Small Space

But this Room Is So Small: Color It Dark Anyway

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Conventional practice has it that dark hues are a major no for small spaces. If you are like most of us, the bright-colors-only blueprint is one you have faithfully followed over the years.

If you have had enough recycling of the neon colors, whites and light blues, it will be comforting, inspiring even, to know that this is a rule you can break and make your preferred dark colors work for you. But how do you go about this?

You can use one of two ways to achieve this: bravely embrace dark walls or use accessories and furnishings in dark colors.

To rock the first option,

  • Use a dark color on your walls and ensure that furnishings like the carpet, sofas and curtains are in a softer complementing color.

dark small room design

black and white small room

  • You can paint horizontal stripes across the wall in a brighter, complementary color to make the room appear longer and, in essence, bigger.
small room horizontal paint

small room horizontal paint

small room designed with horizontal wall paint

  • You may also opt to paint only one wall in your choice dark color, while keeping the remaining three walls a softer hue.
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small room painting

If you prefer working with accessories,

  • Keep the walls bright so that the overall look is balanced.

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bright painted small room

A jungle green carpet against pastel sofas and walls will look resplendent.