Another colour theory myth I’d like to quash, if I may. It’€™s a myth that dark colours are unfit for small spaces. Forget about bland beige or blah pastels for tiny hallways, it’s not fooling anyone or making the space seem larger. Instead I’d say paint it all dark – walls, floors, ceiling, woodwork, shelving, the lot. All the boundaries that usually chop up a room like skirting boards, radiators etc just stumpify it and distract the eye, which can make a space seem even smaller. But we all know that black on black disappears. So painting everything out in the same dark hue blurs all the boundaries and softens the edges of your room. That’s all it takes to get a room from cramped to feeling snug, cosy, intimate and sophisticated even.

My one caveat is that if you use dark colours in a small space, you really need to up the number of lights. In my small hallway alone I have 5!

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