The Best Paint Colors For Dark Rooms


Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to completely transform a room, and dark rooms are no exception.

Determine why the room is dark (no windows, north facing or light is blocked by what’s outside the windows).

How Do You Make a Dark Room Look Brighter?

Before we even tackle the subject of the perfect paint color for your space, it’s important to consider why your room is dark:

Why Is Your Room Dark?

The mood or feeling that you want your room to convey should be your first consideration before you even think about paint colors.

Determine The Mood or Feeling You Want In The Room

Lighter colors do not always mean white paint! In fact, contrary to what you may think, if you have a low-light room, a stark white can actually make the situation worse!

Getting a Light and Airy Feel in a Low-Light Room

Whether you have a north-facing or just generally low-light room with minimal windows, the light plays an important role in how your wall color looks.

Why Painting Your Walls White Is Not Always The Answer

If you want to keep the wall color as light as possible, I prefer light, neutral paint colors to lighten a room, and particularly paint colors with a warm yellow or beige undertone.

What Colors Work Best in a Low Light Room To Make it Brighter?