Small Room Big Challenge? – Choosing Colors for a Small Roomnovember 8, 2017
To make a small room look visually bigger is an art, but not an impossible task. The right wall color is here the key element, but…. it does not have to be timeless, but admittedly a bit boring, white!
It’s easy to overwhelm a small space with too much color and pattern, but when choosing a small room color scheme, you don’t have to stick with bland neutrals or boring white. Choosing the best colors for a small room just takes careful planning, and keeping in mind that every room’s colors should match your personal desires, your taste, and the room’s purpose.
Below are some great tips for choosing paint colors for a small room.
Muted colors soften a space and can make a small room appear smaller. If you like bold color, stick to clear, bright tones. In small room design, use dark, muted colors as accent colors only.
If you choose to go dark in a small space, consider going dark all over. Using a monochromatic color scheme can often make a small space appear much larger, even if the color is dark.
Therefore paint colors should reflect as much available light as possible. The cooler shades reflect more light and enlarge the room optically, while warm shades absorb the light and make the room seem smaller.
To do away with visual “breaks” in a small space, paint the ceiling and trim the same color as your walls, or to add height to your space, go one shade lighter on your ceiling.
Small rooms often lack architectural interest. Use contrasting colors to define an accent wall or to add architectural interest by painting niche or the inside of shelving or windows.
One way to make a small room appear larger is to keep the darker or bolder colors in your pallet below eye level and stick with mostly light colors or neutrals up above.
A reverse paint palette often works well in small spaces. Painting the walls with a neutral or white but adding color via your doors and/or molding can add a bit of bold, contemporary flair to a small room.
Flow paint and decor color from one open room to the next can also help your small space appear larger. Use the same color palette in adjacent rooms to create the illusion of one large space.
Justyna Remijn, Unique Space Creator and Interior Designer at Inside Creations. Justyna with her background in psychology is good in ‘reading’ other people and has excellent skills in understanding client’s needs. Her interior projects are unique and beautiful spaces inspired by her clients and created for their comfort and happiness.