Here are paint palettes and designer tips that can make your space look bigger.

White: The Go-To Color

Chances are you’re going to say that if you paint your small condo white, your space is going to look bigger. You are right.

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Paint Walls, Baseboards and Other Trims the Same Light Color

If you make the surface one color, white or other light neutrals, then nothing stops your eye. Baseboards, moldings, door and window trimmings, jambs, inside shutters, panels — if all these are the same light color as the wall, then there is just one expanse and you don’t see the boundaries so it makes the space seem bigger.

However, if you do too much of one color, including the furniture, then it can come out looking bland or cold. So do try to have touches of color in your furnishings.

Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint.

Use Other Trendy Paint Palettes

White is not the only color that makes a room look more spacious.

Try other trendy colors like soft, pale greys, especially for rooms that have natural light streaming in. Painting it with a light grey makes the room still appear roomy and bright.

Another color making a splash now is sage. It’s hailed as the new neutral and the palest of sage is similar to a very light celadon and mint, other trendy colors. Having this pale blue-green color is another way to create that illusion of space. An added benefit is the natural color, which makes the room look bigger and bright.

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Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint.

Go Monochromatic

The white baseboard and cream walls go very well with the white cabinets and curtains, and the light wooden table. It’s a space that looks fresh and inviting. Even the tabby cat right smack in the center belongs in this room, with his markings taking on the colors of the room 😀

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Use Paint to Change the Shape of the Room

If you have a narrow space, and most studios in condos are like that, you can paint the shorter ends a color which is a shade darker than the longer sides. This ‘widens’ the shape of the room so it becomes less rectangular. Why is that? It is because lighter colors recede, while darker colors advance, seemingly moving that shorter surface closer to you.

Paint Stripes to Create Height or Width

Whichever way you’d like your room to expand, either vertically or horizontally, stripes are your friends so paint them on your walls. Besides, they add visual interest.

Vertical strips makes a space look taller
Horizontal stripes makes a space look wider

Paint Adjacent Rooms the Same Color

Paint adjacent rooms the same color so that the eye is led from room to room with ease. If you don’t want to do that, then stick to the same hues and just change the color saturation.

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Annie H Adlawan
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Annie is an unrepentant workaholic, who runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions. She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special.

10 Comments

    • Annie H Adlawan

      Happy New Year, Chang! From our expert, in answer to your question: “We don’t have any additives for it to be “dust proof”. You can use high sheen paints for better cleanability. Or Virtuoso, a good mix of easy clean function and low sheen aesthetic.” For more tips, please read this post – http://www.myboysen.com/paint-finishes/.

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    Nonilon Cataluna Reply

    Hi meron po ba ang boysen na paint yo g ready na sya ipaint sa concrete wall yong caramel kagaya po ng paint ng jollibee exterior

    • Annie H Adlawan

      Happy New Year Nonilon. This is a reply from our technical expert.

      Clarification lang, ang pipinturahan mo ba ay interior o exterior concrete wall?

      Kung interior concrete wall, pwede kang gumamit ng isa sa mga sumusunod na produkto:

      1. BOYSEN Permacoat Latex Paint
      >> Pwede mong makita ang product details, instructions at colors nito sa: http://bit.ly/1p0Nfou

      2. BOYSEN Healthy Home Odor-less Antibacterial Latex Paint
      >> Pwede mong makita ang product details, instructions at colors nito sa: http://bit.ly/1rcql8K

      3. Virtuoso Silk Touch
      >> Pwede mong makita ang product details, instructions at colors nito sa: http://virtuosopaints.com/

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      Kung exterior concrete wall naman, pwede kang gumamit ng isa sa mga sumusunod na produkto:

      1. BOYSEN Permacoat Latex Paint
      >> Pwede mong makita ang product details, instructions at colors nito sa: http://bit.ly/1p0Nfou

      2. Titan Superflex Elastomeric Paint
      >> Pwede mong makita ang product details, instructions at colors nito sa: http://bit.ly/1iEJcV2

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    Hello po, Ano pwde nnyo matulong sa akin sa bahay ko. Gus2 ng miss young light green or mint green and combination of white andfor interior.

    • Annie H Adlawan

      Happy New Year, Al! Here’s the answer from our expert.

      Clarification lang, gawa sa anong material ang iyong interior wall (ex: semento / kahoy / dyrwall)? At may existing paint na ba ito?

      So that mas madali ang response namin, please email directly to ask@myboysen.com, Al.

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    Sheryl pacuin Reply

    What is the best color paint inside the house.. Is it matte paint or the glossy one. Same with the exterior paint.

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    Meron po bng color na aqua or turquise ang boysen? Ano po nakaname sa lata… Tnx

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