3 Interior Color Rules for Small Spaces

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For small interior spaces, the color of paint used for the flooring and walls can greatly influence the room's perceived square area. While there may be no actual modification to the size of the room, certain colors can make it feel bigger or more spacious while others can make it feel smaller or more enclosed. Keep in mind that colors are governed by rules as much as anything else. While you can combine any two colors you wish, there are no guarantees that they will blend nicely together. Colors have qualities that need to be considered, especially when you are trying to create a pleasant atmosphere inside your home.

Consider these 3 tips when painting a small interior room.

Keep It Simple

In a small room, don't make anything too complicated. On the walls, ceiling, and floor, don’t try to do too much with color. A single, simple shade for the walls and another for the ceiling will suffice. Also, take care to match the color of the paint with the color of the flooring so they blend together as seamlessly as possible. Avoid complicated wallpaper patterns or any other design that will draw attention to the small stature of the room.

Dark Colors Toward Bottom

If you do have multiple or even gradient color patterns in a small room, be sure to arrange the scheme so that the darkest colors are toward the bottom, getting lighter as they move up to the ceiling. This includes the flooring. For instance, in a bathroom with dark green floor tiles, the walls should not be darker than the floor. A lighter, olive green or a subtle yellow will look nice on the walls next to dark flooring. The whole gradient color design will culminate on the ceiling in an even subtler green or a white shade. Rooms with walls darker than the floors tend to look like a box with no bottom.

Lighter is Better

The most basic rule of decorating a small room with color is to keep it light. Rooms with walls darker than the floors tend to look like a box with no bottom. You don't want anyone to feel like the walls are caving in on them when they walk into a room, so use these guidelines when painting a bathroom, office or laundry room.