What Are the Best Paint Colors for Small Rooms?

What Are the Best Paint Colors for Small Rooms?

We all wish we could have some more space in our lives, more time, or more room in our homes. Unfortunately, we can’t always have more, so it is important to fully take advantage of what we have!

Painting your small rooms the right colors can make them appear wildly bigger, and much comfier to reside in. Say goodbye to feeling suffocated and cramped!

Imagine walking into your room and getting that “ahhhh” feeling, without having to pay for the extra square feet! The right paint color will do the trick. Sounds like magic huh?

Believe or not choosing the best paint colors for small rooms does not have to be difficult. Want to be an expert on maximizing the appearance of your space? (Of course, you do) Then check out our simple guide to picking the right paint colors for small rooms and making your space look the absolute best!

Rules of Thumb for Choosing the Best Paint Colors for Small Rooms

Here are some rules that without a doubt will make painting your small room, a whole lot easier!


When in doubt stay in a lighter color scheme, we’re talking neutral tans, light grays, whites, and pastels. Any colors that will enhance natural lighting to make your space appear larger. These are the best paint colors for small rooms.

Take advantage of natural lighting, try to enhance light as much as possible. This can be done by using a sprayed finish on top of a great paint job.

This is another great service we offer; using a sprayed finish that will allow natural lighting to bounce off walls really does wonders (trust us).

There are certain earthier tones that can be utilized when painting small rooms. For example, an earthy green or deep blue. Although these should only be used in a room lacking natural lighting, or the opposite of a window. Otherwise, the deeper colors will absorb light giving the opposite effect, making rooms look smaller.


Remember! Dark colors tend to absorb light and make rooms look smaller.

If you are unsure exactly what to do when painting small spaces a basic rule to remember is to avoid dark colors. Black, dark greys, blues, or browns are not your friends in this situation. Colors like these will only oppress the space being painted.

Another sure thing to NOT do when painting small rooms is to never paint the ceiling a colored paint especially if the room has low ceilings. Sticking to a white is always the best option. If you have your heart set on painting the ceiling use a light tan color scheme.

Take Into Account All the Elements in the Room

Pair your paint colors in a similar scheme with your furniture in order to make all elements in the room flow together and make the space feel light and airy.

You would be surprised how a small tweak can enhance the room. Details such as matching paint color to a bedspread, or flooring in the room can be just the finishing touch needed.

Consider spacing in the room; spacing out furniture so the wall paint can be seen, rather than crowding furniture together will also make rooms look larger.

Use Complementary Colors When Painting Small Spaces

If using more than one color in the same room ensure the colors are complementary, you can make sure to do this by using a color wheel.

Colors that are opposing on the color wheel are actually the colors that look good together! (weird right?). This is an excellent tool in knowing exactly what colors are going to look really good together.

If you’re still unsure about what colors to put together use like-colors. For instance: a coffee-colored paint, with a cream complimentary color. Makes you want some coffee huh?

Don’t Be Afraid of Neutrals

Remember! Neutrals don’t have to mean bland. Simply a muted version of any specific color. This means neutral lilac, blue, mauve, red, ivory, or browns.

Neutrals are timeless and are often the best at making small rooms look more spacious.

If you’re afraid that a neutral color will look bland you can always add a complimentary accent wall. When painting an accent wall be aware of which wall you are painting.

The accent wall is going to appear wider than the other walls so add it wherever you could use some more width! It is always a good idea to paint an accent wall opposite a wall with windows this allows natural light to pop off the appropriate colors.

Another way to add a spunky pop of color is with furniture in your room. A patterned rug or some accent stripes on a wall with a complimentary color will do the trick!

Match Colors to the Rest of Your Home

To make your whole living space look blended and open making sure paint colors compliment each other throughout the whole home is imperative. When all the rooms in your home complement one another it makes your whole home look larger!

If the kitchen and the dining room are two completely different color schemes space will look choppy. If they suit each other space will blend better, therefore looking larger.

Now it’s time to get creative! The most important thing to remember is to have fun picking out your colors!

As long as you remember these simple tips you can’t go wrong when picking the best paint colors for small rooms. Feel free to contact us with any questions about what services we offer, estimates, or any other general questions. We are happy to help!