the warmth or coolness, can also have an impact on how your room looks.  Warm colours advance and cool colours recede so you can use this to manipulate a room's appearance.

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Here are some examples of the types of rooms you may have in your home that cause your grief.

A small, slightly claustrophobic room that gets minimal or no natural light and looks dark and dingy.

Dark walls and ceiling make a room feel intimate

There are a couple of ways you can deal with this type of room.

You can lighten it up as much as possible with light tones on walls, ceiling and floor to make it feel brighter and reflect light.  

Another option is to embrace the size and lack of light and make it an intimate and cozy space.  You can use a warmer, darker tone on walls and ceiling and a medium colour on the floor. Try using lighter toned accessories and fixtures to bring some lightness into the room.  An example of this is a bathroom with darker walls, ceiling and floors and a white vanity and some metallic tapware for light reflection.

This will give a room a dramatic but intimate feel and a sense of luxury.

A narrow room can be made to feel wider by painting the walls a light tone, such as white or light grey and keep the floor a darker tone.  This will give the illusion of a wider room but the darker floor will ground the space and give it definition.

A short narrow space can be made to feel bigger by painting the walls a lighter colour and placing a mirror on the end wall.  This gives the illusion of a longer, more spacious room and reflects light so it will look brighter.  

Mirrors can also be used to reflect a beautiful view. If you place it across from a window that has a lovely, green outlook the view will also be seen in the mirror and an add interest to a space.

Light walls and ceiling and darker floor make a room feel wider

To shorten a long narrow hallway or room paint the end wall in a dark or warm colour to make it appear closer.   This will make the room feel shorter as the end wall will advance into the room.

Low ceilings will feel higher by painting them a lighter colour than the walls and the floor. Using a cooler colour will also have a similar effect.

The opposite of this can be used for very high ceilings that you want to make feel lower to close the space in and make it feel more intimate. By painting the ceiling a darker, warmer tone than the walls it will give the impression of a lower ceiling. 

A darker ceiling makes it feel lower

These are inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of a room as you can do it yourself and paint is a cheap solution.  So if you have a problem room you want to give a lift,  give one of these tricks a go.

I would love to hear about the rooms in your home that you want to change the proportions of, so share your comments below.

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Happy decorating.

 Trudi x

23 November 2017

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