Though you may have to make some concessions when it comes to furnishing a small living room, the good news is you actually have more options when it comes to painting your quaint living space. While larger living rooms can often feel cavernous or overwhelming with certain paint colors, a small one can work with either dark or light shades.
Depending on your goals for your living space and whether you want to go for a cozy look or make your room appear larger, the right shade of paint can achieve a lot. Here are our picks if your living room is lacking in square footage.
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Best Gray: The Spruce Stone Quarry SPR-31
A bold gray like The Spruce's Stone Quarry is a great choice for a chic living room—it's a shade that really makes a statement without drifting from a modern vibe. This paint is a charcoal gray with a blue undertone, and is perfect for quaint living spaces with lighter accents and furniture.
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Farrow & Ball's Pigeon is the ideal color for that vintage, retro feel. It's a throwback-inspired bluish-gray that feels green in certain spaces. It plays well with moody colors, like hunter green or cool purples, or adds a touch of color to rooms with predominantly neutral tones.
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It's a popular myth that smaller rooms can't use dark colors. In fact, the smaller the room, the darker you can go. Because a darker color reflects less light, it gives a room more depth and almost has the effect of pushing the walls out. So a color like Sherwin-Williams Dark Night is perfect for your cozy living space—it's moody, bold and rich, and everything we love in a navy blue.
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Beige has forever been a go-to neutral for rooms of all shapes and sizes, but Magnolia's Southern Grown is a great choice for your small space because it has a little more depth than traditional beiges, and will lend a lot more visual interest to your space. It's a dusty beige that looks almost chalky on the wall, and feels incredibly homey and inviting in a cozy room.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Benjamin Moore's Linen White is a traditional off-white that has warm red undertones to give it a little more depth than other off-whites. It's perfect for a small room that wants to stay neutral, but craves a little more personality and warmth in the space. It will appear even darker in small rooms, especially if you're lacking natural light.
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A pink like The Spruce's Rose Power is an approachable color that will reflect light in a small living room while adding a hint of color to your space. This soft pink is perfect for size-limited living rooms and creates a very flattering background for your artwork or photos.
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We would be remiss if we failed to mention the wonderfully widening effect a bright white can have on a small living room. Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace is a classic white paint that designers love because it's a bright white that doesn't feel stark or cold. It's inviting and a great choice for a small living space with a minimalist vibe.
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There's just something utterly enchanting and chic about a black living room, and the good news is that a small space can really pull it off. Benjamin Moore's Jet Black is a rich black paint that is incredibly moody and dramatic. For a lengthening effect, consider painting two parallel walls in this shade to make the room appear longer and wider.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Coral is a trendy color for any space, and Benjamin Moore's Nautilus Shell is a lovely peachy shade that creates a warm, rich glow in your small living room. It's a universally flattering color that will enhance skin tones and make your space appear wider.
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Benjamin Moore's Dusky Blue is a cool pastel color that adds a lovely hue to your small living room without overpowering the rest of it. It's a great choice for a beachy feel or a room that is mostly neutral, but could use a hint of color to make it feel complete.
If you're decorating a small living room, it's important to consider the shade of paint just as much as you'd debate over couches or chairs. The right color can change the look and feel of your small space and create a totally unique atmosphere you'll love to hang out in.