You may think that you're limited to white or light neutrals if you're decorating a small home, but almost any paint color can work in a small home if you have the right lighting and accessories. Don't shy away from dark colors in your small home, as they can add drama and architectural interest to a plain room. A secret to using dark colors in a small space is rethinking how you'll use that color. Your perfect dark paint color may work best as a metallic, a stencil, or an accent... wall.
Painting techniques like striping or color blocking 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, but work best if one color is neutral and you limit your stripes to one wall.
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Working at home definitely has its perks, but it can also have its challenges. The best home office feels like a retreat from your household responsibilities, but should also feel like a workspace. 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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Your small bedroom doesn't have to have an elaborate color scheme to be romantic. The most appealing bedrooms are most often decorated in neutral colors. For a small space, a light neutral makes the room feel spacious and luxurious. Joanna Gaine's 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 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 your laundry area with a refreshing color like Behr's Aqua Breeze.
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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 paint color that has a modern look. Even if your decorating taste is not modern or contemporary, the right gray can fit in with any decorating style. For a small living room, a cloud-like gray wall color can make it look light and large.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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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 with an accent wall of color, coat hooks, and benches with storage.
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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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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 where it's only used occasionally.
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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.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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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 decorated in 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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The front door of your small home or cottage can benefit from a fun front door color. Your front door is the spot to use vibrant or bright colors if you're limited to light neutral colors inside. Repeat the pretty front door color throughout your house as an accent color in accessories. Benjamin Moore's Coral Gables is a bold choice as a front door color. This energetic coral would pair beautifully with navy blue and taupe accents.
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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 looks beautiful in any light, and in any decorating style. Keep your accessories simple for a serene getaway in your small home.
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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.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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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 vibrance, which makes 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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Powder rooms are so much fun to decorate. Your small home may not have a powder room, but have a bathroom small enough to feel like a powder room. This is the room where you can have fun 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 pop the charcoal color out.
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Accent walls are a clever way to add color to a small space. You can choose a color from your color scheme, or choose any color that you love. The secret to using an accent wall in a small room is to keep the color close to your wall color, without a big contrast. This will make your room look larger, and make your accent wall blend in.
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