5 colors you should never paint a small bedroom – and the shades you should use instead


Avoiding white? In a small bedroom? But white is meant to be the color to use in tiny spaces right? Well, actually, in its purest,  brightest form, white can be a harsh color and make a small space look stark and clinical.


Red comes up a lot when we speak with color experts on 'colors to avoid'. It's not the easiest color to work with since in any form it's bold and vivid. In a small bedroom, there is the risk that it will totally overwhelm the room, and make it feel very claustrophobic and intense. Far from the serene and calming vibes you want in a bedroom.


'Your bedroom should be your sanctuary.  When you're limited with space you want to make the best of it. We always avoid tones of orange and yellow on floors and brighter tones of those colors on walls. Bright yellow takes energy and strains the eye over time. It can actually be stress-inducing and tiring, which is not something you want to experience when trying to relax!  Plus, these colors tend to be harder to match with other wood tones and are often reminiscent of high school team colors and drive-thru restaurants


Noticing a theme here? A lot of these colors are bold shades from the warmer side of the color wheel. Blues and greens are known to be perfect bedroom colors, they are the best colors for sleep and always create a soothing space, no matter what size you are dealing with. But these hotter, more vivid shades like pinks, reds, yellows, and oranges are likely to be too intense in a small bedroom.


Black in its darkest, truest form is a color to be avoided in a small bedroom. It's a color to be avoided in any bedroom. Even if you do want to embrace darker shades in a small bedroom, you never want the space to feel cave-like. Steer clear of black that doesn't have undertones of any other color, what you want to be looking out for instead is blue/blacks, deep charcoal greys, or for a warmer look really deep moody browns.

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