Make Your Small Room Look Bigger
18 Apr 2014
Determine the direction your room faces. Depending on where your room is facing, the amount of sunlight it receives will affect the colours you can use. For instance, a room facing the East will receive sunlight in the morning while a room facing West is more likely to feel the brunt in the afternoon. In this case, you may want to consider using cooler colours with blue undertones or whites to balance the stronger light pouring in. Otherwise, warm colours will make a darker room appear more inviting. Before you start painting, it's good to paint a few samples of colour that you like on the wall and observe how the light affects their appearance throughout the day.
Decide what you're going to use the room for. If you're only going to use the room at night e.g. study room, then choosing a suitable artificial light is important. You don't want the colours in your room to look washed out or unappealing. Consider the lights you're buying. There is a vast variety of lights out there, but here are the 3 main types: Incandescent light brings out the warmth in colours and objects. It's also the most flattering light for our skin tones etc.
They are not as eco-friendly as LED light bulbs, so they are gradually being replaced all over the world. Natural light lets you see colours accurately. For houses that do not have much of it, you can go for full spectrum lights that emulate natural light. They have a range of benefits such as helping to reduce eye strain and are energy-efficient. Fluorescent light is a bright harsh light that takes away the warmth in colours, which causes skin tones to look greyish or blue-greyish. They are great as task lights, but not so appealing as ambient lights.