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Do Dark Colored Walls Make a Room Feel Smaller?

Dark Colors When Painting

It's no secret that lighter colors make a room feel larger and more open. But what about darker colors? Do they have the opposite effect?

This blog will explore the effects of dark-colored walls on a room's size and mood. We'll also provide tips for painting your room with dark colors successfully.

Dark-Colored Paint

Many people ask if painting the walls in a room dark will make it feel smaller. The truth is that it depends on how each person sees and feels things. Some people may say that this makes the room feel smaller, while others may not see any difference.

What colors are considered dark? Again, this tends to be subjective, but it generally includes:

  • Black
  • Navy Blue
  • Dark Green
  • Brown
  • Burgundy
  • Eggplant

How to Paint With Dark Colors

There seems to be some debate about whether or not dark-colored walls make a room feel smaller. Either way, we suggest painting the ceiling the same color as the walls or half its strength if you want to avoid making your room feel cramped. This will help "lift" the space and make it feel more open.

Dark-colored walls can make a room feel smaller, especially if the ceiling is left light-colored. This is because the dark wall will create a clear contrast line at the ceiling, which will cause your eye to travel up the wall before stopping at that line. This can give some people a feeling of being "closed in," making the room feel smaller.

If you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or even half the strength of the walls, there is no contrast line, or at least not one that is as obvious. Your gaze will travel up the wall and onto the ceiling without coming to a halt. This should provide the lift and make the space feel larger and not so tight.

Painting Happiness in All Colors

If you're looking at color after color and not sure what works, our team can help. Contact the ALLBRiGHT PAINTING team today at (661) 464-0771 for a free consultation, and we'll be happy to walk you through the process.