Can Paint Colors Make Spaces Look Larger?

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Can Paint Colors Make Spaces Look Larger?

Using the Right Paint Color to Make Your Space Look Larger

Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, but sometimes a little extra space can make all the difference for both residential and commercial properties. Most of us enjoy the ability to stretch out and breathe easier, so we may feel for comfortable in larger spaces. However, once a building is constructed, there is only so much space to work with, unless you decide to tear down walls and expand your property. 

While there is no magical way to make an existing space larger, there are a number of ways to make it appear and feel larger. You can remove or reposition furniture and objects, install windows or increase the size of existing windows, add multiple light sources, and/or utilize certain paint colors. On this last note, you might wonder how paint colors can make spaces look larger. Let’s examine this phenomenon further.

Color, Light, and Visual Processing

To understand how and why certain paint colors can apparently transform a space, it helps to know a bit about how light and colors work and how our brains interpret visual stimuli. Without getting too technical, different colors are simply manifestations of different wavelengths of light energy. When we see a white object, this means all wavelengths of visible light are reflected or given off by the object. On the other hand, black objects indicate that all wavelengths of visible light are consumed or absorbed and converted into heat.

As far as visual processing goes, our eyes can only take in a certain spectrum of light and send that information to our brain. When we see lighter colors, which are more reflective, our brains interpret the object as larger and more open. Darker colors, because they reflect less light, make objects appear more defined and smaller. Of course, it’s all an illusion. The same room is no bigger or smaller when painted black, white, red, or any other color. But our brains will convince us otherwise.

Which Colors Make Spaces Appear Larger?

Simply put, then, lighter colors make spaces look larger, and darker colors make spaces look smaller. When commercial painters are tasked with making a facility or office appear more open, they will often go for lighter shades, such as whites, light grays and blues, beiges, etc.

Keep in mind, however, that making a space appear larger isn’t just about the colors you choose. It’s also about the amount of natural light that enters the space, as well as aforementioned factors like placement of furniture and equipment. That said, investing in commercial interior painting is a powerful first step for transforming a space.

Why Lighten Up?

What are some of the benefits of using paint to make your commercial space appear bigger? The answer will depend on the needs of your business and employees. In an office setting, for instance, a space that feels larger and more open might increase productivity, lower stress, and boost morale. Choosing lighter office wall colors, then, might make sense for your bottom line. Of course, light colors might not be best for all areas of your office. You might consider different office paint color ideas for, say, a conference room (like green or orange) or break room to create some separation between the main work room and other locations.

For industrial facilities, lighter painted walls can also help create contrast between equipment, floor lines, and personnel, creating a safer and more efficient work environment. In this way, industrial painting goes beyond mere aesthetic concerns and becomes quite the practical matter.

Long story short: using lighter paint colors can indeed make spaces look larger. More importantly, investing in commercial painting can make your business more efficient and your facility safer. Team up with a painting contractor like Kaloutas Painting who will keep your needs in mind every step of the way. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us here and give us a call at 978-532-1414.

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