Professional  Interior Painting Tips & Tricks: Owning the Room

Even an untrained eye can spot the differences between a professionally painted interior and a room that has been DIY’d without the proper tools. While neat and aesthetically pleasing interior design requires skills and quality products, transforming the space to make it stand out calls for savvy professionals with a few clever painting tips and tricks up their sleeves.

On a daily basis and as part of our HOA, commercial, or industrial painting service offering, PPD’s team of experienced painters applies various design concepts to instantly achieve the illusion of higher ceilings, elongated halls, or to simply alter the perception of a room’s shape. In this blog post, we share some of the professional painting tips and tricks we use on a daily basis to transform the space.

Expanding the Space

Expanding the Space

To enlarge small rooms, the quickest way to give the illusion of space is by embracing natural light sources and opening up windows. When it comes to painting tips to make a room look bigger, it boils down to a simple rule: paint all walls and ceiling in the same tone. Seafoam and eggshell may be just the right, neutral color choices for a variety of commercial properties.

Stretching the Space Vertically

Stretching the Space Vertically

To make a space feel cozy and a room appear more narrow, use the same darker tone for all walls and a lighter color for the ceiling. Stretching the space vertically in this way works best if the ceiling is low and painted in as light color as possible. Consider white or off-white for the ceiling and match the walls with the rest of the interior. Clients from the retail and hospitality industry typically benefit from the transformations of this kind.

Highlighting a Feature Wall

Highlighting a Feature Wall

Highlighting one feature wall is one way to tighten or focus a room. Painting three walls in one, dark color, with an accent wall and ceiling in another lighter tone will make the room design feel more purposeful and unique. This is always a safe choice for meeting rooms.

Decreasing the Space

Decreasing the Space

Consider detaching an accent wall by painting it in a pale color and keeping the other walls and ceiling in a darker tone. This will create the illusion of a smaller, more intimate space. Ideally, use a paler hue for the accent wall to make the room appear brighter. A room painted in this way makes for an excellent work and collaboration space.

Elongating the Space

Elongating the Space

Painting the ceiling in the same color as the walls will not only elongate the space but give the room a great impact. Consider using darker tones if you want to create a sense of warmth. Consider using this painting trick for employee relaxation areas or lounges.

Stretching the Space Horizontally

Stretching the Space Horizontally

Painting one wall and ceiling in the same darker tone will accentuate both the ceiling and the wall and create a sense of a continuous flow in the room. It will also horizontally stretch the space and make it appear longer. This is a great choice for rooms with a lot of movement such as hallways and open space offices.

Bringing the Ceiling Down

Bringing the Ceiling Down

To draw focus up to the ceiling, paint it with a dark accent color and reserve lighter tones for the walls. While this will make the ceiling appear to be lower, this will also create a stretching effect within the space. Research areas can benefit from this kind of ambiance.

Shorten and Add Depth to Your Room

Shorten and Add Depth to Your Room

To create depth and shorten a space, paint the lower half of all walls and the ceiling in the same light tone. Break the flow by painting the upper half of the walls in a dark hue. This trick works best on solid walls with no openings. This is an excellent choice for industrial facilities and open space offices.

Closing the Space

Closing the Space

To abridge or close the space, consider painting the ceiling and three walls in one, lighter color while accentuating the remaining wall with a deeper, rich tone. An accent wall of this kind works great for reception desk areas.

Potential Use Cases

Depending on the purpose of the space, different interior painting tricks will create different effects.

For example, if you are looking to re-do a conference room, you will probably want to elongate the space. On the other hand, if you are renovating an office, you’ll want to make it appear bigger and airier by expanding the space.

Deciding on how you want to paint a room really depends on the specific purpose of each, so make sure to properly strategize with paint and use it to create your desired effect.

From tactically painted walls to carefully curated color palette and decorative finishes, there are many ways to use paint in order to accentuate or downplay specific features of a room or a hall. PPD’s experienced team of professional painters is ready to help you achieve a specific effect with your upcoming painting project.

For top tips for painting a room, free estimates, or more information, contact us at (630) 688-9423 or at

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