What are the rules for using color in small spaces?
There really are no rules, but there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.
Generally speaking, dark or warm colors will make the space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not carved in stone!
Use Color to Create a Focal Point
You’ll be able to jazz up a small space with bold or dark colors if you either use the color on a feature wall as a focal point or if you use the color in adjoining rooms.
Use a Bold Color in Stripes
Using bold stripes on a neutral background is an excellent way to visually expand a room plus it will add a pop of color and draw the eye through the length of the space.
Use the Same Color in Adjoining Rooms
Painting adjoining rooms with the same color will create the illusion of a larger space. Or try using two or three different shades of the same color. That’s a great idea regardless of the size of the rooms. It’s always a good idea to keep the same basic theme throughout the home.
Use Bold Colors for Furniture and Accessories
Using bright colors on furniture and accessories in small spaces will give you that pop of color that you desire without making the room seem smaller.
Bold, colorful upholstery, decorator pillows, vases, and drapes are all elements that can be used in small spaces. Just remember to bring that color into the other rooms in some way, as well.
Notice how these red chairs draw the eye toward the end of the room? That’s how to visually expand the space with a focal point using bold color.
Experiment With Colors
Speaking of painting walls, the best way to decide on a color is to purchase the 2-ounce samples that are available at all home improvement stores and paint stores. You’ll be able to paint an area about 12″ by 24″ which is large enough to tell if it’s really what you thought it would be!
Use color in small spaces judiciously but do it your way! It’s your home and it should reflect your personality. If your favorite color is purple, by all means use purple…just maybe not on every wall!
Have you tried a unique way to incorporate color into your small space? I’d love to hear about your experiences and whether or not this post helped you decide one way or the other so leave a comment if you like.