Divide & Color: How To Use Paint to Separate Small Spaces
In tiny homes where a single room often serves multiple functions, color can separate a space into zones with different functions. If your bedroom is also your office and your living room is also your dining room, try using paint as a visual divider to section off areas—without sacrificing an inch of livable space.
Sunny yellow paint distinguishes this closet-turned-office from the adjoining hallway in Laura & Ray’s Art-Filled Austin Home.
Create a primping station in your bedroom without investing in a vanity. Paint a colorful square on the wall and add a shallow shelf painted to match, as spotted on Decocrush, above.
A two-tone color treatment highlights this little eating area positioned right in the middle of a high-traffic area. The designers at Fusion D used a paned-glass wall to delineate the space without adding a visual barrier.
The charcoal wall blends seamlessly into a dark wood table in Saadia, Kip & Betsy’s Brooklyn Base, creating a compact and unified dining room that sits snuggly between the kitchen and living room.
You’d never guess that this color-coordinated reading nook is tucked on the side of a dining room—making it the ideal spot to recline after a big meal. Designer Caroline Olsson swept green paint up the wall, which transitions to mint green when it hits the ceiling.
Tell me, small-space dwellers, would you consider using paint to divide a room?