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Space and colour

Space and colour

Space and colour

Bharat Gandhi tells you how to use visual aids to make a room look spacious

Usually it is clutter rather than an actual lack of space that your home may suffer from, and arranging furniture properly can create a feeling of spaciousness. Bright light, light and pastel colours, light and low furniture and well-planned storage will contribute to this feeling.

Which colours and textures can be used in the interior to create this feeling? How do you use colours to solve design problems and also hide design defects?

Sometimes you have a long and narrow room because the builder has constructed it as per the building by-laws. To make this room look square and spacious, use a light colour on the long walls and a slightly darker tinge of the same colour on the shorter walls. This will make the longer walls appear to recede.

A shiny colour on the longer walls and a texture on shorter ones would also help achieve a feeling of spaciousness. This means that painting walls and ceiling with glossy paint will add to a room’s apparent size, whereas matt finish or texture paint will reduce it.

A low ceiling will look and feel higher if one paints it white, while a high ceiling can be made to look and feel lower by using a deeper tone of the wall colour. A light and pale wooden floor or a pale-coloured carpet will also make the room seem larger and more spacious.

The flooring pattern can help make your room look more spacious in the same way that clothes with vertical stripes make a person look slimmer and those with horizontal lines make him appear heavier. Lines traveling along the length of the room on the floor or the walls will appear to extend the space and rooms where lines travel across will shorten but widen the area. So, while selecting the size of the floor tiles or marble, you can create a feeling of spaciousness in the room.

Strong or dark colours used as a border around the room, or a skirting of darker material will enclose the space and will make it appear smaller. If you must have a border in the flooring, it is advisable to have a wider band on the shorter sides and a narrower one on the long walls.

A well-lit house appears much bigger than a dimly-lit one, so it is always advisable to use evenly distributed light on the longer walls and the shorter walls can have less light. This will make the room look quite square, as the narrower part will appear to recede.