Room size in considering color

November 30, 2016

Choosing a color for a room can seem like an easy task, but sometimes the size can ge

hter color. A large room, as a general rule, doesn’t always benefit from a bright color, either. Different colors can feel exasperatingly overwhelming, especially in large rooms or a room where a person spends a lot of time. Bright, clean, open colors work best in larger rooms.

Smaller rooms, on the other hand, can honestly be painted any color in any tone. These little gems can provide a change of mood from one room to another, and offer respite and tranquili

t the best of us.

A room can be painted any color of the rainbow, but a large room painted in a darker color is going to feel more closed, more constraining, and smaller than it could be if it were painted a ligty, and a chance to escape to something different. That bold, bright orange, for example, would work well in a linen closet or pantry area. A soothing, gemstone blue would be amazing in a small bath.

These are general rules, and when it comes to your home, the rules can always be broken. There are many reasons to choose a color in a room, and the size is only one piece of the puzzle.

A fabulous example of breaking the ‘rules’ are accent walls. I especially love accent walls for medium sized rooms to add another dimension to the parade. Sometimes, rooms are just large enough for what we need them for, and not much more. Adding an accent wall adds the color you crave in the room, adds the character you want, without overwhelming. Matching your accent wall to your decor, while complimenting the primary color is the goal. You want to feel like its a room you own, not just another room you have to take care of. Much of the charm of accent walls is having exactly the color you want without the overwhelming feel you get when you have too much of that color.

Another way to break the rules, if you are truly interested in a color which does not promote the feel you want in a room, is to create or accent a focal point. For example, if you have a gorgeous view in a large window that can be seen from any angle in the room, a lightly colored panel accent can be combined with a darker color in a room to draw your eyes toward the focal point of the room. The same could be said for a beautiful fireplace, painting, or chandelier. Creating darkness in a room to draw attention to something lighter is a magnificent way to display and showcase your treasures.

Dark room with bright focal point

Dark room with bright focal point


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