There are some things that money cannot buy and one of those is a light and airy room. So, if your lounge is a north facing box with a goldfish bowl for a window, you are just going to have to find other ways to make it sparkle.
Which is where interior design comes in. Even if you are the sort of person to give house painting a fair go, you might hit rock when it comes to the dreaded blackout zone.
Is it time to hire a house painting expert?
We get it, we know that as a seasoned amateur you can roll up your sleeves to anything – even exterior painting in pretty colors can be done by a well prepared householder, but bringing light to a dark space is a specialist job and sometimes it is best to bring in the experts.
Your instinct might be to flood the dark room with as much artificial lighting as a football stadium. The temptation for the unwary enthusiast is to blanket bomb your room with aerial lighting that is bright and glaring.
It is actually natural light which will improve the airiness in a cramped, fetid space. However, that might be easier said than done.
You can ameliorate even poor natural light by removing heavy drapes and fussy voiles and simply leaving your window uncovered in daytime.
Blinds, not curtains, help to boost natural light, which will help your darkened room shine.
And when it comes to lighting, then you should take a holistic approach. Look around your room. The reason it is dark is because there are so many gloomy corners. The problem is the light not extending into the space – not that it is not bright enough.
The best way to increase the lighting in a dark room is to bring lamps into it – and dot them about at various levels to ensure an even light throughout.
Layering is everything when it comes to opening up a room to light, so mix and match various lighting types, from spotlights, floor lamps and chandeliers. Accent lighting in poky corners can work a treat.
Match The Paint
A dark room is not the place to play at being bold. Striking or intense colors are likely to make it smaller and feel stifling.
Instead, pick neutral shades and off-whites, these bring the impression of airiness and space.
However, there is more to home painting in a darkened room than just the walls – you should also pay attention to the ceilings.
Ideally a ceiling should be a lighter shade than the walls, so in most cases this will mean brilliant white. It will also help reflect light from sconces and lams.
Also, the type of paint you use matters too. Avoid mattes and head for glossy finishes instead.
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The color on the tin said Ocean Blue, but when you get it onto your bathroom walls it is more like Ocean Bleurgh. So, what can you do?
Although there will always be some colors that do not do what they say on the tin, a lot of the problem is actually down to the lighting in your room.
Say you were hoping for a shade that was reminiscent of ocean waves, but when it’s under your strip lighting, it is more isolation cell than a beach hut. This is a classic example of the effects of lighting on a color scheme. And it is something that anyone undertaking house painting should take note of.
Residential Painting Tips
According to interior designers, the type of bulb you put in your room – and its positioning – is probably the most important decision you will make. And it is definitely something that should be factored into the house painting professional cost.
And of course, it is not just the artificial lighting. Then there is the other question – the natural lighting.
See, the reason that Ocean Blue didn’t work so well is because your bathroom is a tiny, dingy hole with almost no natural light. And if the only lighting coming from overhead is the non-ambient, strip lighting variety then your chances of achieving equilibrium are non-existent.
And when you are planning your color scheme, it pays to make sure you see what it will look like under the actual lighting you have, not the scenario you wish you had in your dreams. When trying out a match pot, it is important to test it in the room you want it to be, not down the side of the cooker in a dusty corner – you need to see it in its actual environment.
Then, you have to be prepared for the fact that there will be (at least) two different colors at any given time – the color it is under sunlight, and the color it becomes under artificial lighting. And these can be two very different things.
A painters’ guide….
Sunlight will cast a spell on your wall color and will constantly change as the angle and brightness of daylight waxes and wanes.
Considerations such as the size and positioning of the windows should be considered by painters, as well the direction of the room itself.
In general stick to these tips for:
A west facing room is at its most beautiful in the evening, as the sun sets. This will bring out the warmth in your colored walls.
Rooms which point east have creamy warm tones before midday and then will gradually turn colder later on. We recommend orange, russets, and yellows for these spaces
A south facing room should already be bright, so this is a space which can safely be painted cool or sultry colors if you wish. Light shades will glow beautifully.
A north facing room is already at a disadvantage. It is more likely to be cold and so painting it blue might only aggravate that. We prefer bright, warm colors to bring some heat to a north facing room and to avoid paler tones which may look washed out.
And those light bulbs?
Different style of lighting will exaggerate or flatter some colors better than others.
The advantage of LEDs is that you can buy bulbs which change the color and shade at the click of a switch. You can also get bulbs which work better with warm or cool tones, so it pays to get creative and research this before choosing a color.
If you can still find them, then the warm tones of a traditional incandescent bulb will bring to life the more vivid shades of red and orange, whilst stripping back on the greens and blues.
If your room has fluorescent lighting this space will work best with green and blue shades.
Halogens emit a very white light which serves to amplify color. We like this best when we want to preserve the sunlight effect on a room.
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