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Big, Colorful Ideas For Small Spaces

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Making a small room appear larger can be as simple as using color  creatively. To add some breathing room to a compact space, all you need are  some colorful ideas.

“Color is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to transform the look  and feel of a room,” says David Bromstad, HGTV® star and celebrity interior  designer. “When used in a few well-chosen places, such as a feature wall or  statement piece of furniture, color can have a big impact in a small space.”

Bromstad offers these color tips for transforming a space from tiny to  airy:

Create a focal point with paint. Paint  a statement wall that draws attention away from the size of your space and  toward something beautiful and vibrant. Bright or bold colors work well, as  the wall can appear to recede, creating the illusion of space.

Go big with lighter and softer  colors. In areas beyond the feature wall, use lighter and softer colors  to make the space seem larger. Light blues and greens add significant light  subtly to a room.

Coordinate your colors. Stretch  your space and maximize impact by using color to coordinate your rooms and  decor. HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams offers pre-coordinated collections of  color, paint and wallpaper. The color palettes can be used to ensure that  your walls, furniture and accessories help create a cohesive look.

Reflect upon something. Placed  opposite a window or side by side, mirrors can spread light throughout the  room to make spaces feel larger. A tall mirror draws the eye up, making  ceilings look taller. When angled toward your room’s focal wall, a mirror can  also create the illusion of depth.

Paint something unexpected. Think  beyond your walls and consider painting your mailbox or address numbers on  your home, a stairway banister or a piece of furniture. Add a colorful  punctuation point by transforming a bedroom nightstand bright blue or a desk  chair in an unexpected orange. Everything else in the room will appear  larger.

“Clever use of color adds the illusion of space and injects personality  into it as well.That’s what’s  great about color; you can dramatically alter the look of a room while  expressing yourself in a fun way,” Bromstad adds.

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