Help please.. I can't remember if lighter colors go on top or bottom?

Tami Stone
by Tami Stone
My living room is kinda small & I'm going to paint it 2 colors. I can't remember if the lighter color goes at the top or the bottom to make the room look bigger.
  11 answers
  • Shirley Heikkinen Shirley Heikkinen on Jun 22, 2017
    I would put the light color at the top, but that's more from personal preference that design capability. A room with a lot of windows seems larger so it seems to make sense that a light color room would seem lighter than a darker color.

  • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Jun 22, 2017
    Light colors on top and white ceilings make a room look bigger.

  • Janette Janette on Jun 22, 2017
    Like Diane said

  • Lynn Hemmerly Birch Lynn Hemmerly Birch on Jun 22, 2017
    It is really a matter of preference whether the light color goes on the bottom or the top part of the room. However, since you want to make the room look larger, I would suggest you paint the top part light and let the darker color ground the room. That way the lighter color will draw the eye up.

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jun 22, 2017
    i find that dark on top makes the room feel top heavy and out of balance...

    • Tami Stone Tami Stone on Jun 22, 2017
      Thats what I was thinking too. I just wanted to make sure before I did it wrong

  • Doris Huskey Doris Huskey on Jun 22, 2017
    Paint the top part of the room the lighter color, then carry that color onto the ceiling. I've seen this done lots of times on the "flip" shows. It really looks smart.

    • Tami Stone Tami Stone on Jun 22, 2017
      I can't do ceiling cuz its popcorn. And my dad owns half of my house. He'd shoot me if I did that

  • Doris Huskey Doris Huskey on Jun 22, 2017
    Oh yes you can paint popcorn, I painted my living room, bedroom and kitchen before I removed it from my kitchen. It makes the ceiling look so much better. As for you Dad, talk to him or just do it. Easier to ask forgiveness than permission!!

  • Florent Florent on Jun 22, 2017
    Dark colours wil make your room smaller and "eat" the light. On ceilling, you'll seem to be like in a cave ith small high. Light colours reflect light and make the room bigger. You can use dark colours in small room, but only on small touch... generally, dark collors are bette in the lower position...

  • Sharron Christie Sharron Christie on Jun 22, 2017
    Light on the top to enhance the size and darker on the bottom to ground the room, one third of the wall height.

  • 861650 861650 on Jun 23, 2017
    FYI: My bedroom walls are dark gray on the top with white wainscoating on the bottom. All doors. trim and ceiling are white and have wood laminate flooring. This is a rental and was painted before I moved in. Was surprised that I actually liked it. Purchased light gray and white bedding and added light coral accents. And about ceilings. Last week I read an article that said satin paint is best for ceilings as it reflects the light. I suppose it would reflect light from a popcorn ceiling even if it's just a little...I'm thinking you should try it .

  • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on Jun 24, 2017
    If you put a chair rail "border" on wall you can have a nice white and your favorite color above. See examples: