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Color Schemes for Small Spaces

Interior designer Pam Tan and architect Allen Obleña share unexpected color palettes for tiny spaces


One of the best ways to expand your space is by using the perfect color palette. Make your condo home look spacious by mixing sharp colors with neutrals. Interior designer Pam Tan and architect Allen Obleña share with us the best color palettes for small spaces.

Read the original article in the February 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Dove Gray + Pastel Blues

The combination of the colors gray and blue can turn a room into a calm and well-designed space. This color palette can also make your room look larger. “Solid and monotones or cool tones from the color wheel, like grays and blues together, with a lighter shade in the ceiling appears more fluid this making the room look larger," shares Pam.

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Dark Colors + White

When you pair dark shades with neutral colors, you create a soothing atmosphere that simultaneously enlarges your space. Gray and white is a classic color combination that provides a clean and crisp look for quaint spaces. Choose furniture in shades of gray, such as a dove gray sofa, to serve as a perfect backdrop to an off-white room.

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Neutrals + Accent Color

To create a cozy aura and a classic interior to your home, pair neutrals like white or gray with an accent color. This unexpected combination brightens any space while making it look bigger. Use gray for your walls and sunny yellow for your accessories or furniture.

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