Make A Room Seem Bigger: Use Metallic Paints

012209shimmer-01.jpgLast week we helped a friend paint her living room (before and after pics coming soon!). Since the space is quite small and has a few big pieces of furniture, the space felt cramped with little room to breathe. To make the space seem more open, our friend decided to paint the walls a glittering gold hue--and it turned out amazing. We've rounded up a few spaces from previous AT posts to give you some inspiration!

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If you didn't have a chance to check out this full post from AT; Chicago, definitely take a quick glance. They've posted a before photo of this bedroom's white walls and we're amazed at what a little gold paint can do. Not only does the gold paint liven up the white walls, the wide stripe of paint defines the space.
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You don't have to paint your walls one hundred percent metallic--a hint of a shimmer works just as well. Take for instance this ColorTherapy post. The light bounces off the walls creating a soft glow that will make any space feel bigger instantly.
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Frottage, a painting technique, is used here with dark undertones mixed with a layer of shimmer to make this room expand.
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We love the instant glam effect that this silver metallic paint has on the kitchen walls. While we do love how metallic paint instantly opens up a room, make sure to prep your walls and smooth out any flaws. Glossy paint tends to overexpose a wall's imperfections.

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[Image on first page from Ralph Lauren]