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The Right Choice for a Small Space

White may seem like the perfect paint color for a small room because it can brighten up dark corners and reflect light all around.  The dated idea that small rooms should only be to be painted white thankfully has been replaced with an unlimited palette of colors.

White paint in a small room can actually make it look boxy and bland. Though white is supposed to make your room look light and bright, it can actually do the opposite when it shows every shadow or dark corner. White can still be a stunning choice a small space, but it works best as an accent or trim color. Try a soft pewter gray like interior designer Olga Adler did in this small dining space. The silvery gray paint adds elegance and light, framed by white accents for a beautiful space.

Neutral paint colors are wonderful for small spaces. While you’re not limited to using neutrals, you’ll find that the right neutral color can make a small room look more spacious because of its simplicity.

Don’t assume that any neutral color paint color will work in your small space. A neutral color that is too muted is going to make your room look small and dark. Look for warm neutral colors that reflect light around the room, and pair them with crisp white trim and accents for an open and airy ​style. A trick to make your neutral space look more spacious is to choose neutral furnishings, drapes, or linens, to match your wall color. 

Knowing which hues work well in a small space is just the starting point of your search for the best paint color. Don’t be tempted to choose a color just because it makes your room look larger. Your goal is to find a paint color that makes your small space look awesome. That is the most important thing to remember as you look through paint color possibilities.

It’s true that a color you love may make not be the best choice for creating a spacious appearance, but if you aren’t excited by the color when you walk in the room it won’t matter how large it looks. If you have a favorite paint color in mind you may need to adjust the shade to suit your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it completely. If you can’t find any way to use the paint color you really love, try neutral walls with your favorite color used generously as an accent.