Choosing the right color for your room

Finding extra space is a basic decorating challenge. Sometimes you just need to use the right color to get the impression of living in a larger space. Here are our 10 tips to choose the right color for your room.

Practical guide - 23 May 2015

Tip 1

The right impact

Colors have a strong impact on our perception of the volume of a room. Of course you won’t push back any walls by painting them white but you’ll give the impression of having more space.

Tip 2

The perfect mix

Shades of different colors will create a special atmosphere. You’ll need to find the right color combination in this respect.

Tip 3


Depending on the time of the day, the color on your room’s walls will not be reflecting the same way. Try out different shades at different hours to make sure you get the results you want.

Tip 4

Mirror effect

To give the impression that your room is larger you should try luminous colors. White ensures the best effect and the whiter a color is, the better the impression of space it will give.

Tip 5

Matt or Bright ?

Bright shades reflect light and tend to expand our view. Matt shades outline and accentuate colors.

Tip 6

Hot vs Cold

Warm colors tend to make space seem smaller. Cold colors are soothing and on the contrary, tend to make a room seem larger.

Tip 7

Strips and Frames

A colored frame on a light background makes a wall seem closer. By marking out a white frame in the middle of a dark wall, you’ll get the impression that the wall is further away. By marking out a lower and small strip of a darker color than the wall, you’ll get the impression that your room has a higher ceiling. A light base combined with a darker color on the top part of a wall will reduce reduce the effect of a high ceiling.

Tip 8

The ceiling

You can create some perspectives by playing with wall, floor and ceiling colors. To make your ceiling seem lower, you can paint it the same color as your walls or with a darker shade.

Tip 9


White or light walls tend to enlarge the size of a room. Combined with a dark back wall, you’ll increase your field of vision.

Tip 10


On the contrary, a light back wall combined with dark side walls give a sense of depth.

In a nutshell

Combining different colors on different colors seem to be the latest trend. It’s the best way to play with a room’s volume.

But don’t jump into sharp color combinations, you’re likely to get tired of it.

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