Why Bold Paint Colors For Small Rooms Can Work
October 11, 2013
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When choosing paint colors for small rooms, there's no reason to limit yourself to light colors. In fact, lighter shades can be bland and uninspiring, but when chosen with care, bold rich colors can make your small room feel more inviting and better reflect your personality and style.
Here are some tips for choosing the best paint colors for small spaces:
Consider the Room's Purpose
To turn a small room into a cozy sanctuary, rich and warm colors can work well. Add impact and energy with a bright pop of color, or create an airy feeling with cooler color choices. It all comes down to the purpose of the room and the ambiance you want to create.
Adjust the Lighting
Before choosing paint colors, consider your lighting. Let natural light in by using sheer drapes or tying back your curtains. If it's still too dark, lamps can brighten the space. Optimizing your lighting helps to open up a room and create an airy space. By carefully balancing your lighting and paint colors, you can lend a mood to the room—energizing or calming—depending on the purpose of the space.
Make It Personal
Make any space inviting by choosing colors that you love. Find inspiration in the world around you and don't be held back by "rules." By embracing colors and patterns and creating a palette that is uniquely your own, you can create a space that you will love coming home to!
Pick Your Paint
Sharp, clear colors that are neither muted nor toned down help to expand your living space. It works well to create one accent wall in a rich tone to act as a focal point of the room. If you decide to paint all the walls in the same color, then choose an item of furniture or a painting as your focal point. If you use choose several colors, leave room in between for clarity and to avoid a chaotic look. Note, too, that shorter walls look taller when painted a lighter shade and that you can contrast wider walls by using darker shades.
Keep your overall floor plan in mind and use varying shades of the same color to unite connecting rooms. Add depth and character by adding splashes of color in unexpected places. Look for interesting elements and spruce them up with color, from an old radiator to the inside of a recessed shelf or even a wide windowsill, but don't overdo it. Remember that everything counts—the paint colors, your furniture arrangement and lighting. Tie everything together with textiles, repeated patterns and artwork. You can make your colors pop by adding a black object as a focal point to ground your space. Mirrors also add interest and help to open up a room.
Painting your ceiling a lighter color will open up a room by drawing the eye upward and attracting natural light. Painting your trim in a creamy shade of white will accentuate the effect. Or you can paint your ceiling in a dark shade and carry the color down the wall for several inches, creating the appearance of height. If the ceilings are particularly low, make them look taller by painting vertical stripes (six to eight inches wide) to draw the eye upward. If your room is narrow, horizontal stripes make the room look wider, but keep in mind that this will create a less formal effect.
Choosing paint colors for small rooms requires careful thought and maybe even trial and error, but turning small spaces into inviting and functional living areas is worth the effort!
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