Brighten up a Dark Living Space with Paint

Brighten up a Dark Living Space with Paint

Every home or office can benefit from a fresh lick or two of paint. Of course, most homeowners tend to stick to the tried and tested paint colors without ever exploring bolder color palettes. This is a real shame because a splash of color can really brighten a room, an office space, or an entire home.

Doing Some Basic Research

The truth is that most people just don’t have the time to do their color research. They give it a little thought and then go out and buy the required paint. For the super-busy homeowner, here are a few color research tips that save some time and money:

  • Magazines: Take advantage of all of the home and design magazines filling the racks of newsagents and newsstands around your city. The fact is that there are plenty of ideas in these kinds of magazines, including everything from classic and traditional color palettes to “out there” modern themes.
  • Online: If you don’t even have time to flip through the pages of a magazine, how about surfing online to color and design websites? There are actually a whole bunch of really useful color theory websites that can result in some great new ideas for a fresh coat of paint color. This may be even easier than going to a newsstand or library because we tend to have Internet access with us most of the time in the form of a smart cell phone or tablet.
  • Observance: If you have a little more planning time, why not take a trip to some trendy districts in your city or neighborhood? There are bound to be countless color ideas in the form of cafes, bars, and restaurants. Use these areas as a resource and get out of the home or office to have a look. Take photos if you have to!

The Benefits of Brightening a Room

Research on office workers concludes that they are happier, more satisfied, and more productive when they are in a light, bright environment. The trouble is that too many of our homes and workspaces are dim and dingy affairs. This is not good for our physical or emotional well-being! A space that features bold use of color and bright painted features is a nice space to be in.

Some Color Ideas

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the best color palettes are the most traditional ones. There are plenty of harmonious and contrasting color schemes from which to choose and more than one may suit any given space. Here are just a few color ideas for brightening up a dim and dingy workplace or home:

  • Tradition with a Twist: White is a classic move when it comes to painting but why stop there? Why not add a modern twist in the form of grey, brown, or orange trim? If you want a sleeker look, try blue or even mint green alongside the white. This is a classic look with a slick modern twist.
  • Innovative: Are you sick of beige, white, and cream? Why not try out some really bold colors such as salmon, sky blue, and sienna? If the room is small, make them a feature wall. Use complementary colors for a more harmonious look and contrasting colors for something more striking.

A few licks of paint can brighten up any dark room, office, or home. There are so many great color ideas out there and the paint is so easy to have mixed these days that there’s no excuse!

How Not to Paint Walls: Some Important Tips

How Not to Paint Walls: Some Important Tips

If you want to paint indoor walls, you cannot merely collect paint brushes, rollers, and a pan or bucket and start working. Painting an interior requires preparation, knowing what paint to buy, and learning the correct painting method. For example, when painting walls, you do not want to begin toward the bottom. The correct approach is to work from the top down. Therefore, you should always begin close to the ceiling.

Never Paint a Wall with a Brush

When you paint a wall, do not use a brush. You will just leave brush marks on the wall. Instead, use a roller and a five-gallon bucket or roller pan. Do not stick the roller all the way into the container lest you cause a sizable mess. Instead, when you use a bucket, use a roller grid. Doing so will cause you to drip less paint. If you wish to use a pan, always insert a liner.

Loading the roller with paint should not be done with a dry roller. Instead, to load the paint onto the roller, dampen the tool first with a wet cloth. Dip the roller lightly into the paint and roll it onto the liner or grid a couple times to keep the amount of paint consistent.

Do Not Squeeze the Roller against the Wall

Now that you understand the correct way to load the paint, you can start working on the wall. Do not paint straight up and down when painting a wall. Instead, begin a few inches from the ceiling. Zig-zag the roller for better coverage. Also, do not squeeze the roller against the wall when you are painting. Simply reload the roller when you need more paint.

It is also not good to roll the paint over the wall at a quick pace. If you go too fast, you can miss some areas and create unsightly splatters. Always work in sections spaced about four feet apart. When you complete a section, go onto the next section of the wall.

Do paint the edges first when rolling the paint on the wall. Again, you want to start further down from the ceiling initially. After you get some paint on the wall, you can go along the edges. To roll the paint on effectively, turn the roller on the side to get close to a baseboard or ceiling.

Do not apply a lot of pressure when you are removing any runs or buildup. Instead, take the roller and lightly go over a section again from the ceiling to floor.

Do Not Paint All the Walls at Once

Do not paint all the walls in a room at the same time. Instead, you want to use an individualized approach. Paint each wall separately, applying two coats.

Should you need to take a break from your painting project, do not leave the bucket, pan, or tools uncovered. Cover the bucket with a lid and keep the paint from drying in a pan with plastic wrap. Also, use aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover the roller and brushes.

Do not paint the trim without using blue painters tape along the edge. Take the tape and press it firmly with a putty knife. Proceed and paint the edge with a brush. Remove the tape soon after you paint the edge. Doing so will prevent problems with peeling. Do not try to pulling up the tape with force where it is stuck. Carefully use a knife instead.