Choosing the best paint colors for a room is not easy. At the very least it will involve carefully combing through paint swatches and then, ideally, putting several paint swatches up on the walls for a few days to make certain you know what the color looks like in every light before committing to covering a whole wall (or room) in the stuff.
But when a space lacks natural light, when the space, without the aid of bright electric light, goes from dim to dimmer to dark as the day progresses, choosing paint colors becomes even more challenging.
Paint colors can make things worse. Shades that are too muted or too cool can make sun-deprived interiors feel uninviting. Instead, play up the light from lamps and overhead fixtures with lighter, warmer shades to visually expand dark spaces and create a welcoming atmosphere for you and your family.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite paint colors for dark rooms that do a wonderful job a brightening up the space while also adding visual interest.
This timeless blue can brighten even the darkest corner of the home. It’s well-suited to traditional interiors when paired with crisp white details, dark wood furnishings, and deep red tones in upholstery. Powder blue is an excellent choice for a smaller, darker bathroom or a tiny kitchen but it works well in smaller bedrooms too.
The versatile appeal of lavender is especially effective in low-light rooms. It has a wide range of shades that work well, from barely-there tints to dusky violet hues. For a more grown-up interpretation, pair lavender with gray, black, and white
Ideal for a darker kitchen, what better way to mimic natural light in a room than with sunny yellow walls? Light, buttery hues reflect artificial light luminously without the risk of overpowering the space, as a bolder shade might. Enhance the classic look of yellow interiors with white woodwork and warm wood tones.
Warm, not overly bright oranges like apricot, pumpkin and tangerine can transform an interior with few sources of light into a gathering place that exudes warmth. Chalk it up to orange’s ability to glow radiantly when lit by lamps, candlelight, or even sunlight from a small window. It’s great for mud rooms, small dining rooms and small kids bedrooms, especially if the room belongs to an older child.
Gray is a favorite of home stagers for creating a neutral look that isn’t simply comprised of stark whites. It works equally well in both sun-bathed and sun-deprived spaces. For dimly lit spaces, choose a lighter shade for the walls and incorporate bright accents into the room through woodwork, fabrics, and accessories.
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