Small Space Contrasts: Brights vs. Neutrals

Small Space Contrasts: Brights vs. Neutrals

Carolyn Purnell
Apr 19, 2012

It's true that white walls and neutral colors can make small rooms look and feel airier and more open, but limiting oneself to a neutral palette is no longer the only accepted option for small spaces.

There's something undoubtedly soothing about a serene white, gray, or beige space with natural woods and the occasional hint of charcoal or black. But especially in rooms lacking architectural character, pops of color, dark walls, and paint effects are effective and accepted ways to infuse a small space with drama and personality. While there's no right or wrong answer to the color/no color quandary, today these two types of spaces come face to face. Which do you prefer?

Neutrals vs. Brights:

1. Caitlin's Small, Stylish San Francisco Home House Tour vs.
Better Homes & Gardens

2. Natalie and Bart's Clean and Simple Apartment House Tour vs.
Small Cool 2009: Lynda's Playhouse Small Division #17

3. Cory and Kristine's Marriage of Classic and Graphic House Tour vs.
Marie's Memphis Apartment House Call

4. Chris & Erin's Farmhouse Add-On House Tour vs.
Eleonore Bridge

5. Christopher Crawford's Downtown Studio: Time Out New York vs.
Sarah's Stylish West Village Home House Tour

6. Sneak Peek: Nikole of Herriott Grace at Design*Sponge vs.
Sneak Peek: Joy Thigpen at Design*Sponge

7. Sneak Peek: Michelle Adams at Design*Sponge vs.
Meg & Brad's Student Sanctuary House Tour

8. Lolalina vs.
Leah & Rich's Evolving Patina House Tour

9. Stylizimo vs.
Callen & Eli's Artful Treehouse House Tour

10. Made by Girl vs.
Naseem's Back Bay Live/ Work Space House Tour

11. Ryan's Georgetown Vintage Americana House Tour vs.
Fieldstone Hill Design via La Dolce Vita

12. Alexandria's Old Soul Apartment House Call vs.

Small Space Contrasts: Light vs. Dark Walls
Dark Walls in Small Spaces
ColorTherapy: Notes on Color in Small Spaces

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