The 8 Best Behr Paint Colors for a Small Room

It's a popular decorating tip to use light paint colors when you'd like to make a small room appear larger, but you don't have to settle for white walls. Any paint color can be used in a small room, as long as you choose the right shade. The perfect color for your small room may be a slightly lighter shade of the color you've chosen. Be sure to experiment with paint colors and sample them in the room before committing it one to the wall.

Dark colors can definitely be used in small spaces, but this is a courageous decorating style that should only be used only when you've accepted that this dark color will probably make the room look smaller. That dark color/small room approach works as a bold style statement with the perfect mix of lighting and accessories. 

Here are a few Simple Tips for Decorating a Small Room With Color:

  • Your paint colors should reflect as much available light as possible. The right lighting is essential in a small room to brighten up the dark corners.
  • Clever use of lighting can make your small room appear much larger and more open. Consider uplighting, rope lighting in a tray ceiling, or under-cabinet lighting.
  • Use white trim and several unifying design features to open up a small space.
  • 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. 
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    Behr Casual Gray BNC-17

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    Gray is always a great choice for small rooms. The warmth of Casual Gray is like a hug for your small space. This rich gray has a hint of brown, making it a classic greige. 

    With the versatility of greige, your accent colors can be warm or cool. Black metal or dark wood pieces, with white curtains or linens, create a classic look for a room of any size. 

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    Behr Ashen Tan N220-2

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    Behr's Ashen Tan is another fabulous greige. This greige is more of a beige with gray, rather than a gray with a beige undertone. The obvious warmth of Ashen Tan gives it a wonderful look with all types of wood furniture and accent pieces. Creamy white trim, with stone flooring or tiles, can create a classic neutral room space.

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    Behr Thickened Cream M290-1

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    If you love yellow, but fear that it's too bold for your small space, consider a soft cream like Behr's Thickened Cream. This soft yellow paint color has sunny warmth without the brightness that can make yellow difficult in a small room. 

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    Behr Ash Blue N470-1

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    Blue can overwhelm a small space if it's too bright. Behr's Ash Blue has the perfect muted tone to give the look of an endless ocean in your room. Make sure you have adequate lighting to keep your space looking warm and inviting, as blue-gray can get shadowy in the corners.

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    Behr Rococo Beige HDC-NT-15

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    Behr's Rococo Beige is a classic beige, without a hint of gray. This is a warm neutral paint color with lots of life, perfect for a small space that is lacking in its own light. Improve the appearance of your space by adding white accents, like drapes and linens. 

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    Behr Desert Springs PPU10-15

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    Behr Desert Springs doesn't suffer from the plight of most sage greens, because of its warmth. Traditional sage greens can have blue undertones, making it look murky in a small room. Desert Springs has a hint of yellow undertone, providing the perfect lift for most rooms.

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    Behr Loft Space N500-2

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    If you prefer a cool gray paint color without warmth, Behr's Loft Space delivers that and more. Loft Space is perfect for contemporary and sophisticated spaces. The coolness of this steel gray can illuminate your room, given the right amount of natural or artificial light. Accent with sea blue and pale gray for a soothing palette.

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    Behr Soft Mint MD-19

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    There is no rule that says you have to use neutral colors in small spaces. Behr's Soft Mint is cheerful and bright, but not too bright to work well in many small spaces. Soft Mint would be ideal in a small kitchen (with white cabinets,) or in a charming eating nook. A funky bright color can work in a small space as an accent wall, too.