The Best Interior Paint Colors for a Small House

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If you're decorating a small home, don't feel limited to only using white or light neutrals paint colors. Almost any paint color can work in a small home if you have the right lighting and accessories. Dark colors can add drama and architectural interest to a plain room, no matter its size.

Painting techniques like striping, color blocking, stencils, and accent walls are also an option for using color to visually expand a small home. Large horizontal stripes can widen or elongate a room and look especially pretty using colors that are similar. Bold and contrasting colors are daring for a small space, while an accent wall allows you to showcase one special area of the room. Try something new in your smaller home and prepare to be wowed by the pop that the right color can provide.

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    Relaxing Home Office: Behr Shadow Taupe BNC-24

    Small Home Office Neutral Color Scheme
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    The best home office feels like a retreat from your household responsibilities while maintaining a professional vibe. Using a rich neutral color for your home office is both relaxing and business-like. In a small home office, light neutral colors with lots of white trim and natural lighting can give the space an expansive look and improve your productivity.

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    Romantic Bedroom: Carter Crème From Magnolia Home Paint

    Carter Crème | Magnolia Home™ Paint by Joanna Gaines
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    Your small bedroom doesn't need an elaborate color scheme to be romantic. The most appealing bedrooms are often decorated in neutral colors. For a small space, a light neutral makes the room feel spacious and luxurious. Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Home Carter Crème is a wonderful choice for a romantic bedroom because it gives you so many options to accessorize with color.

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    Fresh Laundry Room: Behr Aqua Breeze 500E-2

    Laundry Room Aqua Paint Colors
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    Fresh colors are usually the best choice for a laundry room. Even if your small home doesn't have a designated laundry room, you can brighten up this everyday work area with a refreshing color like Behr's Aqua Breeze.

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    Cool Gray Living Room: Benjamin Moore Silver Mist 1619

    Cool and Modern Living Room Color
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    If you're looking for a new idea in living room paint color, consider gray. Benjamin Moore's Silver Mist is a cool gray color that has a modern look. For a small living room, a cloud-like gray can make it look light and large.

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    Small Mudroom: Magnolia Green From Magnolia Home Paint

    Best Color for a Mudroom - Magnolia Green by Joanna Gaines
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    A mudroom may feel like a luxury, but in many regions, it's a necessity. If your small home is lucky enough to have a mudroom, you'll want to choose a color that is fun and cheerful without changing the dynamic of your entire color scheme. A natural green like Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Green is vibrant but still very natural. If your small home doesn't have a full mudroom, you can create one by adding an accent wall of color, coat hooks, and benches with storage. 

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    Sunny Kitchen: Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow

    Best Yellow Paint for Kitchen | Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow
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    Your small home is the perfect spot for a sunny little kitchen. A warm yellow like Benjamin Moore's Hawthorne Yellow would look great with white cabinets, subway-tile walls, and a weathered gray tile floor. The secret to choosing the right yellow paint color for your small kitchen is to sample light yellow colors first, then increase the intensity if you don't get the look you want right away.

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    Pretty Guest Room: Ella Rose from Magnolia Home Paint

    Guest Room Color | Ella Rose Magnolia Home™ Paint by Joanna Gaines
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    Ella Rose, the nostalgic pink from Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines, has a sweet style that would be wonderful in a guest room. Pink or rose may not be your choice for a master bedroom but works well in a guest room that's used only occasionally.

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    Wall Striping: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW 6265

    Paint Color Stripe Ideas | Sherwin-Williams Color Trends
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    A striped or stenciled accent wall can make a small room look larger. Using neutral colors, you can add interest to your space without overwhelming it. Try neutral stripes, or neutral on neutral painted stenciling, to get a unique look that draws attention away from the size of the room.

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    Grown Up Dining Room: Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray

    Neutral Dinging Room Colors | Pavilion Gray Farrow & Ball
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    Farrow & Ball has a small paint color palette, but their colors are so rich and beautiful that you're bound to find the perfect one for your small home. Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray is a rich greige that works well for a dining room that's decorated in either a contemporary or traditional style. Pair this gorgeous wall color with a modern crystal chandelier for a stylish juxtaposition in a traditional dining room.

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    Cottage Front Door: Benjamin Moore Coral Gables 2010-40

    Best Front Door Colors - Benjamin Moore Coral Gables
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    The front door of your small home or cottage can benefit from a fun color. You can also repeat the same color throughout your house as an accent in accessories. Benjamin Moore's Coral Gables is a bold choice and would pair beautifully with navy blue and taupe accents.

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    Serene Master Suite: Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029

    Neutral Master Bedroom Color | Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray
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    Your master suite should be a relaxing retreat. Neutral colors are the best choice for a stunning and soothing space. Greige colors, like Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray, look beautiful in any light and with any decorating style. Keep your accessories simple for a serene getaway.

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    Stunning Foyer: Sir Drake Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines

    Foyer Paint Color | Sir Drake Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Home Paint
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    Even if you don't have a dedicated foyer in your tiny home, you can use color to create a memorable entryway. Sir Drake by Joanna Gaines is a smokey green/gray that illuminates foyers big and small. Use weathered furniture and creamy white trim to bring out the moodiness of this color.

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    Natural Workout Room: Benjamin Moore's Green Earth CW-455

    Natural Home Gym Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Green Earth
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    Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dedicated home gym. Many workout spaces are shared with playrooms, guest rooms, or home offices. The color you choose for your walls is the unifying factor for the room. Natural colors give a feeling of energy and ​make them a great choice for a home gym or yoga studio.

    Be sure to add natural accessories and surfaces like bamboo and stone for a spa-like workout or yoga space.

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    Swanky Powder Room: Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn

    Charcoal Gray Paint Colors | Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn
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    Powder rooms are so much fun to decorate. This is a room where you can really play with color. With the right lighting, you can use a gorgeous charcoal gray like Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn. Be sure to add white accents with towels and rugs to make the charcoal color pop. 

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    Subtle Accent Wall: Behr Blue Tequila PPH-52

    Cool Accent Wall Color | Behr Blue Tequila
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    Accent walls offer a clever way to add color to a small space. You can choose a color from your overriding color scheme or choose any color that you love. The secret to using an accent wall in a small room is to keep the accent color close to your main wall color without a big contrast. This will make your room look larger and make your accent wall blend in.