A room in your home becomes a quiet refuge from the bustle of everyday life. However, if the room is
small, decorating it with dark-colored pieces of furniture and painting or wallpapering the walls dark might not be the best step. This is because dark colors tend to constrict space — a small room becomes even smaller. Thus, that feeling of pleasant seclusion can become so strong that it will eventually give you a feeling of confinement. That room in your home then becomes a place you would rather escape from rather than relax into.
So what is the best way to decorate a small room? Decorate the small room using bright, light colors. Bright and light colors are meant to create the illusion of space. If your furniture pieces are dark-colored, use light colors with rugs or carpets, and wallpaper or paint. White or light-colored walls can make a room seem much more spacious than dark-colored walls.
Don’t think that you’re limited to white or beige. There are several light colors to choose from — pale turquoise, pale goldenrod, wheat, light pink, lavender, ghost white, mint cream, ivory, linen, bisque…The list could go on. Go to your local library for books on do-it-yourself interior decorating or visit Home Depot to see a range of paint colors you can choose from. You’re sure to find a color that suits your personality and make that small room look much more spacious.