Top 5 Ways to Brighten up a Dark Room for the New Year
The New Year is here, and it’s time to get your home ready for 2020. The upcoming year is a chance to change your life, brighten your home and get a fresh start. At Halls Quality Painting, we can help you get the paint contractor services and consultations you need to redo your home. If you have been suffering from the gray, dreary days of winter, (yes even in Florida), it is time to consider ways to freshen up your home’s look.
1. Paint a White Ceiling
There are several things you can do to make your rooms feel more spacious right away. One of the best options is to paint your ceiling white or another light color. When your ceiling is a dark color, it makes your room feel shorter and smaller than it actually is.
As soon as you repaint the ceiling in white, it immediately brightens your room. The same concept is true when it comes to heavy, wooden beams. Luckily, these beams can be easily painted. As soon as they are painted the same color as the rest of the ceiling, they will disappear and blend into everything else.
If you want to make your room seem like its lighter, all you have to do is paint the ceiling with a high-gloss color. This color helps to reflect the light in the room. By using this unexpected element, you can make your room instantly feel brighter and airier.
2. Pick a Light Color for Your Walls
While the holidays are a fun time of year, wintertime is extremely dreary. This is probably one of the reasons why so many people suffer from seasonal depression. If you want to brighten up the ambiance in your home, start with your walls. By picking a light color, you can chase away the dreary shadows and add some life to your rooms.
Start by picking light, receding colors. By choosing light shades of green, yellow, blue and other neutrals, you can get your walls to passively recede into the background. These hues make your room feel larger and brighter. Visually bold colors like dark green, red, orange and blue can make your room seem smaller. Dark neutrals such as black and brown are also a bad choice when you want a brighter room.
You also will want to choose a satin or eggshell finish. If you use a matte finish, your walls will look flat once they dry. Matte finishes also have a habit of absorbing light. With a satin or an eggshell finish, light is reflected and enhanced. This is one of the reasons why white gloss is used for painting woodwork like picture rails, staircase railings, baseboards and doors. A gloss is the most reflective paint finish you can buy, so a white gloss will give you a clean, bright ambiance.
3. Only Use Dark Colors With Your Accents
After you hire a home painter in Fernandina Beach FL, you can learn about the color options you can pick from. While there are many dark colors available, you want to be selective about which ones you choose. Colorful rooms are beautiful, but you do not want to darken the space too much. An extremely dark hue will make your room feel crowded and closed in.
If your room already seems darker than it should be, try to limit the saturated colors you use. You can use saturated colors on just one wall or with accent pieces instead of using dark colors in the entire room. Then, your painting contractor can use lighter colors on the other walls to brighten everything up a bit.
4. Go for Lighter Floors
Another way to lighten your rooms is by changing your floors. It is easy to forget about how important floors are for making a room appear bright. If you switch your floor to light-colored wood or tiles, you can instantly brighten up the room.
Sometimes, it is too expensive to change the flooring in your home. In these cases, you can hire a home painter to paint your floors a brighter color. Painted floorboards are beautiful and can be designed in a variety of styles. A decorative floor can add a unique touch to your home.
If you cannot paint your floors for some reason, there is a final option you can choose. While you may not want to replace or paint your flooring, you can add a rug. A simple carpet or rug on top of your flooring can instantly brighten the room. Plus, rugs are extremely easy to add or remove as needed.
5. Look at Reflective Subway Tiles
If you want to find out new ways to brighten your home in Amelia Island FL, you can also talk to an interior house painter and get advice. One option is to use reflective subway tiles. Subway tiles have a reflective, linear appearance that has remained a classic choice for years. This old-fashioned option can immediately brighten up a dark kitchen or bathroom because of its bright appearance. If you cannot afford to buy a tiled backsplash, you can try using peel-and-stick subway tiles. This is also a good option if you live in a rental unit and are not allowed to install new tiles.
Extra: Use Mirrors to Brighten the Room
When nothing else seems to do the trick, you can always add mirrors. Ideally, you should place the mirror so that it faces and reflects the light from a window. If this is not possible, you can put the mirror in any location to instantly make your room brighter. As soon as you add a mirror to a room, it will add light and open up the space. You might not be able to afford any renovations to your current home, but you can make your rooms seem like they are larger than before.
Over the years, Halls Quality Painting has developed a reputation for being a leading painting contractor in the area. Our family-focused company can give you an interior house painter quote for all of your projects. If you need a consultation about the right colors to brighten up your room, we are here to help. Call or email our staff members today to schedule your first consultation.