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From Ho-hum to Hue-tastic

Little spaces have the potential to carry a lot of weight. "A small space can be a wonderful jewel box," says Sonu Mathew, senior interior designer at Benjamin Moore. Foyers, hallways, and mudrooms can establish a mood. Tiny studies, bedrooms, and even baths often serve as retreats.

Before picking a paint for a snug space, ask yourself what effect you're after: Do you want the room to feel light and airy (try a cool color) or warm and cozy (veer toward richer and warmer)? Or maybe you're craving a little drama.

Shown: Castleton Mist, a yellow-green in Benjamin Moore's Historic collection, is a favorite of San Francisco interior designer Arthur McLaughlin, who also stages properties for sale. "This play on celery green has some energy to it," he says. "It can lift the mood, which is what you want in a small space that might otherwise be overlooked."

Read on for more of our experts' favorite small-space-enhancing shades and strategies.
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