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The best paint colors for a small bedroom

Small dark bedroom with bouclé cushion

WordsMaha Elley

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Does your bedroom make Harry’s cupboard under the stairs look practically palatial? Don’t despair. You can create the illusion of more space with your design and DIY choices. From adding more reflective surfaces to minimzing clutter with smart storage hacks, there are plenty of small bedroom decorating ideas that can turn a tiny space into a room that feels comfy, not cramped.

A potential solution to your small bedroom woes? The right paint color. Not only can a splash of the right color help to energise and invigorate your space, it can also help to make your small kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms feel bigger. 

Of course, we consulted with our color specialists on this. And they had a few thoughts on the matter. 

First, consider the light

Before you make any big color decisions for any room, it’s important to assess what you’re working with when it comes to light. According to our Lead Colour Specialist Tash, you’ve got to consider shadows when you’re painting a small room, as you can see more shadows in smaller rooms. As Tash explained, “Colours help to absorb shadow - so you don’t notice the corners against a room so much.”

Luckily, the right colors can offer a solution for this (read more about color theory here). Find out more about how to brighten up a dark room and discover the best paint colors for your small bedroom below. 

The best paint colors for a small bedroom 

Greys 

Let’s kick off with a classic (and one of Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year) grey. Based on color psychology, looking at grey doesn’t really evoke a strong physical connection. However, this theory applies to a grey with no undertone and no pigment—also known as “battleship grey”. At Lick, we’ve developed a whole host of greys that all have an undertone that you can really connect to. 

Tash recommends the following grey paint for a small bedroom: 

  • Our light greys, Grey 02 and Grey 03, are muted enough to create the illusion of space. But they also have a lovely lavender undertone that adds a touch of warmth to the grey, creating a nurturing effect that you’d want in a bedroom (kinda like pink–but more on that later).

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Whichever grey you choose, bring out its undertones with another color elsewhere in your bedroom. If you’re going for Grey 02/03 on your walls, add pink or yellow cushions to draw out the lavender undertones in the paint. If you opt for Grey 04/07, add green plants to bring out the green undertones in the paint.

Pinks

Using an uplifting color such as pink can not only help to energize any small space, it also has a strong nurturing quality. Sleeping in a pink bedroom is kind of like sleeping in a warm hug. As pink comes from red, it’s a color that evokes that strong physical reaction. If you want to create a space where you feel snug and safe, light pinks such as light Pink 01, Pink 03 or Pink 04 are the way to go.

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Blues

To create the illusion of space in a tiny bedroom and a room that you can really unwind and relax in, reach for a soft blue. Blue recedes, so it’s a great choice for smaller rooms. Paint up to your ceiling in Blue 01 or Blue 02 to add height to your room, and then paint your ceiling in White 03 or White 05 for an airy, spacious effect. 

Vanessa, one of our resident Color Specialists, recommends a blue/grey combo: “A personal favourite of mine is slate Blue 06 paint, a beautiful slate blue with pigments of black. This can be balanced with the playful and warm Grey 02 to soften the bedroom.”

(Read here to find out the colors that go with blue)

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