The Best Colors for Small Space Decorating

Best Colors for Small Rooms | Sherwin-Williams Hazel

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The best colors for your small room don't have to be light or even neutral. How you decorate a small space is more important than choosing a color in hopes of making the room look larger. Darker colors can work well in small rooms with the right lighting, trim color, and accessories. There are easy tricks to using color in small spaces that anyone can use, regardless of the color you choose. Below, top designers share their favorite colors for creating a beautiful small space with color.

  • 01 of 07

    Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter

    Light Pewter paint swatch from Benjamin Moore

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    Designer Olga Adler says, "My favorite color for small spaces is Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter. It looks good whether the space gets lots of natural light or very little, and it is consistent throughout the space."

    It’s a very light and neutral gray without blue, green, or purple undertones. It has just enough color to make white millwork or cabinets pop, as it does in the dining room shown here, while being light and neutral enough to be a great background for displaying artwork.

    Light gray dining room

    Debra Somerville

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  • 02 of 07

    Hide Your TV With Benjamin Moore's Baby Seal Black

    Baby Seal Black paint swatch from Benjamin Moore

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    Designer Anjie Cho uses this color to hide flat screen TVs on the accent wall in a small living room.

    She says, "I love using Baby Seal Black for an accent wall that pops in a small room. Often there's a small space serving many different purposes, and this contrasting accent wall not only creates a focal point but helps define a different area of the room. We often use the wall for a wall-hung TV and dark credenza so it blends in. The TV doesn't stand out like a sore thumb and the room ends up feeling more spacious."

    Gray living room

    Anjie Cho

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  • 03 of 07

    Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt for the Ceiling and Walls

    Sea Salt paint swatch from Sherwin-Williams

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    Designer Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio recommends using the same color on the ceiling and walls, making the room seem larger than it actually is.

     "We redid our rather small and dingy bathroom in our house last summer. I went with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204 and it really made the space bright and feel much larger. I did the ceiling the same color to eliminate the visual cutoff between the two surfaces and trick the eye into thinking the space is larger."

    Best Colors for Small Spaces | Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt

    Curio Design Studio

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  • 04 of 07

    Go Bold With Benjamin Moore's Blue

    Blue paint swatch from Benjamin Moore

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    If you are looking for something bold and bright for a small space, follow designer Miss Alice's advice "I love this bold blue by Benjamin Moore because it just pops with a vibrant energy.  Bold colors can create a lot of depth in a small space and when complemented with white moldings and trims, it refreshes the spirit." This bedroom is a perfect example. It's bold and refreshing all at once, making it a perfect bedroom to curl up in after a long day.

    Benjamin Moore Blue in a bedroom

    Tim D Coy Photography / Miss Alice Designs

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  • 05 of 07

    Pantone's Ivory Cream Is a Simple Neutral

    Ivory Cream paint swatch from Pantone

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    Designer Stephan Jones looks for neutral paint colors so that accessories and art can truly shine. "I enjoy spaces that exude simplicity. Typically my designs incorporate a natural color pallet because it is soothing and does not compete with artwork or other objects within a space. Wheat hues, like the Pantone Ivory Cream, are what I go to when I want a relaxed and traditional room. It is timeless and easy to layer."

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    Stephan Jones

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  • 06 of 07

    Pantone Glacier Gray Is a Sophisticated Neutral

    Glacier Gray paint swatch from Pantone

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    Designer Robin Baron suggests versatile neutrals for small spaces. "Grey is becoming the new beige…it’s a neutral color, and very versatile. It can be used for wall colors, cabinets, countertops, fireplaces, furniture, etc. It’s got a classic, sophisticated appeal, and it comes in a variety of shades. Its best feature is that it can stand alongside any other color." 

    This small bathroom looks nothing short of elegance. It's light and airy appearance make you feel like you're walking into a one-of-a-kind spa.

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  • 07 of 07

    Pick a Soft Purple Like Pantone 7440 UP

    7440 UP paint swatch from Pantone

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    Designer Rachel Laxer reminds decorators not to shy away from purple and how to balance the color with others with this room. "Purple is a very feminine and soft color that exudes luxury. Painting a wall Orchid hue like this Pantone 7440 UP adds a velvety accent to a wall that might typically be painted white or beige. The trick with using purple hues on a wall is to understand balance. If you paint the wall purple layer the room with lighter furniture like ivory or a great Lucite piece."

    Best Colors for Small Spaces

    Rachel Laxer