Several years ago I worked with a REALTOR® colleague who was well known for her artistic talent as a painter. When Seller clients would ask for her recommendations on paint colours when sprucing up to list, her expertise was obvious.
Included in her bag of tricks of the trade was a hefty selection of paint chips, toggled together so the various samples could be fanned out and studied in ideal light depending on which room.
To change up my own home from the dull shade of something olive before moving in, I did what most people do – off to the paint store and dithering without decision. Eventually however I had the color professional mix for the walls which reflected the most light and, recalling expert advice - a half-tint lighter for the shadowy areas and foyer/corridor. This formulation, to the best of my knowledge, does not mean simply adding white to make light; there are recipes based on the base colour which guarantee the results you’re seeking.
As January waddles along, my kitchen needs pepping up; as do many people at this time of year when weather can be dreary and dispositions match! The post-holiday blahs can be contagious, so instead of putting on dark shades to mute whatever sunlight there may be – try “rose coloured glasses”. Giddy optimists need them rarely, while others would do well to lighten up their outlook!
If you’re in need of pepping up and your walls do too, a half-tint lighter – or other percentage change - will make you feel bigger, brighter and lighter.
Full-spectrum indoor lighting can alleviate some of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder from which many people suffer, a coat of paint wan work wonders too!
Just as some people need to hire a professional designer to help choose room colours, once in awhile we can change our own viewpoint with just a hint of tint!