“Does painting a dark color on the walls make the room look small?”
It depends on the shade and the placement of the color. Most often when you paint all four walls of a room in a dark color, the room will appear much smaller or more cozy. This should not scare you away from using dark colors on walls but encourage you to learn how to mix dark and medium tone shades together to create contrast, variety, and interest to your walls. Dark colors are great focal points or back drops to a room. Dark tones can add drama and a sense of intimacy to rooms. Rooms with out dark shades may feel a bit flat or boring since they do not have the contrast and visual stimulation we are use to when outside. I like to remind clients that trees have dark color trunks against the lighter green foliage and skyline. this example is something to repeat in our indoors, mixing dark with lighter tones.