10 Best Paint Colors for a Small Room From Behr

It's a popular decorating tip to use light paint colors to make a small room appear larger. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for plain white walls. Light colors in myriad shades can evoke an open and airy vibe. They help to reflect light in the space, which in turn can make it feel bigger. In particular, pairing light paint colors with white trim and doors can do wonders to open up a space. Likewise, decorating with a light color palette on furniture and accents that's similar to your wall color can streamline the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker colors aren't necessarily off limits when painting a small room, but they can feel gloomy and cave-like unless you have ample natural and artificial light. Plus, they must be balanced with plenty of bright accents. Thus, for most small rooms it's best to stick with a fairly light color palette.

  • Color Family: Various
  • Complementary Colors: Various
  • Pairs Well With: Light neutrals
  • Mood: Bright, airy, inviting, cheerful, comfortable
  • Where to Use: Small spaces

Here are some of the top Behr paint colors for small rooms.

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    Casual Gray BNC-17

    living space with Casual Gray paint by Behr

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    Gray can be a beautiful neutral paint color for small rooms. And the warmth of Behr's Casual Gray is like a hug for your small space. This rich gray paint has a hint of brown, making it a classic and versatile greige. It can work with both warm and cool accent colors and decor pieces. Plus, it's still light enough to balance dark wood tones and black accents in a small room. 

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    Ashen Tan N220-2

    ashen tan paint swatch
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    Behr's Ashen Tan is another fabulous greige. This paint color is more of a beige with gray undertones, rather than a gray with beige undertones. The obvious warmth of Ashen Tan gives it a wonderful look with all types of wood furniture and accent pieces. Creamy white trim, along with natural stone tile, can create a classic neutral room that feels spacious.

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    Thickened Cream M290-1

    thickened cream paint swatch

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    If you love yellow but fear it's too bold for your small space, consider a soft buttery color like Behr's Thickened Cream. This yellow paint will make your walls glow with its sunny warmth, but it doesn't have the vivid brightness that can make some yellows difficult to tolerate in a small room. Pair it with white trim and gold accents for a space that totally reflects light.

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    Ash Blue N470-1

    ash blue paint swatch

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    Blue can overwhelm a small space if it's too bright. But Behr's Ash Blue has the perfect muted tone that's soothing and serene. It would look great in a small bedroom or bathroom. Just make sure you have adequate lighting to keep your space looking warm and inviting, as blue-gray colors like this can get shadowy in the corners.

    Tip

    To avoid regretting a color choice, paint a sample on your walls and let it sit for at least a few days. Observe it at various times of the day in different lighting to make sure it suits your space.

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    Rococo Beige HDC-NT-15

    Rococo Beige paint swatch

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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 to reflect light and keep things simple in a small space. Pair it with white trim and textiles for a beautiful, classic look. It also looks lovely when paired with various brown wood tones.

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    Desert Springs PPU10-15

    Desert Springs paint swatch

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    Behr Desert Springs doesn't suffer from the plight of most sage greens, thanks to its warmth. Typical sage greens can have blue undertones, making them look murky in a small room. But Desert Springs has a hint of yellow, adding more brightness to its appearance. It's a wonderful soothing color for a bedroom, yet it's still lively enough for a living space. Pair it with whites and browns for an earthy feel.

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    Loft Space N500-2

    Loft Space paint swatch

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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 a small room, as long as it has sufficient natural and artificial light. Accent this color with sea blue and pale gray for a soothing palette.

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    Soft Mint MD-19

    Soft Mint paint swatch

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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 it's not so bright that it would overwhelm a small room. Soft Mint would be ideal in a small kitchen with white cabinets or in a charming eating nook. A funky bright color like this can work in a small space as an accent wall, too. 

    Tip

    Don’t hesitate to get a little creative when painting an accent wall. Consider stripes or stenciling with an accent paint color, especially if the room doesn’t already have an interesting architectural element. You can even paint your ceiling in an accent color.

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    Silky White PPU7-12

    Behr’s Silky White is no plain white paint color. It’s a creamy white with a hint of gray. And it can create the ultimate open and airy feel when paired with true white trim and doors, even in the tiniest rooms. This color can suit nearly any decor style and can balance some bold accent colors in a small space.

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    Silver Feather BWC-29

    Behr’s Silver Feather is a glowing silver color with green undertones. The green in it prevents the color from becoming too cold and harsh. And the color is a natural at reflecting light in a small space. Add some silver accents and a mirror to the room to amplify the light reflection and complement the wall color.

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