Color Ideas For A Small Living Room

The living room is often the center of a home. For most people, it’s the space that brings everyone together. Whether you’re watching TV, playing games, or hosting a party, your living room is typically the heart of your home.

One of the best ways to make a small living room feel larger is to use mirrors effectively in your decor. Mirrors brighten up any space and reflect light, drawing the attention upward, making your ceilings look higher. Mirrors are also useful for creating depth in space as well.

I don’t know about you, but I love to make my living room look amazing. I’m always looking for ways to update it with new furniture and accessories, but sometimes it’s hard to find the right color choices that will help make a small space feel bigger and brighter.

Here are some of my favorite design tricks for finding the perfect paint colors in your small living room: The choice is yours!

What are some things to consider when choosing colors for a small living room?

The interior painting experts all agree — neutral colors look great on a wall (it’s the trim that can be tricky). I’m talking about the classic white and tan combo, as well as the blue-green hues. It’s also important to make sure your paint is a matte finish. Glossy only makes things harder to see, which creates more strain for your eyes. Take into consideration the size, depth, layout, style and spaces you have to work with in order to be able to choose a shade and hue that works best for your space.

What colors make small rooms look bigger and brighter?

If you want to give your small living room a more spacious feel, go with a neutral palette. This can be achieved with white, beige or gray walls. A darker neutral color will give the room a cozier feel and light neutral colors will make it seem brighter.

When choosing a paint color to make your small room look bigger and brighter, remember to choose light and airy colors.

A few color options you could choose from are from the Benjamin Moore collection:

images/small-living-room-white-walls.webp Creams or Taupe is considered ‘safe’ as it is the perfect backdrop for any other colors and any décor.

Layer it with different undertones and hues of cream to bring your next project to life. As interior designers, we often come across clients that want to follow the latest trend.

Grey is one of those. Grey might seem dull at first, but it’s no more boring than any other color! Think of grays as a neutral, there’s plenty you can do with them.

Dark neutrals help make the space feel smaller, while light neutrals do the opposite and make it seem larger.

What colors should I avoid using in a small living room?

Avoid using darker colors when painting a small area. When working on a smaller area of space, opt for dark colors. Dark colors cleverly absorb the light of space and help to divide a room into portions of space.

Living room interior in brown and black with modern chairs, small table and tv Choose colors that aren’t too dark. You want your walls to be bright and cheerful, but you don’t need them to be white or light gray, either. If you get too dark with any element in your room, it will feel cramped and closed off—the exact opposite of what we want!

Avoid painting your ceiling a dark color as well, because it will give the illusion that the ceiling is lower than it actually is.

How can I make my small living room look cozier?

Making your home feel cozy creates a world of difference in your life.

To make your living room look cozy, you can add touches of wood, create an ambiance with lighting, go for calming colors and neutral materials.

Adding an area rug can give warmth and create a cozy mood for your family room.

Adding artwork and mirrors can cause the atmosphere to look bigger and cozier as well. Use accents to make a small room feel larger.

Contrasting colors make the eye move more quickly, so use this principle to help you decide which colors to keep.

Bright colors will stand out and give your space an energetic feeling, while calming tones can help you relax in your living room.

Use lighter paint on the walls and darker furniture pieces (or vice versa). This trick has been used by interior designers for many years because it really works! It helps keep the attention focused on where it should be—on what’s happening inside the room itself rather than outside its borders—and creates an illusion of expanded space without actually enlarging anything at all!

Another great option is to use light colored curtains or blinds on your windows. Creating an accent in a room can help tremendously as well.

Avoid these common mistakes when choosing colors for your small living room

Avoid choosing dark colors and dark hues in a small area. Dark colors absorb light and cause a room to look smaller.

Living room interior in brown and black with modern chairs, small table and tv Another thing to avoid is adding a lot of furnishings. If the room is already small, adding more furniture such as an end table, couch, sofa, chair or a coffee table that is too big can cause the room to look even smaller.

Homes are meant to feel warm and cozy. Try not to make a mistake by choosing the wrong tone for a small room.


I hope this information has given you some color ideas for a small living room and how to make it feel bigger and brighter.

You can transfer all of these tips to a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or any room. Remember, the key is to choose colors that will complement each other without competing for attention.

You can also use different shades of the same color to add depth without overwhelming your space. If all else fails, remember that white walls are always your best bet (although not for everyone).

No matter what color scheme you choose for yourself though, just remember that color shouldn’t be something people notice first when they enter your home–we hope these tips helped!

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Author Brandi Whitton

Brandi's strong dedication, teamwork, and loyalty ensure the entire office side of our operation runs smoothly. She provides world class customer service, as well as ongoing project support to make sure our customers stay in the know regarding their painting, staining, and remodeling projects.