Worst Small Space Colors
1. Muted Neutrals
Not all neutrals are created equal. Beware of neutral colors that are too muted and make your room look small and dark. Choose instead a warm, neutral color that will help reflect light. Coupled with white highlights such as furniture, linens, and decorative pieces, a great muted color will keep a small space light and airy.
2. Colors That Make You Go ‘Ew’
Everyone has colors they hate. Bad colors in small spaces will make you hate them even more. When choosing a color, don’t focus exclusively on the perceived effect it will have on the space, but also on your own tastes. Your favorite color might not be ‘the one’ for a certain space, but that doesn’t mean your color choice should just be ‘I guess’. Get excited about your paint! Sometimes all it takes is a shift in undertones and shade to make it all perfect and coherent.
Red is a hot, hot, hot choice in paint…but not always in a good way. Red brings energy and warmth, heating up a room or overwhelming the general atmosphere. Used sparingly, red is often best used as a highlight in furniture, rug, or decorative piece. If you’re set on a red tone for the walls of a small room, however, we recommend muted red tones such as rust or terra-cotta.
4. Bright Colors
Ever insisted on painting your room hot pink or bright, highlighter green when you were younger? I’m sure those colors got old very quickly the older you became. New, funky, or bright colors can be fun, but don’t choose them exclusively because they’re popular. If you insist on a flashy color, use them sparsely as accent walls or highlights.
3. Bad Undertones
When a color is created by mixing two or more colors, an undertone is formed depending on the proportion of colors used. A pink with more red can become too intense or too mellow with too little red. The variation of blues can be the difference between a deep violet or a royal purple. Pay close attention to any paint color you’re considering. A neutral with an unexpected undertone can be glaring in a small space!
Ask your paint store or your paint experts at Bowman Painting to make the right decisions before the paint is applied to your walls.