These expert-approved hues may be the secret to opening up a minuscule or cramped-feeling room.
The right paint color can accomplish a lot — it can flatter everyone in the room, help bring good energy to a space, and even keep you from getting sick. And luckily for small space dwellers, a well-chosen wall hue can also make a room feel much bigger than it is. (Yes, you can paint small rooms colors other than white.)
To help you narrow down your search for that perfect room-expanding shade, Trulia tapped into their network of design pros for advice.
Four shades topped the list as the best all-around colors to make a space feel larger, including three soft neutrals: PPG Paints Swirling Smoke, Benjamin Moore Cloud White, and Farrow & Ball Skylight. Surprisingly, a deeper shade — Benjamin Moore Hale Navy — made the cut as well.
But according to Anne Miller of Miller House Interiors, a saturated hue can be completely appropriate for small spaces. “The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming,” she told Trulia.
Beyond the best all-around colors, Trulia also highlighted five shades that make a space feel bigger when they’re used on both the walls and the trim: Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog, Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece, PPG Paints Geyser, PPG Paints Colonial Aqua, and PPG Paints Stonehenge Greige.
The collection of gray and blue shades can help trick the eye into thinking a room is more expansive than it is. “By painting the walls and trim the same paint color, your ceilings appear to be taller, since there are no breaks in the trim,” explained Charlotte Lucas of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design.
Check out the infographic below to see all 14 must-know shades, and head to Trulia for more on why they were chosen.
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