Building & Renovating

6 Colors You Never Thought You Could Use in Small Spaces

It’s time to give your go-to white and neutrals a break

Photography: Jilson Tiu and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photos)

Many homeowners believe that living in a small space limits their choices when it comes to working with color. While you can always inject small doses of vibrant shades through accessories, nothing compares to a bold statement that captivates. If you’re willing to give unexpected colors a try, here are options found in Real Homes that you can consider:


It's safe to say that black is an unpopular choice as there are a few who are worried that it can make a space look gloomy and cramped. When paired with light colors and wooden touches, black brings a touch of elegance like no other while making a r0om look sleeker. Take your cue from this bachelor pad. By opting to paint the cabinets black, the owner was able to achieve a sexy, streamlined aesthetic. It also adds to the clean, modern appeal of the space.

Forest Green and Rust

Deep colors like the ones used in this 15sqm unit can help create depth and an illusion of a bigger space. Hong Kong-based designer RG Rosso believes that using standard-size furniture and oversized elements can achieve a wow factor. Pairing these details with colors like forest green and rust creates a cozy home that feel like a hotel suite. Keep the colors from being too overwhelming by painting the baseboards and ceiling white.

Saturated Blue

In designing this bedroom, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo wanted to create a bold statement. To achieve this, she paired the deep blue wall with an emerald green headboard and art deco-inspired patterns in white. The color also serves as the perfect background for the vintage-inspired accessories, resulting in a sophisticated sleeping space.

Bright Yellow

Bright colors can be wake up call of sorts. A vibrant shade of yellow may just be the jolt you need to kickstart your day. Use it in the bathroom where one usually starts his routine. Achieve balance by opting for white fixtures and tempering the brightness with decals in black.


We're used to seeing pastel blue in homes. If you're the type who loves experimenting with color, take a chance on aqua. It's not only refreshing, it's calming and can give your space an interesting touch. Highlight your chosen color by pairing it with white pieces, patterned furnishings, and maximizing natural light. Click here to see more photos of this condo unit.


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