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12 Ways to Use Color in A Small Home

The right use of colors can make any limited area seem more spacious and interesting

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Original Article: Marina A. Fernandez Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photos)

Small homes can be challenging to decorate, and even tougher to maximize. But with the right color scheme, a limited space can reach greater heights. Let the right hues and shades work like magic in your space with these tips: 

Raise up a low ceiling

Colorful vertical stripes can make a ceiling seem high. A simpler way to achieve the same effect is by simply painting your ceiling a lighter color.


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Brighten a narrow hallway

Paint the end of a long, narrow hallway with a vibrant color like lemony yellow. This will add life to a plain corridor.

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Distract with a bold wall

Painting an accent wall a rich, dark color can give an impression of a bigger space.

Use dark curtains

Downplay a rich color by using soft furnishings in neutral colors like white, khaki, or navy.


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Use a bright rug

The living area can be separated from the other parts of the home with a brightly colored floor rug.

Add a few colorful pieces

Choose one or two pieces in bold colors and place against a neutral backdrop.


Try muted complementaries

Instead of pops of strong color, choose muted complementary hues for a cohesive, relaxing feel.

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White is a no-fail solution for small rooms

If bold colors scare you, an all-white approach leads to a seamless, airy feel in any room.

Disguise an awkward beam

Disguise unattractive beams by painting them in dull colors like gray or black, or even in the same color as your walls, to make them look like they are disappearing into the space.

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Define a tiny corner with black

Contrary to what most may think, painting a wall black may help give an impression of a larger space. Add edge to a dull and boring spot by painting the wall black.


Stick to a color family

Furniture and decorations that are either the same color as or similar in hue with the color of the walls tend to look like they blend with the rest of the room, lending an overall effect of cohesiveness and tricking the eye into thinking that the space is larger than it actually is.

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Bring the outdoors in

Having small potted plants inside your space can give a sense of connection to the outdoors and lend the impression of a bigger space. The rich green hues help elevate the space, too!

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