Of course, you can use dark colors in small spaces!

Color rules are not set in stone. If you live in a small space or in a condo, you probably choose to paint your walls white to achieve an airy and bright atmosphere for your home. Although white is classy and timeless paint color, you should not be limited to it and its variation. You can still work with dark colors in small spaces.

The next question is: “What dark paint colors can I use?”

Fret not! We’re presenting you an expert-curated palette that you can use for your small spaces. Check out this video to see the alluring colors of the ENCHANT palette from the Boysen Color Trend 2019.

Condo Paint Ideas: Dark Colors in Small Spaces

You can still make your place more spacious even if you work with dark paint colors. Deep-toned paint colors can add depth to your space when used correctly. It will also help you create a dramatic and luxurious ambiance for your home. The trick is how you use it – paint it on the right areas and welcome lots of natural light from a window (or add extra lighting fixtures to give the illusion of space).

We scouted cool condo paint ideas on Instagram that highlights dark colored walls. Check out these dark interior inspirations that you can try for your small living space.

Keep the ceiling neutral and go all out with your walls.  You can use the deep cool hue Forbidden Forest to contrast with the warm Majestic Mare. Bring in accent lighting and mirrors to make your space seem bigger.

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Notice how walls are painted with dark and deep colors, while the ceiling is colored white. This prevents the living space from feeling like a claustrophobic cave. It also gives the place that “high ceiling” effect, which makes the room feel airy and spacious. Get this look by using Dark Magic for your walls. 


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Another creative way to use dark paint colors is to apply color-blocking on walls. Try painting a portion of your bedroom wall with Forbidden Forest as a makeshift for a headboard. Color-blocking adds character to dull and blank walls in small living spaces.

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We’re all aware of the unbeatable power of white on white in achieving that sleek and spotless kitchen look. If you have a love affair with white (like many of us), you don’t have to completely let go of it. You can opt to use dark paint colors for your kitchen cabinets while the rest of the space is bathed in white. Mimic this cool kitchen vibe with Dark Magic for your space.


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Experiment with colors in active rooms like your living room or dining area by painting it with deep tones of crimson. Painting your space with a touch of Empress Grace adds depth and dimension to a monotonous white room. 

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If you want to fill your home with dark and deep tones from ceiling to wall, then go for it. Bask in the cozy, dramatic and intimate vibe that only a small living space painted with dark hues can give. Choose Pure Decadence or Grand Duke as your dominant color and play with various kinds of décor and soft furnishings for a maximalist look.

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Inspired? Repaint with the Enchant palette now! Go to a Mix and Match Station in a home depot close to get your preferred dark paint colors mixed right then and there.

Explore other trendy color palettes. Click here to visit the Boysen Color Trend website now!


Yasmin Aguila is a copywriter at Boysen Paints Philippines. Interested in making paints fun and relatable, she produces quizzes and painting ideas for this blog. She claims that she is obsessed with yellow, but she always dresses in black from head to toe.

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