Small rooms can be a decorating challenge, and we often reach for light colors in hopes of making the room look larger. However, a light color palette isn’t the only way to decorate a small space, and it doesn’t always make a room look larger. Don’t be afraid to use dark colors in even the smallest rooms of your home. With a few easy tips, your small spaces can handle a dark color palette.

Your powder room is the perfect spot for dark colors

Powder rooms may be small, but they can pack a big decorating punch. Your powder room or guest bath is used less often, so it can take more color and daring accessories. No amount of light paint that will hide the fact that these spaces are tiny. This is great news, as it means you can decorate however you like.

Gray powder room


Add drama to your foyer

Use a dark color palette to give your guests a big welcome in your small foyer. Most foyers and entry halls open up to other rooms, so your adjacent rooms will balance dark colors. If you’re not ready to jump into a totally dark color palette in your foyer, an accent wall or even your ceiling make good surfaces for deep colors.

foyer with accent wall

If you’re not ready to commit to lots of dark colors in your foyer, a dramatic accent wall may be the answer.

Purple foyer

Dark purple walls are the perfect backdrop for bold stripes and gold accents.

Make your formal dining room an everyday space with color

Formal dining rooms may not see everyday use, as busy lives often necessitate casual mealtimes. That said, a new color palette and furnishings can make your dining room the most-used space in your house. Deep wall color with light upholstery and accents is a classic combination, but it doesn’t have to be stuffy. Choose modern lighting and accessories for an updated look.

gray living room

Natural light is an asset for a dark dining room, illuminating your accessories and fixtures.

navy blue dining room

Crisp white dining chairs balance the rich blue of these dining room walls.

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