Make A Room Seem Bigger: Use Metallic Paints

Make A Room Seem Bigger: Use Metallic Paints

Beth Zeigler
Jan 22, 2009

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!


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.

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.

Frottage, a painting technique, is used here with dark undertones mixed with a layer of shimmer to make this room expand.

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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