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Creative ways to use color in small spaces

Andrea Mango, who is on the color and design team at Benjamin Moore shares her tips on using color in small apartments.

Benjamin Moore You don't have to paint a whole wall to have fun with color.
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The easiest way to turn your apartment into a home is to paint. But even if you don't want to paint the whole room, there are small, non-commital ways to use color. Keep reading for three ideas anyone can do - even if you've never painted before.

Embrace your makeshift walls

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You know how living in a city is; sometimes your apartment doesn't come with the walls you need so you have to use a divider to separate the your room from the living room or create that second bedroom. But dividers are actually the perfect opportunity to inject a little color into your home. Andrea Mango, who is on the color and design team at Benjamin Moore, says it's the perfect way to use a bright or dark color without painting the whole room that bold hue.

"You can make it more of a focal point that is going to make the room more interesting by painting it a bright, fun color that's inspired by something else going on in the room, such as a window treatment or accessories you have on your table," she says. Then, you've turned your makeshift wall into an interesting piece of art that really makes the room.

Paint the back of your shelves

The creative team at Benjamin Moore has another genius way to inject a little color into your home. Paint the back of shelving units, bookshelves or even the kitchen cabinets. Take off your lifeless wooden cabinet doors, paint the backs of your cabinets and then insert new clear cabinet doors so the color still shows through. Repeat the color in a couple different ways throughout the room, such as a vase on the table or picture frame.

Paint one wall

In the bedroom, use your bedding as inspiration, but instead of painting the whole room, focus on one wall. "People always want to repaint their bedroom when they get new bedding," Mango says. To avoid making your accent wall look too matchy-matchy, she says you don't have to pick an exact color in the bedding. "You can pick a color that's in the family. So if you have a comforter with blue in it, the walls don't have to be that exact blue. Or you can think about a complimentary color."

These suggestions aside, the most important part about choosing paint colors is to pick colors you like. "It's all about personal preference," Mango says. "There's no rules."

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