Color Trends

Colors to Avoid in Small Manhattan Apartments

Posted on June 11, 2023

Finding the right color to paint a small Manhattan apartments can sometimes prove to be quite the challenge. Many individuals often just paint their spaces white to avoid the trouble of choosing the wrong color. But a small space is nothing to fear, and the right colors in the right places can make a small space anything you want it to be! However, there are a few colors you should avoid to cast a small space the best light possible.

Master Bedroom Painting NYC
This soft blue color applied to the master bedroom creates a relaxing, modern atmosphere and is a great example of a color that works well for a smaller Manhattan space!

Reds, Yellows, and Oranges

Bold colors can be an attractive choice for any room because they can add a liveliness where there is otherwise none. But in small spaces, the warmth of a deep red or bright yellow can often become overwhelming. if you simply must have one of these three vibrant colors, go for a more toned down shade like russet or lemon. These will still provide warmth without the uncomfortable energy that bright colors can create in a small space. Or you can add this splash of brightness with an accent furniture piece. 


Yes, you read that right! White is often a go-to in color selection because it is as neutral as it gets. Many opt for white in small spaces because it can effectively brighten a dull and poorly lit room. The drawback is that it can also make shadows and corners more pronounced, creating a boxier and more confined shape of the room. If you’d still like to use white, try employing it instead as a trim or accent color. 

Colors You Don’t Like

Despite any interior designer’s best advice, the one who’s going to be living in your space and staring at your walls is you. Colors can be very personal. Fads come and go and certain colors are trendier than others, but don’t let that sway you into choosing a color you don’t actually like. And certainly don’t let the only criteria for choosing that color be that it makes the room appear larger. After all, there are a myriad of choices and a true color selection expert can help you make the right choice for you and your space. 

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Painting your Manhattan apartment can be stressful, especially with your busy life. The professionals at CertaPro Painters® of Upper West Side can help you make the process easier and help you find the right color for the space that you want. We always stay on budget and within the designated time frame, too, so you can get on with your life with minimal disruption.

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