When building your Cozy Home, you will need to take into consideration how to finish the walls. Will they be wood paneled, creating a warm and cozy cabin style? Will you be using wallpaper, faux brick or plaster? Or will you keep it simple and just put on a coat of paint?
If you’ve decided to paint the walls of your tiny home, what are the best colors to use in a small space? A common misconception in small space design is that all white walls will make the small space seem bigger, and smaller home dwellers use this tip to shy away from colorful paint. According to Mark McCauley, the author of Interior Design for Idiots, you should choose very clear, sharp colors for a small space. These colors include really hot reds or bright blues, yellows and greens rather than dull colors like earth or darker tones. Think of the colors of Mexico and Central and South America. Christopher Lowell, author of You Can Do It! Small Spaces: Decorating to Make Every Inch Count also says don’t be afraid of color. He uses red, cinnamon, turmeric and other spicy colors in his book.
You can also take a cue from Japanese design principles if you have a tiny home that you plan to be more Zen. Traditional Japanese homes use more subdued colors that follow the natural hues such as bamboo green, wood tones and the colors of rice straw.
Here are some additional tips for painting the walls of a tiny or small home:
• Make a room appear bigger by using the same color scheme in an adjoining room. This will help reduce lines between the two rooms since they are in the same line of sight.
• Paint the ceiling with a lighter color than the walls, this will create a feeling of airiness.
• Paint hallways or foyers a darker color and the main room a lighter color to create a feeling of walking into a larger space.
• Paint a bookshelf or closet a different color than the wall to add splashes of interest.
• Paint one wall a different color than the rest of the room, this helps the wall recede and makes the space seem larger.
• You can check out various color combinations will work in your small space with interactive color guides at BenjaminMoore.com, Farrow-Ball.com and Behr.com.
In addition, if you don’t like it the colors you initially chose, you can just paint over it!