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11 Best Small Living Room Paint Colors

11 Best Small Living Room Paint Colors

Written by Ashley Knierim

Image by Farrow & Ball Pigeon No. 25  Apogee Interiors


Although, when it comes to furnishing a small living room, you may have to make some concessions, the good news is that when it comes to painting your living space you actually have more options. Occur. While large living rooms can often feel clunky or heavy with some paint colors, a small one can work with either dark or light colors.

Depending on your goals for your living space and whether you want to go for a casual look or make your room look larger, the right shade of paint can accomplish a lot. While white is the obvious choice for a small room, it is far from the only good option.

  • Color Family: Various
  • Complementary Colors: Various
  • Pairs Well With: Various
  • Mood: Ranges from calming to energizing
  • Where to Use: Small Living Rooms

Here are some ideas for small living room paint colors that make the most of limited square footage.


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Best Gray: Best Home Stone Quarry

The Spruce Paint swatch in Stone Quarry

The Spruce

The bold gray paint resembling The Spruce Best Homes Stone Quarry is a great choice for a chic living room with unmistakable modern vibes. The paint is a charcoal gray with blue undertones and is perfect for quaint living spaces with light accents and streamlined furniture. A minimalist decoration will not be infrequent with this bold wall color.


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Best Muted: Farrow & Ball Pigeon

Farrow & Ball Pigeon paint swatch

The Spruce

Farrow & Balls Pigeon is the ideal color for a vintage, retro feel. It is a throwback-inspired bluish-gray that feels green in some places. It plays well with moody colors, such as predator green or cool purple, or adds a touch of color to rooms with predominantly neutral tones.


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Best Navy: Sherwin-Williams Dark Night

Sherwin-Williams Dark Night swatch

The Spruce

It is a popular myth that small rooms cannot use dark colors. In fact, the smaller the room, the deeper you can go. Because darker colors reflect less light, it gives more depth to the room and has almost the effect of pushing the walls out. So, a Sherwin-Williams Dark Knight-like color is perfect for your cozy living space — it's moody, bold, and rich, which we love in dark blue.

Tidy furniture can help make your living room look larger than it is. Think of straight lines and simple silhouettes on anything ornate or curved. Not only do they look neat, but the sleeker pieces also fit better in small spaces.


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Best Beige: Magnolia Southern Grown

Magnolia Southern Grown swatch

The Spruce

Beige has always been neutral for rooms of all shapes and sizes, but Magnolia's southern groin is a great choice for your small space because it has a bit more depth than a traditional beige, and is more visual for your location. Will lend interest. It is a dusty beige that looks almost chocolatey on the wall, and feels incredibly homey and inviting in a cozy room.


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Best Off-White: Benjamin Moore Linen White

Benjamin Moore Linen White swatch

The Spruce

Benjamin Moore's Linen White is a traditional off-white with warm red tops to give it a bit more depth than other off-white. It is perfect for a small room that wants to remain neutral but wants a little more personality and warmth in the space. It will look even darker in small rooms, especially if you lack natural light.


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Best Pink: Best Home Rose Power

The Spruce paint swatch in Rose Power

The Spruce

A pink like The Spruce Best Home's Rose Power is an approachable color that will reflect light in a small living room while adding a hint of color to your space. Memorable but not overwhelming, this soft pink hue is perfect for size-limited living rooms and creates a very flattering background for your artwork or photos.


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Best White: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

The Spruce

We would be remiss if we failed to mention the surprisingly pervasive effect of bright white color on a small living room. Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace is a classic white color that designers love because it is a shiny white that does not feel harsh or cool. It is inviting and is a great choice for a small living space with minimal vibes.


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Best Black: Benjamin Moore Jet Black

Benjamin Moore Jet Black paint swatch

The Spruce

There is something completely charming and chic about the black living room, and the good news is that a small space can really pull it off. Benjamin Moore's Jet Black is a rich black color that is incredibly moody and dramatic. For a longer effect, consider painting two parallel walls in this shade to make the room appear taller and wider.


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Best Red: Valspar Cut Ruby

Valspar Cut Ruby swatch

The Spruce

When you have a small space, you can also be bold. Valspar's cut ruby is a vibrant dark red with a light yellow color that makes a big statement. Pair it with warm colors or crisp whites for the ultimate wow factor.


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Best Peach: Benjamin Moore Nautilus Shell

Benjamin Moore Nautilus Shell swatch

The Spruce

Peach is a trendy color for any space, and Benjamin Moore's Nautilus Shell is a lovely shade that creates a warm, rich glow in your small living room. It is a universally flattering complexion that will enhance skin tone and make your space wider.


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Best Light Blue: Benjamin Moore Dusky Blue

Benjamin Moore Dusky Blue swatch

The Spruce

Benjamin Moore's Dusky Blue is a cool pastel color that adds a lovely color to your small living room without dominating the rest. This is a great choice for a beach experience or a room that is mostly neutral but can use a hint of color to give it a full feel.




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