It’s actually a myth that small rooms should be brightly decorated to create a sense of spaciousness. We perceive a room as larger when its layout and decoration features several surfaces, colours and elements grouped together. You’ve probably even experienced that when emptying a room, for example as preparation for decoration, the emptied room suddenly seems very small. A small room furnished with positive optimistic colours, will seem larger than if everything is painted white. For this to work, the room needs to be tidy! Cluttered small rooms make the space feel claustrophobic!
Try to avoid covering the walls with large high cabinets. They are a space stealer. A better bet is to place a chest of drawers at ground level, and paint the wall above it in a different color, as this will increase the sense of space and depth. Contrasting colours on two walls or the back wall helps to define the space. Choose a color palette of 2-3 colors and stick to them, repeating them on multiple items in the room. This allows the eye to take in those colors in different elements and therefore perceive that the room is larger. If the room is narrow then colour should be used on the long walls, and not the short walls. This will make the experience of space more rectangular. Warm colors pull you towards them, and cold colors open space up. Cold cool colors can be delicious in a bedroom. For example bright blue-green tones for the wall or softer violet tones in combinations of white soothes and calms. There really are colours that are easier to “breathe” with. Keep the floor tidy and free of clutter. Adding shelving or hooks on the wall keeps things off the floor. The more floor space that is visible the more spacious it seems. When it comes to lighting, look for lamps that can illuminate both the ceiling and down to the floor. This creates a more interesting and diffuse lighting effect, accentuating the space in the room and giving a feeling of higher ceilings.