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The Best Paint Colors for Dark Rooms

Paint Colors for Dark Rooms
Choosing to paint a room is sometimes a struggle in itself, but choosing paint for a room that has very little natural light can be incredibly frustrating.  A room with little to no natural light is only going to become darker and darker as the day goes on, the sun sets, and the moon arrives late into the late.  So choosing paint colors can become frustrating, if not exhausting.  Colors that are too cool can make a room seem uninviting and too dark of colors can make the room seem even darker or worse – closed in.  If you are looking for a few colors for a low light room, consider these colors below to add coziness and warmth or light to any room.


This might not be the best color for a manly space, but you might be surprised to know that; lavender can sometimes be mixed with grey and create a more masculine color, while still being good for low light rooms.  Lavender is one of those colors where people automatically think it’s frilly and girly, but there are actually quite a few shades available, such as the grey lavender mentioned.  But, they also range from low tints to violet hues to purplish blue.  If you are looking for a more adult looking lavender hue, consider pairing your lavender wall to colors like gray, white or even black.

Pale Yellow

This is sort of a no-brainer.  Yellow imitates the sun and has a bright and cheery feel to it, so when it comes to placing it in a room, a low light room is perfect.  Yellow comes in all sorts of shades such as tinted barely there yellow, buttery yellow, sunny yellow, mustard yellow and more.  In order to enhance the tone of yellow, consider adding in white woodwork and warmer wood tones like dark or deep browns.

Chocolate Brown

Brown in general might not seem like a color that is suited for low light rooms, but you might be surprised to know that this IS a color on this list for a reason!  Darker paints can make a room feel smaller and more boxed in, but chocolate is a very inviting, cozy and warm color.  In order to create a sense of balance, make sure that you add in white woodwork, pale flooring like carpet or tile, and add in patterned fabrics for your chairs and or sofas.

Light Blue

Colors like powder blue can lighten up any room no matter how dark it is.  It’s also multi-useful because it can be used with chocolate browns for a more modern look, it can be used with white counters and woodwork, deep reds, and rich wood furnishings for a more traditional look, and it can also be used in a retro house by adding in colors like lime green or cherry to the mix with the powdery blue to create a really unique and inspiring look.

Warm Orange

Another no-brainer; shades such as pumpkin, tangerine and even apricot all can help transform a dark room into a place that screams warmth.  It’s also one of those colors, that when matched with artificial light, can make the room seem like its glowing so make sure you add in things like candlelight’s, lamps or other forms of artificial light to an orange room.


Gray is one of those colors that continues to be used again and again in homes across the country.  It has a certain sense of elegance to it and it can be matched with SO many colors under the rainbow that you should have no trouble finding colors to use with it.  The fact that it can be matched with so many colors is also a good thing because you can use darker colors to make it seem more masculine or lighter colors to make it more feminine so it can be used by anyone.


This might be a new color name to you, but most people really love the look of it.  It’s not as light as tan, but it’s not as dark as chocolate brown either and it comes in different shades such as wheat field – which has a certain sense of brown and gold mixed in which is really popular.  This does tend to be a more traditional color used in traditional decor, but anyone can use it really just make sure that you match up other colors to your style of home and include home furnishings, patterns, wall art and more that are more relevant to the style you want.

Any of these colors will do, but the point is to try and stay with colors that are lighter in tone and if you do decide to go with something like dark chocolate or chocolate brown, make sure that you have ample room in the space so that it doesn’t seem closed in, suffocating, or too dark!

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