How to Choose Paint Colors for a Small Living Room
Don’t ever think you’re limited with color choice in a small living room. Bringing color into small living rooms can be tricky, but with the right hues, you can make the space look brighter, bigger, and just better. Generally speaking, lighter colors reflect the light in a room and create a perception of depth that makes the walls appear further away. Dark hues can also create the illusion of a larger space by blurring the corners and lines You can make a tiny room feel dynamic simply by playing up the cozy factor with rich dark colors.
Take a good look at your living room space before you begin choosing paint colors. Where is the natural light? Where are its darkest corners? Check which direction the light is coming into your room. A small south-facing living room is filled with natural light so your color choice is endless. Neutrals become golden and cool shades balance out that bright sunlight. North-facing rooms, generally get less light and can feel darker so need warmer shades.
Using paint color is an easy way to transform a room and can instantly alter the style, mood, and perspective of any space. But when it comes to small living rooms we somehow become stuck: what are the rules? Should certain colors simply be avoided? What are the tricks to make it look bigger?
Should Small Living Rooms be Painted Light or Dark?
It all comes down to personal choice; there are no rules, so opt for a shade you love and want to spend time in. ‘As humans, we crave natural light. For this reason, it is best to ensure that the rooms in which we spend most of our time during the day, and this is often the kitchen, are the lightest in our homes, and then we can retire to deeper colored, cozy rooms in the evening.’ says Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball Color Curator.
Choosing the Best Colors for a Small Living Room
Don’t think that you’re limited with color choice in a small living room space. In general, lighter colors reflect the light in a room and create a perception of depth that makes the walls appear further away. Dark hues are full of hidden tricks too, blurring the corners and lines creating the illusion of a larger space. You can make a tiny room feel dynamic simply by playing up the cozy factor with rich dark colors.
Before you begin choosing your living room paint colors, take a good look at the space. Check which direction the light is coming into your room. Where are its darkest corners? A small south-facing living room is filled with natural light so your color choice is endless. Neutrals become golden and cool shades balance out that bright sunlight. North-facing rooms, generally get less light and can feel darker so they need warmer shades.
‘Many opt to use bright white in small living rooms with the aim of making the room appear larger; however, light neutrals used in a tonal scheme will have the same effect whilst not appearing too stark. If there is a lot of natural light in a small room then using light tones will make the room feel more spacious,’ says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director of Little Greene. Play around with paint.
Use the same shade on walls and woodwork to maximize the area from floor to ceiling, including baseboards, door frames, and picture rails. Create the illusion of a bigger space with a light-colored ceiling that appears to raise the height. Try painting vertical stripes to create the illusion of height in a small living room to make the eye look upwards. This elongates the room making the space feel taller or similarly horizontal bands exaggerate the width of space tricking your eyes.
What Colors Make a Small Living Room Look Bigger?
Light colors reflect the light and make the walls recede, that’s why white living rooms tend to be so popular. You can create a sense of a bigger room with a shade of white that is not too stark. Make any other item in the room darker and this will become the centerpiece, not the walls. ‘Either embrace the bold to enhance the depth of your room, or keep it light and neutral to open up every last square inch of your sanctuary. For a light and organic feel check out warmer off-whites or light beiges. Softer colors reflect light rather than absorb it, so can ping it around the room to suggest more space.’ explains Rob Green, Co-Founder of COAT Paints
Work With the Natural Light in the Room
Natural light is the best kind of light to liven up a room. It plays a major role in our spatial perception. It lights up all corners of a room, allowing us to see more of the space, thus making it look more open and expansive. ‘South facing room get lots of strong, warm light which makes dark paint shades appear brighter and delicate shades paler. If you like a softer kind of vibe, then look for light greige, soft violets, pale teals, and dusty blues which will balance out intense light.’ says Rob Green, Co-Founder of COAT Paints. ‘Warmer tones are a great choice for North facing rooms where the light is naturally cold. Using warmer tones will provide balance to a scheme, whilst cool tones in the same situation may appear stark,’ says Andy Greenall Head of Design, Paint & Paper Library.
Though you may have to make some concessions when it comes to furnishing a small living room, you actually have more options when it comes to painting your cozy living space. While larger living rooms can often feel overwhelming with certain paint colors, a small one can work with either dark or light shades. Consider the natural light in the room and which direction the light is coming in before choosing the best paint colors. It all comes down to personal choice; there are no rules, so opt for a shade you love and want to spend time in!
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