Winter, shorter days, the blues…it all comes to an end with the arrival of spring! Now is the time to revisit your home decor and add more light to the living room, bedroom and the rest of the house. Even in unventilated spaces, without windows or at ground level, it is possible to accentuate the brightness of a room on a budget… and no, you don’t need to knock down a wall or put lamps everywhere. The secret lies in the colour scheme you choose for walls and furnishings. Here are 3 tips to redecorate.
A fresh coat of paint…
The easiest and cheapest solution to make a room brighter is to change the colour of the walls. Bright hues have the benefit of reflecting light and creating the feeling of space.
White is, without doubt, the key to luminosity. Recommended by all interior design specialists (as well as home staging pros), white remains the colour that best exploits the little natural light that may enter a room. Great for boosting the sense of space in small rooms and to further illuminate dark floors. To enhance the warmth of a room, go for off-white with yellowy tones. Another option: sandy or peach colours, which add a summery feel to a room.
To create a Mediterranean feel, repaint the walls in light or pastel blue shades. This type of paint makes a great contrast for white furniture, as well as accentuating the room’s clarity.
Paint: tips to create more light
Did you know that, besides the colours and tones mentioned above, there are paints that improve clarity by reflecting twice as much light? When light hits a wall, the paint absorbs some of the light and “rejects” the rest. Gloss paint, such as satin-finish, is better at dispersing this light within the room.
Perfect for the darkest corners of the home, such paints can increase luminosity by 50% compared to traditional paints.
Another solution to enhance the light: apply a special varnish after repainting the walls. Once you have finished painting, just choose a transparent, bright varnish.
Redo your Artexed wall
Artex was a trend in the 1960s because it allowed walls and ceilings to be done on a budget, while masking imperfections. But textured walls cast shadows and are visually quite annoying. If you have a textured wall, it’s good to know that specialised companies can smooth your walls, then add a clear paint so that you gain more light: guaranteed to impress!
If you have no money to spare, try adding some light, bright pictures and artwork to the walls. This will hide part of the Artex and improve the luminosity (glass frames also enhance brightness). You can also add a mirror, perfect for boosting the sense of space.