We are lucky enough to live in a time when home décor is both in vogue and more accessible than ever. With the rise of the Internet and niche sites, shows, magazines, and so much more, there’s a wealth of material and information out there for homeowners eager to remake and, indeed, revitalize their homes.
One of the most common issues that homeowners face today is that of dark interior spaces. On the one hand, darker rooms can feel more atmospheric and have an undeniable allure to them when executed properly. On the other hand, however, it is far too often that rooms aren’t dark as an aesthetic choice so much as an inability to effectively brighten them up.
One of the best ways to do add a little light and life to your home interior space is by repainting it and here are a few great tips to help you do just that.
Mix Neutrals and Whites to Brighten up Dark Spaces
One mistake that too many homeowners make is to overlook the power of neutral colors. While it can be tempting to gravitate towards bolder and more dramatic colors, choosing subtle neutral paint colors such as tan, taupe, beige, and mushroom grey can make a big impact on the overall brightness of a room. One reason this works? Neutrals such as lighter browns and beiges have a natural warmth to them which, in turn, translates to an overall brighter-looking and more welcoming room.
Another great way to brighten up a space is with the use of contrasts; that is, accentuating darker colors with their lighter counterparts. Lighter paints can be accentuated by darker furnishings and vice versa. You might look to use both lighter and darker paints; for example, painting wall areas with darker colors while painting shelves and ledges lighter can accentuate both areas while brightening up the room overall.
Lighting Fixtures, Mirrors, and Other Tricks
Of course, neutral and white paints are just part of the story. Just as important are the ways in which you accentuate those lighter paints to truly make them “pop.” One of the most popular ways to do this is by adding some strategically-placed lighting fixtures to your ceiling, particularly if it is wood-grain or makes use of darker paints. In addition, placing mirrors at strategic positions around a room can do a great deal to help make that space look wider and more open, both of which can have the effect of accentuating those neutrals and whites and giving your home a brighter look overall.
Lighter Finishes and Sheens for Kitchen Cabinets and Tops
When it comes to paint selection, there are more things to consider when looking to brighten up a room than color alone. Texture also adds a great deal to the overall feeling of a room. Paints with a matte finish, while stylish in their own right, don’t do much to help reflect light and thus brighten up a room. By contrast, paints with a sheen finish can do just that, making white and neutral colors seem all the brighter and warmer by way of that reflected light.
Bring a little light back into your décor life with these paint tips and tricks for brightening up a room!