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Q: Do darker paint colours make a home feel smaller?

Tamara says....
As a rule, darker and warmer colours advance while lighter and cooler colours recede. Instead of avoiding dark colours, use them to create the space you crave. For example, painting a room dark red may make the walls feel closer—and, thus, the room smaller—but it will create a dramatic and intimate feeling. To ensure that the dark colour you love doesn’t suck the life out of your room, plan and place light properly, use reflective surfaces (mirrors, glass), choose medium- or light-coloured upholstered furniture and add contrasting accent pieces. (A splash of white goes a long way.)

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.