Swanky Powder Room: Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn Image: ©Sherwin-Williams
A striped or stenciled accent wall can make a small room look larger. Using neutral colors, you can add interest to your space without overwhelming it. Try neutral stripes, or neutral on neutral painted stenciling, to get a unique look that draws attention away from the size of the room.
Stunning Foyer: Sir Drake Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines ©Magnolia Home
Deep emerald isn’t going anywhere—it’s a timeless color that also feels modern. Try it on a floor instead of traditional wood.
Romantic Bedroom: Carter Crème From Magnolia Home Paint ©Magnolia Home
The best home office feels like a retreat from your household responsibilities while maintaining a professional vibe. Using a rich neutral color for your home office is both relaxing and business-like. In a small home office, light neutral colors with lots of white trim and natural lighting can give the space an expansive look and improve your productivity.
This statement-making shade of gray is truly a modern paint color. Magno describes it as “a gorgeous, cool gray with blue undertones that is fabulous on its own or paired with other colors.” Use it to complement both traditional and modern décor.
Small Mudroom: Magnolia Green From Magnolia Home Paint ©Magnolia Home
These days, the word modern can mean a variety of different things when it comes to home décor, especially when choosing new paint. Some envision modern paint colors as pure white while others might picture dramatic deep hues. “Paint colors that are considered modern are not necessarily limited to modern architecture,” explains Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore color and design expert. “Rather they are colors that capture a modern sensibility.”
It’s no secret that changing your paint colorcan change the entire look and feel of a room (Sherwin Williams found it’s the first thing people notice when they walk inside, according to its 2018 survey). But choosing just the right shade can be tricky. Let these experts’ recommendations inspire your next project.
Accent walls offer a clever way to add color to a small space. You can choose a color from your overriding color scheme or choose any color that you love. The secret to using an accent wall in a small room is to keep the accent color close to your main wall color without a big contrast. This will make your room look larger and make your accent wall blend in.
Ella Rose, the nostalgic pink from Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines, has a sweet style that would be wonderful in a guest room. Pink or rose may not be your choice for a master bedroom but works well in a guest room that’s used only occasionally.
Farrow & Ball has a small paint color palette, but their colors are so rich and beautiful that you’re bound to find the perfect one for your small home. Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray is a rich greige that works well for a dining room that’s decorated in either a contemporary or traditional style. Pair this gorgeous wall color with a modern crystal chandelier for a stylish juxtaposition in a traditional dining room.
Cottage Front Door: Benjamin Moore Coral Gables 2010-40 ©Benjamin Moore
Grab a Roller—These Modern Paint Colors Will Upgrade Any Space
Subtle Accent Wall: Behr Blue Tequila PPH-52 Image ©Behr | Blue Tequila
If your style is more traditional, olive green might be the right move. It’s also ideal for millwork and trim
Moodier tones are a thing for living rooms and bedrooms this year. Add patterned pillows, a colorful rug, and greenery for a Moroccan-inspired lounge.
A mudroom may feel like a luxury, but in many regions, it’s a necessity. If your small home is lucky enough to have a mudroom, you’ll want to choose a color that is fun and cheerful without changing the dynamic of your entire color scheme. A natural green like Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Green is vibrant but still very natural. If your small home doesn’t have a full mudroom, you can create one by adding an accent wall of color, coat hooks, and benches with storage.
A deep gray shade of green, this unexpected color is surprisingly easy to style with most interior décor. “[It’s] a versatile color that pairs easily with both neutrals and bold hues,” Magno says. Test it out in the living room to see if the powerful color blends in with your décor.
Pantone’s 2018 color of the year is undeniably bold and beautiful. The company describes its pick as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.”
Even if you don’t have a dedicated foyer in your tiny home, you can use color to create a memorable entryway. Sir Drake by Joanna Gaines is a smokey green/gray that illuminates foyers big and small. Use weathered furniture and creamy white trim to bring out the moodiness of this color.
If you’re not ready to commit to a color as bold as black, start with a light gray that’s subdued but still makes a statement. “For a sophisticated look, Excalibur Gray has a slightly violet cast, making it ideal for a bedroom or bathroom,” says Magno. She suggests pairing this color with soft textures and decorative elements to complete the look.
Sunny rooms are trending again. If it’s too bold for your walls, incorporate it into your furniture, instead.
Your small home is the perfect spot for a sunny little kitchen. A warm yellow like Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow would look great with white cabinets, subway-tile walls, and a weathered gray tile floor. The secret to choosing the right yellow paint color for your small kitchen is to sample light yellow colors first, then increase the intensity if you don’t get the look you want right away.
Wall Striping: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW 6265 ©Sherwin-Williams
Natural Workout Room: Benjamin Moore’s Green Earth CW-455 ©Benjamin Moore
Pantone named “Autumn Maple” as one of its top shades for (surprise, surprise) fall, but the color looks fresh year-round.
Not quite white and not quite gray, this cool tone is undeniably modern. “A pale gray with the slightest touch of green, Moonshine is a subtle off-white that complements many materials and textures, making it a versatile, nuanced hue,” Magno says.
“Painting a room in a new color is one of the easiest ways to completely transform the look of a space,” says Magno. Add a modern twist to your interiors with one of these versatile paint colors and give your home to refresh you’ve been wanting.
We’re obsessed with this mustard yellow color — and Etsy predicts it’ll be huge this year, too. It has a retro ’70s vibe that infuses any space with happiness.
Powder rooms are so much fun to decorate. This is a room where you can really play with color. With the right lighting, you can use a gorgeous charcoal gray like Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn. Be sure to add white accents with towels and rugs to make the charcoal color pop.
Your master suite should be a relaxing retreat. Neutral colors are the best choice for a stunning and soothing space. Greige colors, like Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray, look beautiful in any light and with any decorating style. Keep your accessories simple for a serene getaway.
One of Benjamin Moore’s most popular gray tones, according to Magno, the modern paint color will freshen up any space. “This hue pairs beautifully with a wide range of other colors, or it can stand on its own in a room filled with other neutrals and white,” she says.
Be sure to add natural accessories and surfaces like bamboo and stone for a spa-like workout or yoga space.
Sunny Kitchen: Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow ©Benjamin Moore
“This pale green-gray is both tranquil and elegant,” according to Magno. She recommends uses it in a living room or bedroom and pairing it with soft metallic accents. It’s a great way to experiment with edgy hues for a more dynamic look.
Another variation of white, this hue is great for trim and millwork, especially when combined with additional cool shades of paint, according to Magno. The crisp white is a classic color that never fails to look effortlessly modern.
Serene Master Suite: Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029 ©Sherwin-Williams
Some colors will never go out of style, including a clean, bright white hue of paint. Magno describes this particular shade as “a crisp white with the slightest touch of pink.” Allow this modern paint color to bring sophistication to any room.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dedicated home gym. Many workout spaces are shared with playrooms, guest rooms, or home offices. The color you choose for your walls is the unifying factor for the room. Natural colors give a feeling of energy and make them a great choice for a home gym or yoga studio.
Dubbed “millennial pink,” the peach-salmon hybrid refuses to go away. It can even serve as a neutral in your space, since it’s so muted.
If you’re looking for a new idea in living room paint color, consider gray. Benjamin Moore’s Silver Mist is a cool gray color that has a modern look. For a small living room, a cloud-like gray can make it look light and large.
Fresh colors are usually the best choice for a laundry room. Even if your small home doesn’t have a designated laundry room, you can brighten up this everyday work area with a refreshing color like Behr’s Aqua Breeze.
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, “the captivating and upbeat power of red brings energy into every room it graces,” according to Magno. A truly bold color, this red will completely transform any room, whether you use it from wall to wall or as a simple accent. “Display color confidence in large or small ways with this classic yet dramatic hue—red never fails to make a statement,” Magno says.
Strong, radiant, and full of energy, this shade is the obvious way to make a bold statement. If you don’t want things to feel too dark, keep the rest of the room white for contrast.
Fact: You can never have too much blue. It’ll make you feel like you’re living by the coast, no matter where you are.
Pinterest’s new “it” color makes a bathroom calm and tranquil. Why is it so popular? The greyish green color is soft and muted, but not boring.
Grown Up Dining Room: Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray ©Farrow&Ball
The front door of your small home or cottage can benefit from a fun color. You can also repeat the same color throughout your house as an accent in accessories. Benjamin Moore’s Coral Gables is a bold choice and would pair beautifully with navy blue and taupe accents.
This jewel-toned blue is the color of wanderlust right in your own home. It’ll make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if the closest you’re getting to an island escape is your laptop’s screensaver (sigh).
If crisp white feels too stark and hospital-esque, we hear you. Stone white has a little more warmth to it, so it feels more inviting.
While Magno attests that people are moving away from the idea that a modern room is one that is covered in layers of bright white, she points to whites and grays as key trending colors in the home today. Although these shades are quite neutral, Magno says, “this leaves room for deeper hues such as navy blue, black, and deep blue-greens to enter the scene, along with gestures of bolder colors from the red family.” Take a look at these modern paint colors recommended by Magno to spruce up any home just in time for a summer design project.
Your small bedroom doesn’t need an elaborate color scheme to be romantic. The most appealing bedrooms are often decorated in neutral colors. For a small space, a light neutral makes the room feel spacious and luxurious. Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home Carter Crème is a wonderful choice for a romantic bedroom because it gives you so many options to accessorize with color.
Pretty Guest Room: Ella Rose from Magnolia Home Paint ©Magnolia Home
Black, in theory, sounds like it would turn your home into a bat cave, but keep an open mind. It looks super sleek on just one wall when you keep the rest of the room light.
For something a bit more dramatic, paint your walls with a black shade of paint. “Whether on an accent wall or an entire room, it takes a bold and stylish person to opt for black,” says Magno. “[It’s] a chic way to accent other colors and make a strong style statement.”
Cool Gray Living Room: Benjamin Moore Silver Mist 1619 ©Benjamin Moore
The latest spin on classic white: Employing it on every available surface. Paint the entire room, including the walls, ceiling, trim and fireplace.