Failproof Paint & Color Tips for Small Spaces

Failproof Paint & Color Tips for Small Spaces

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Dabney Frake
Sep 19, 2014

Paint color choices affect your space in both real, and imagined, ways. Using color strategically, you can wrap a room around your little finger, and manipulate it to appear different than it actually is. Learn these five ways to use paint to your advantage...

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Make it Monochromatic: One-color schemes lets the eye can move easily around the room without abrupt interruption by other colors. It also hides your ability to perceive dimension, so things feel more spacious than they actually are. If you want to open the space up, keep paint the same color as the furniture and/or rest of the decor, and just use slightly different color values to add interest to the space.

Embrace Deep, Dark & Cozy: Sometimes it’s nice to cozy up in a little cocoon, and shut out the world outside. The cool colors keep the bedroom calm and serene; consider warmer shades in a small entry or a bathroom.

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Go Glossy: While darker colors certainly make a room seem cozy, they also absorb light, making the space feel smaller. To counter this, use glossy paint to offset the deep tones and reflect as much light as possible. Steven Gambrel did this to his NYC home, opting for an actual lacquered finish.

Paint it White: Yes, it’s the safe choice, but there's a reason it works: white paint is the ultimate space-creator in that it makes the walls "recede" and reflects lots of light. It works best in rooms with a lot of architectural detail and interest, and in naturally bright rooms. (Otherwise, you might want to go the deep, cozy route.)

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