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Photo: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams
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For a Cozy Glow, Choose a Warm Hue

A bright or deep color in a diminutive space offers a chance to enjoy a hue that might seem over the top in, say, the living room. Strong colors also can give a small room a distinct identity, helpful if the space has no strong architectural elements.

To emphasize the intimate feeling of a foyer, alcove, or den, consider warm colors—yellows, reds, oranges, and reddish purples and browns—which colorists describe as making walls advance. Painting the ceiling with a related hue will make the space even more encapsulating. Sherwin-Williams's June Day is a great choice for an entry or home office, Krims says, because this sunny yellow is "optimistic, welcoming, and cheerful"—in other words, a friendly greeting for visitors or a nice reward for paying bills. It's also a yellow that underscores the natural warmth of wood floors and furniture.
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