How to Make a Tiny Nursery Look Bigger

Lullaby 12/15/2014

Do you have a teeny-tiny nursery, but dreams of decor grandeur? If you can’t tear down walls to open up the space, paint can do amazing things including tricking your eye into thinking a room is bigger than it is! It’s easy, inexpensive, and delivers amazing results. Here’s how to make a tiny nursery look bigger using some simple tricks with paint:

  1. Choose light paint colors. Creams and shades of white reflect light making a room brighter, which also makes it appear larger. If whites and creams are too blah for your taste, choose one wall for a splash of light color.
  2. Use cool hues. Our brains perceive colors differently. Warm colors, like red, orange, and yellow, tend to draw in a space and make it feel smaller. Alternatively, cool colors like blue, green, and violet, tend to recede or move away and make a space seem more open. (If you have your heart set on a warm color, choose a tint that’s dampened with some cool tones and is very washed out.)
  3. Create an optical illusion with stripes. If your room is narrow, paint horizontal stripes on the walls to make it look wider. Similarly, if you have a low ceiling, try vertical stripes on the walls to make the ceiling seem higher.
  4. Paint trim and moldings lighter than the walls. When moldings and trim are lighter than the walls, the walls looks as if they’re further back. Once again making your room appear bigger.
  5. Keep things monochromatic. Use one color scheme, in different shades and textures, on the furniture, flooring, and walls to keep things “clean,” which also creates the illusion of space.
  6. Paint the ceiling a bright color. Painting the ceiling in a brighter or bolder color than the rest of the room draws the eye upwards which will make the ceilings seem higher so the whole room feels bigger.
  7. Paint the floor with stripes. Stripes have a way of making a room feel like it goes on forever and doing them on the floor will add a nice pop of color.
  8. Paint a large mural with a lot of depth. Painting a woodland scene with critters off in the distance will keep the eye straining off into the horizon – making you feel like you’re in a much larger space.
Do you have your own tricks for making a small space appear larger? Share them in the comments for others to learn from!