Using Color To Change The Size Of Your Bedroom
you ever wish your bedroom was bigger or smaller? Well if you don’t
have enough money to change the actual size of the room, then you
can use paint to make the bedroom seem bigger or smaller.
By Lee Dobbins
Paint is well known as one of the least expensive
and easiest ways to change the look of any room, but if you pick
your colors carefully you can give the space a new feel as well
as a new look. Certain colors can make your bedroom walls feel
closer or farther away.
If you have a small bedroom and you want it to
feel more spacious, then consider painting the walls a receding
color. These are the blue – green – purpleish colors
and any combination thereof. Look at a basic color wheel –
you’ll see that those colors are all next to each other
on one side. You probably want to avoid the darkest of these combinations,
however as painting a room in very dark tones can make it look
If you want to make a large bedroom feel more
cozy, then paint the walls advancing colors. These are the colors
on the other side of the color wheel – the reds, oranges
and yellow. Bright warm colors will close in the space and make
the room seem cheerful and cozy. Also if you have a large cavernous
room with a very high ceiling, consider painting the ceiling a
medium or dark color which will make bring the appearance back
down to a normal height.
When painting your bedroom, make sure you buy
enough paint to do the job! Consider how many coats you will need.
A dark color may need several coats. IF you are trying to paint
a light color over a dark, you may need to use some primer and
also a couple of coats. 1 gallon of paint can do about 400 square
feet so keep this in mind. To measure your room, go around the
edge of all the walls with a measuring tape and record the total
width. Measure the height from floor to ceiling and multiply by
total width to get the square footage. Measure all the doors and
window opening and subtract this from the total square footage
(or not, it’s always a good idea to have a little extra
paint then not enough!).
Don’t forget to protect your wood moldings
with painters tape, remove all the covers from the electrical
outlets and plugs and cover the floor and furniture with drop
Lee Dobbins is owner and editor of Bedroom
Designs And Decorations where you can learn more about bedroom
colors and decorating schemes.