Best Paint and Painting Techniques for Small Rooms

Light paint or dark paint in a small room? It’s a designer’s ultimate debate. But residential painting experts prove that selecting a paint color is like picking a type of chocolate: you’ll never go wrong as long as you choose what you like.

When renovating a bedroom for yourself, any color that makes you feel comfortable is fitting. As the article “Psychology of Color” stated, the meaning of color is personal and cultural. Whereas red may calm one person’s nerves, it may make another feel uneasy. Though, in case you are painting a small bedroom for potential resale, your goals are to make the room appear as spacious as possible and to appeal to all potential buyers.

White and Off-White

Tones of off-white and white are suitable in a small bedroom because of the light and perception of space they create in a room. Though, a white room can also look stark and cold. Consider off-white shades such as pearl, light gray, cream, and ivory instead of pure white if you want to make the bedroom look cozier. In all cases, a white ceiling is suitable in a small room for creating an impression of greater height.

Serene Colors

Shades of green and blue are popular choice for a bedroom as they are perceived to induce a feeling of relaxation and peace. Avoid deep tones of green or blue in a small room as excessive color can make a small bedroom appear busy and cramped. Colors like sky blue and sage green are more likely to be common choices than bolder tones such as turquoise or pine.

Earth Tones

Earth tones, in theory, include any color that’s apparent in nature; conversely, in design the term usually refers to soft tones of yellow, orange, brown, and beige. Earth tones are often used in bungalow, craftsman, and modern architecture. Light earth tones in hues of beige or sand help a small bedroom look brighter and larger. As neutral colors, they appeal to a great number of prospective buyers.

Painting Techniques

Paint it White

It is the safe choice, but then there’s a reason it works: white paint is the ultimate space-maker in that it makes the walls “retreat” and reflects a lot of light. It works perfectly in rooms with lots of architectural interest and detail, and in inherently bright rooms.

Go Glossy

While deep dark colors indeed make a room appear cozy, they also absorb light, making the space look confined. To prevent this, use glossy paint to counteract the deep tones and reflect as much light as possible.

Embrace Deep, Dark & Cozy

At times it’s nice to sort of worm your way in a little cocoon, and lock out the world outside. The cool colors keep the bedroom serene and calm; consider warmer tones in a small bathroom or an entryway.

Make it Monochromatic

One-color patterns allow the eye to move effortlessly around the room without sudden disruption by other colors. It also obscures your ability to recognize dimension, so space appear larger than it actually is.