Oh man, I can't wait to blow your mind. The SINGLE biggest myth I hear a lot of homeowners say they live by is limiting and just isn't true!
MYTH: I have a small room, therefore, I cannot paint it anything but white/a light color and it must have very minimal furnishings.
FALSE. Prepare to fight the urge to run to the paint store for that color you always wanted to paint your tiny bathroom. I understand how this myth started, but it is no way to live! Coincidentally, dark hues are also trending for 2019. Here are three design tips for your small spaces that do not include painting those walls a light color.
1. Choose Smart Lighting
Maximize natural light when you can, but that is unfortunately not always possible for rooms that have fewer windows. It’s best to have multiple lighting options for this type of space in order to become well lit. I recommend having your light fixtures on dimmer switches for different brightness options. If you can make the space bright by adding proper lighting, there is no reason you can't experiment with fun colors and design elements next!
2. Consider the rest of the space
If you opt to paint your walls a dark color, consider balancing the darkness with a painted white ceiling to reflect light. This is also a great beginning point if you are just getting used to the idea of having a deep statement hue in your home.
The color and saturation of your furnishings also need to be considered after painting your space a dark hue. I recommend bringing in warm wood tones to balance a deep saturation on the walls. Additionally, I love the look of matching the color of your furnishings to the wall for a chic monochromatic look!
3. Style Wisely
Being cognizant of the size of your space and styling it accordingly will help to unabashedly enforce that dark color swiped over the walls in a room.
Don't be afraid to hang fun artwork or stylish storage shelves to make the most of a tight space. Use what wall space you do have to display your old books and trinkets on open shelving, hang plants from the ceiling, and position your furniture so there is a distinct pathway for circulation, and you'll be on your way!
4. Color CHOICE
I’m in support of doing what your heart desires; if you love that rich forest green paint for your living room walls, then why not? I painted my mom's small bathroom a deep purple, and it is honestly one of my favorite spaces in the house. It modernized the character of her old home and looks great with the white tile floors; not to mention how relaxing the purple is for a bubble bath!
If you love the look of homes that have a dark statement color on the walls, furnishings, and even on the ceiling, go for it! There is no truth to saying that darker colors will make your room appear smaller, it's all about considering how every element in a room affects the design as a whole.