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To Add Volume, Make It Seamless

"Paint walls and ceilings the same color; it allows your eye to travel around the room without stopping and makes a small space seem bigger," says color consultant Doty Horn. Think about proportions, too: "Anytime a room is higher than it is wide, a good option is painting the ceiling the same color as the walls," says Walker. "It makes the room feel better proportioned, yet cozy." Even with a white ceiling, you can create a continuous flow by painting baseboards and trim the same color as the walls. Behr's Calm Air is a warm natural shade that can enhance this effect; plus, it creates a nice transition from outdoor spaces to interiors, says Erika Woelfel, an expert in color and design at Behr.

Shown: Painting walls, doors, trim, and ceiling a single warm neutral, such as Behr's Calm Air, creates a spacious feel.
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