Sometimes you want to change the look, appearance, or overall feel of a room without making any structural changes.
Did you know that by choosing the right interior paint you can significantly alter how a room appears? Or even without doing any major repairs or renovations?
Here, we look at some great tips to help expand your rooms aesthetically and make your ceilings appear higher. You can seemingly gain extra room without changing the dimensions of the area at all.
Clever Use of Ceiling Color
Using interior paint on the ceiling that is a lighter color than the walls can “raise the roof.” Dark colors appear to press down, whereas light colors draw the eye up.
White interior paint is the best option to use if you want this effect for your ceiling. Some interior designers also suggest extending the paint line down the walls a little to further enhance the high ceiling effect.
The jury is out on whether gloss or matte finishes are best. Some experts state that high-gloss paint is best because it reflects light and makes the ceiling appear less static.
Other people swear by matte finishes as they believe this will help the ceiling blend in more. Whichever you choose, ensure you pick a high-quality interior paint with which to cover your ceiling.
Vertical Paint Stripes
Just as a person wearing clothes with vertical stripe designs can appear to be taller, rooms can also benefit from this handy trick.
By using masking tape to mark out the stripes and applying alternative lines of flat and semi-gloss interior paint, you can add an extra feature to your room. This trendy effect also adds height to the space.
Be sure to measure carefully. Think of the old adage, measure twice and cut once. Though in this instance, you’re measuring twice and painting once.
You will need a steady hand for this trick. If you don’t think your DIY skills are up to the task, ask a professional for help.
Be Careful With Contrasting Trim
Crown molding and trim can add an attractive decorative finish to a room. However, if you use contrasting paint on the trim and ceiling you could ruin the high ceiling effect you’re aiming for.
If the crown molding and trim are painted the same color as the ceiling, the ceiling will appear higher. If you are determined to have contrasting trim, consider painting the baseboards at floor level a different color.
Color can still be introduced into your room through the use of interior paint. Just ensure you don’t get too colorful at ceiling height.
Other Interior Paint Tricks
Other tips to make your ceilings appear higher with paint include using thinner crown molding and then painting the trim the same color as the ceiling.
If you really don’t want to use white for the ceiling color, choose a pastel shade in another tone. But remember to keep it light.
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