How does dark color affect a room

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Antonelli Realty 3137972

Painting a room can be one of the most budget-friendly ways to makeover a space or prepare a home for sale, but some commonly held myths may prevent some homeowners from finding the truly perfect hue that enhances their space. spoke with painting experts to address some of these common myths about painting a home. Some of those include:

  • Dark paint colors make a room look small

It’s just the opposite in many cases, says Ashley Blackmore, a real estate professional with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Western Colorado Properties. “If you use a dark color for an accent wall, it can truly make the home look much larger by adding variation to the eye,” Blackmore says.

  • Primers aren’t necessary

Many homeowners believe they can skip the primer step, but it’s a crucial one to ensure the paint goes on correctly, experts say. “In order for your project to look like it was done professionally, you absolutely need to use primer,” says Kayla Martin, owner of Acme Home Interiors. “It helps make the paint job look smooth and allows the paint to adhere to the wall.”

  • You always need two coats of paint

Don’t assume this one is always true – many times you may not. “If you apply primer and are using a quality brand of paint, you can absolutely get away with one coat of paint,” Martin says. However, it depends. Blackmore says in some cases she has seen rooms need six coats of paint, particularly where the walls weren’t properly prepped for painting or where there was a previously darker color painted.

  • Trim must always be white

White trim is the most common color, but it doesn’t always have to be, says Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted. She says that extending wall color to the trim for both the top and bottom can make walls appear taller. It can also emphasize details in the room’s moldings.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Paul. I really like this. I am a color lover and have known this forever.

Mar 20, 2019 04:14 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Paul. When color is involved, I seek the advice of those in the know! Enjoy your day!

Mar 20, 2019 04:57 AM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I like pastel colors but if I ever decide to go darker in a room I know now what to do.

Mar 20, 2019 02:15 PM #3
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