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How to transform a room with the right paint colour

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Create the perfect illusion with the perfect paint colour.

Believe it or not, there's a real science to choosing paint colours. When they're used right, it can transform the size and shape of your room and even alter your mood. 

I love that colour can make major changes without ripping out a single wall. It can give a small room the illusion of more space or make a large room feel more intimate.

One way to do this is by using different coloured trims. Dark walls with lighter trims make walls look bigger, whereas light walls with darker trims make a large house feel more homey.

Now let's talk about warm and cool colours. This is another trick you can use to create illusions. Remember this - warm colours advance, cool colours recede.

Using cool colours in a small room helps the walls disappear and make the space feel larger. For instance, using a blue or green colour scheme will not only make it appear bigger, but also give it a calm, restful feel.

If you use a cool colour in a large space, you run the risk of it feeling too clinical.

One way to avoid that is to add some warmth with natural elements, like timber furniture or flooring, or a plush pile rug.

Be careful of neutral colours, which can lead to visual boredom.

Remember - if you're going for neutral walls, it's what you put with them that makes it either dull or dynamic.

 
 

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