April 27

How to Choose Paint Colors for Small Rooms


A fresh coat of paint can update the look and feel of any space. Choosing colors for small rooms can be challenging for homeowners. A popular decorating tip is to use light paint colors to make small rooms appear more spacious. That doesn’t mean you have to have only white walls throughout your home. Numerous color choices can create an open feel, even in a small space.

The Right Colors Can Make a Small Space Look Spacious

Whites and light neutrals are the best choices if you plan to sell your home soon. Potential homebuyers can better visualize how a space will work if they aren’t distracted by bold color choices that may clash with their furnishings and personal design aesthetic.   

For those who want more options to make interior spaces look larger and brighter, here are some important factors to consider when choosing interior paint colors:

1. The Function of the Space

Whether you consciously notice it or not, every color impacts mood and emotions. Select paint colors that work with the intended purpose of a room. Cool colors, like blues, grays, and greens, are often used in bedrooms and other areas where a calm and quiet mood is essential. Warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) inject a sense of energy into a space.

2. Natural and Artificial Lighting

With the proper lighting, almost any color can work in a small space. While lighter colors are best for areas that don’t receive a lot of natural light, bold colors can work in rooms that receive plenty of natural light. Gray is a popular color choice with interior designers because it works well in areas with and without a lot of natural light. 

3. Don’t Be Afraid of Bold Colors

Using bold colors in small rooms doesn’t automatically make them look dark or cramped. Balancing bold color choices with the proper lighting and furnishings can make small spaces appear larger than they are. A bold color can create an attractive accent wall in a room. Using a darker color on one wall can make the wall appear to recede, creating the illusion of a bigger space. 

4. Avoid Darker Hues

Darker colors aren’t necessarily off-limits for small spaces, but they can feel gloomy unless you have ample natural and artificial light. If you want to create a light and bright mood, it’s best to stick with a lighter color palette. Choose a vibrant jewel tone but avoid dark blues, purples, or black, which can make a space feel dark and cave-like rather than warm and cozy.  

5. Beige Isn’t Always Boring

Neutral colors don’t have to be boring. With tones ranging from cool grays to warm terra-cotta, modern neutrals can work in any size room. Medium neutral tones give a room substance and style without overwhelming it. 

6. Plan for the Future

It’s always important to choose paint colors you like, but you should also consider the future. Is the room likely to be repurposed as a home office or nursery? Are you planning to sell your home soon? Planning ahead means you won’t have to repaint a room too soon. 

7. Always Test Before You Commit

After you’ve narrowed down your color selections, it’s essential to try them out. Painting large samples on a white poster board is an easy way to see how colors will appear in a room. Artificial and natural light impact the appearance of any color, so viewing paint samples at different times throughout the day is important.

In Conclusion

Selecting the right color options can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process. Lighter colors that reflect more light will always make smaller rooms look more spacious. Light neutrals, including off-white, beige, or grays, are reliable and stylish options. Even a bold color can work in a small space with the proper lighting and finishes. A professional paint contractor can be an invaluable resource when it comes to choosing paint colors for your home.

Trust the Local Painting Professionals

The benefits of hiring a professional painter are numerous. You’ll save time, energy, and money and have peace of mind knowing the work was completed safely and professionally. By hiring local painting professionals, you’ll benefit from their expertise and support your local community at the same time. 

Mr. Mole’s Painting LLC offers a variety of interior and exterior painting services for both commercial and residential properties. We provide in-person and virtual quotes for your convenience. Contact us today at (218) 255-7168 to discuss your needs. 


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