Hot Tip: Make Your Small Room Tall with White Space

Hot Tip: Make Your Small Room Tall with White Space

Landis Carey
Apr 25, 2011

We've all heard the advice that white walls make a small room seem larger and taller. That's fine, but what if you like color and can't live without it? Many of us feel this way so here's news to say: There's a way to make your small room tall while still enjoying your yellow, green or blue hues. Read on!

Leaving eight to ten inches of white space above your colored walls, whether your space has molding or not, will make your room seem taller and brighter. This white space will confuse the eye, making it immediately difficult to determine where the wall ends and the ceiling begins.

When entering a room where this trick has been implemented, you get an incredible sense of airy-ness where the white space above seems to glow.

In the image above, you'll notice part of the wall has molding and part doesn't. Oh, the joys of the 1911-built walk-up I used to live in. Take a look at how you barely notice the missing trim. The paint line tricks your eye into seeing something that's not really there.

Leaving eight to ten inches of white space is a great way to maintain lightness while adding color, even when working with crooked ceilings and uneven walls. It also gives you a chance to perfect any imperfections.

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(Images: dwellings and decor, Landis Carey)

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