Five ways to brighten up small spaces


Shaynna Blaze

"Crisp white trims and furnishings are great for creating contrast against deep/bold coloured walls." (Trims: Taubmans ...

"Crisp white trims and furnishings are great for creating contrast against deep/bold coloured walls." (Trims: Taubmans Endure in Baby Steps)

Shaynna Blaze, interior designer and Taubmans Colour Creative director, shares her top five tips for using colour and paint to refresh your home this Spring. 

1. A trims makeover

Trims make or break a room – they have the ability to make a wall colour pop and when done well, balance and frame a room, tying together the look for a cohesive interior scheme. Crisp white trims and furnishings are great for creating contrast against deep/bold coloured walls, and help make a space feel fresh and bright. For example, I love a deep purple in living rooms and master bedrooms, it evokes an elegant and sophisticated mood. The white trims and furnishings really makes the wall colour pop, and gives a freshness to what could be a heavy interior.

Walls: Taubmans Endure in Bedford Road.

Walls: Taubmans Endure in Bedford Road.

2. Start with a simple image


If you feel like giving a room in your home a makeover, but don’t know where to begin, I recommend looking at your favourite things for inspiration as a starting point to developing your own personal colour story.  It’s about looking around your day-to-day world - your wardrobe, the food you like to eat, the places you love – and drawing inspiration from these colours, energies and textures.

3. Give your exteriors some attention

Your front door is the first point of contact you have with your house and you use it every day. That’s why it makes sense to have a beautiful front door that inspires you each time you open it. It’s easy enough to give your house a face-lift with a fresh coat of paint on your front door this Spring. Try a bright blue like Taubmans Endure Elegant Evening for a dramatic statement. You can do it in one day and this small success will give you the confidence you need to take on more involved projects.

4. Consider proportion and space 

Paint can be used for so many different purposes, but people get caught up in thinking of it as a decorative feature only, and forget that it can be a really useful ‘tool’ as well. The obvious thing paint does is add colour, freshen up a dull space and create an inviting mood, but it can also manipulate how you view the space.  Paint can make a small room feel large, a large room feel engaging and warm, create features out of uninteresting architecture, or highlight your favourite features in your home.

One of my favourite ways to use colour is to brighten and open up small, forgotten spaces. An entry or small reading room is the perfect place to introduce colour without taking over the whole house. Be adventurous and add some excitement to small spaces - it will make dark areas of a house come alive.

5. Use texture to give warmth to neutral spaces

Sometimes it’s not the wall colour that needs some love, but rather the complimentary furniture and accessories in the room. For neutral spaces that feel a bit dull or clinical, try building layers of interest with different textures and accent or complimentary colours with a few simple accessories. For example, use animal throws, deer antlers and lamp in varying shades of brown and white to compliment the wall colour and create a rich, soft and enveloping space. 

Shaynna Blaze is an interior designer and Taubmans Colour Creative director.