Perfect Paint Colors for Small Rooms

When you are decorating small spaces, as we New Yorkers inevitably are faced with, picking your paint color can make the difference between a feeling of expansion or confinement. Some top decorators shared their go-to colors when it comes to spiffing up the sparse.

1. Blueberry by Benjamin Moore. According to Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design, if you paint a room dark and then furnish it with light pieces, it makes the room look both bigger and brighter.

2. Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore. Designer Becky Shea says that darker hues blur the lines of corners, especially in rooms with little light. She recommends layering with dark drapes.

3. Onyx by Benjamin Moore. Amanda Reynal likes using Onyx for both the woodwork and walls in small rooms. She says that by painting everything the same color, the white ceiling seems higher because there are fewer horizontal lines.

4. Phoenix Sand by Benjamin Moore. Danielle Rollins prefers this color for its rich and warm glow. She says the light bounces off of it in a way that not only makes furniture and artwork look beautiful, but the people in the room too!

5. Calm by Benjamin Moore. The name says it all! When Becky Shea isn’t going for Onyx, she lightens it up with Calm, which she prefers for its easy pairing with different textiles.

6. Calamine by Farrow & Ball. Not too far off in hue from her other choice, Danielle Rollins uses Calamine in ultra-high gloss. She says the effect feels like the inside of a seashell.

Cover photo by Virginia Macdonald, design by Ann Hepfer (who casts her vote for Benjamin Moore’s white-but-not-too-white Chantilly Lace. 

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