“What are the best paint colors for small spaces and why?” Originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Annie Wang.
For small spaces, I like dark colors: a dark grey or even black. Nothing — absolutely nothing — is going to facilitate a dramatic increase of space, visually. The whitest white paint and the brightest sunlight will not make a small room large. So go with what you’ve got: a small room can be turned into a wonderfully intimate, cozy nook with dark paint colors.
Navy, burgundy, dark grey, black — these are all beautiful shades. Just make sure you get truly good paint — it’s worth splurging on, especially when it comes to darker shades. Better brands of paint will have richer pigments and prettier tones.