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10 Color Tricks for Small Homes

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

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Low wall? Tight hallway? Dinky little nook? Whatever your problem, let hues and shades work magic in your  limited space. 

RAISE UP A LOW CEILING

Colorful vertical stripes can make a ceiling seem high. Add oomph to this optical illusion by opting for rich, 70s-inspired hues.

BRIGHTEN A NARROW HALLWAY

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

DISTRACT WITH A BOLD WALL

If the home has a strange layout, use a bold color to distract guests from the awkward shape.

USE DARK CURTAINS

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

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 relaxing feel.

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 a dull colors like gray or black.

DEFINE A TINY CORNER WITH BLACK

Add edge to a dull and boring spot by painting the wall black.

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