Space is a luxury. Though we all have our own preferences for the perfect room size, sometimes, we can’t help but wish a room was more spacious than it actually is. In making a small room feel larger, brighter, and airier, color and light are your allies. The right colors can better reflect light around the room creating the effect of a bigger space.


These Paint Colors Expand a Room and Make It Look Bigger

White is no doubt a no-brainer for making a space feel airier and bigger as it’s the best at amplifying light. It also makes for a fresh home with a neat and clean backdrop for your other items.

However, stark whites can be overwhelming and blinding, especially if you’re staying in the room for long periods of time. To avoid this, go for whites with a warm undertone instead of blue-tinged whites. Warm whites are not only softer on the eyes but will also lend the space a subtle coziness. Great for Scandinavian and #TeamPuti style interiors too.


These Paint Colors Expand a Room and Make It Look Bigger

If you’re looking for a close alternative to white, consider neutrals like cream, beige, and gray in light tones. The color science is the same in how they’re able to make a room look larger. In paler shades, they reflect light.

Where plain white can sometimes be boring, these neutrals add character and interest to a space. They’re approachable and quietly elegant. If you want to try a bit of color on your walls these are easy picks too as they also pair well with most other hues.


These Paint Colors Expand a Room and Make It Look Bigger

Get a bit more daring with pastel hues like pale blues, soft sea greens, and dainty pinks. They expand the space and give off a sense of calmness and ease. They’re just the thing for those looking to be more creative with their interior design choices.

Pastels also feel refreshing and can act as stress relievers after a long tiring day. They cool areas down while remaining inviting and welcoming.

The Takeaway

Choose colors that can reflect light which in turn can make a room look brighter and airier. Darker colors absorb light and create shadows. These combined make the walls feel closer and the space more cramped.

With that said, your preference trumps everything else. If you would like to go for vibrant or deep hues, then go right ahead! What’s important is that you’re happy with your home.

Like a paint color you see above? You can get all of the hues we featured here by heading to a Boysen Mix and Match station near you (list of locations here). Just remember to ask to see a swatch of the hue in person before having a batch mixed as colors can appear differently when viewed through a digital screen.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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