When it comes to painting small spaces, one of the most boring and outdated tips you will hear is that you need to stick with whites or creams. This simply isn’t true, and the diversity of colors that can work in a small space is broader than you might have imagined. In fact, almost any color can work if you choose the right shade, finish, and techniques. When painting a small space, remember that colors that reflect light are highly beneficial. They make the rooms appear more welcoming and less stuffy and claustrophobic.
Four Paint Color Tricks for Small Spaces that Pop
- Pick a Color, Any Color – It doesn’t matter whether you prefer grays, earth tones or more colorful schemes for your walls. Any color can work; as long as it is the right shade of that color! Choose colors that are light, like pastels or bright and cheerful. Avoid using dark colors, which not only make the rooms look smaller, they can also be too dramatic for a small room to handle. For example, if you love yellow, a muted pastel shade or a bright and sunny burst of color will look wonderful. A dark mustard, on the other hand, will make the walls appear to be closing in on you.
- Avoid Flats – Flat paints don’t lend themselves well to creating the illusion of more space. This doesn’t mean you need to use an overpowering high gloss finish, but something in between, like a semi-gloss or eggshell will open up the room.
- Go for Flow – One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to add color to a small space with painting is choosing too many colors. When every room is a different color, it breaks up the space making it appear smaller. This is particularly important when rooms aren’t closed off from one another. You don’t have to stick with one color, but choose colors that flow nicely together. If you aren’t sure what this means, bring home some samples or paint cards and play with them. After you’ve lived with these swatches for a few days, it will be easy to see what works and what doesn’t.
- Don’t Neglect the Trim – While white on the walls might be boring, a bright white trim against a bright color makes the color stand out even more! While dark woods can look lovely in larger spaces, they just don’t work well in smaller homes. Cover them up! This also goes for kitchen cabinets. Painting your cabinets white or in a bright color looks wonderful, and is a great way to give a tiny kitchen some personality.
Taking the time to carefully choose the right paints for your small space can make it appear larger, brighter, and more airy. A great paint job can make your space warm and inviting, and it’s a great way to add fun and personality without the clutter of too many decorative objects. Make friends with your walls; they’ll return the favor every time you walk through the front door.
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