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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Paint Tips To Make Your Small Room Feel Larger

by Mike Brewer

Large and spacious rooms are at the top of every home owner's wish list, but many houses have smaller rooms that don't fit the bill. If you wish some of the rooms in your own home felt larger, there are some sneaky paint techniques you can use to create the illusion of more space.

Here are three paint tips to keep in mind if you want your small room to feel larger.

1. When selecting a paint color, go for cool hues.

Our brain perceives different colors in different ways. Warm colors (like reds or oranges) tend to advance. This means that our brains perceive these colors as appearing closer than they actually are. If you paint your small room in these warm colors, your brain will think the space is even smaller.

By using cool colors (like blues or greens) that recede when viewed, you achieve the illusion of more space. Something as simple as selecting a cool hue for your small room could have a significant impact on your perception of the space.

2. Create an optical illusion by painting stripes on your walls.

Stripes can be a useful tool when it comes to tricking your brain into perceiving a small space as being larger than it actually is. Before you can begin painting stripes of the walls of your small room, you need to decide what your desired effect should be.

If you want the room to appear wider, then horizontal stripes should do the trick. If you want your ceilings to appear taller, then vertical stripes are your best option. Try using the same paint tone, but different finishes (for example, glossy stripes on a matte wall) for an elegant way to make your small room feel larger.

3. Extend your wall color onto the ceiling in your room.

If low ceilings have you feeling cramped, you can create the illusion of more room by extending your wall color onto the ceiling. To achieve the greatest results, choose a point that is between five and eight inches from where the wall and ceiling meet, and tape off a border around the ceiling.

Paint the interior part of the ceiling a lighter color than your walls, and paint the border the same color as your walls. This trick makes your walls appear taller, giving the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Using paint to help a small space feel larger is simple. Select cool hues for your room, employ the use of stripes to create the optical illusion of more space, and extend your wall colors onto the ceiling to help walls appear taller. If you want help, enlist a painting service.