Over years of observation, I have come to the realization, at least according to my taste, that lighter colors generally makes rooms look cleaner, crisper, and more classy looking. To my eyes, dark paint colors in rooms without really great furniture and interesting architectural elements can look really cheap--especially when the paint is not flat. Now dark colors can look great when there is a lot of molding in a big room, and of course there are exceptions as there are many small rooms that look great with dark paint. In my experience, it seems like I keep picking paint colors that are too dark and end up making my smaller and not especially well-lit rooms look heavy. When I have gone lighter than I might have originally thought, the rooms look much better.
Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? Maybe watching too much Sarah Richardson lately? (I admit, her rooms are often too light and not enough color for me)