There is a misconception by most people, even interior decorators & designers, that you should use white or pale colors to brighten up a small or dark room. Light colors work well if you have a room with windows that bring in enough natural sunlight where you don’t have to turn on any lights to read a book. However, white or pale colors don’t work if you have a room with no windows. Here is an example where white doesn’t work in the space even with lights. It accentuates the shadows in a space versus absorbs the shadows.
Here are some images below where white does work in a room, especially with lots of natural sunlight in the space.
Have you ever wondered why modern designs you see these days are usually white with lots of open space and large over-sized or floor to ceiling glass windows? That’s because white works in a space with lots of natural sunlight and architects love to play with light and the effect it has on the color white. Using white in a dark space without any windows makes the room look dull, flat, and boring. You might think, but I just saw an image of a bedroom on Pinterest or Houzz that had white walls and no windows and it was beautiful! It was probably edited in Photoshop to make the room look vibrant and full of life. So, what colors should you use? Rich, deep, bold colors work best for dark rooms with no windows. If you have a dark room, your first instinct would be to turn on the lights and it is the light that brings out the richness and radiance of color. That’s why powder rooms are usually painted a bold, intense color. Deep, rich colors will turn a gloomy and somber room into a warm and vibrant space. Check out some images below where small or dark rooms with little to no sunlight benefit from having bold, rich, deep colors in the space with the proper lighting.