Selling Houses Australia

How To Brighten a Room

Too many dark features in your home can make it feel like it comes from the pages of a gothic novel. Shaynna Blaze shares her expert advice!

So unless you live in an historic castle follow these tips to brighten the space:

  • Wall colour is a great starting point to opening up any room. If painting isn’t right for the surface, there are other options. Exposed brick walls absorb a lot of light and where there’s one exposed wall, there are often several! Covering some areas with gyprock gives the room a lift, and you also have more styling options both the walls and rest of the room.
  • In addition to the walls, also review the floor and ceiling, often main offenders in a gloomy interior. Low ceilings can contribute to a closed-in feel. So as well as ensuring your ceiling colour is lighter in comparison to your walls, make sure your furniture, especially tall items and art work, still have plenty of “head room”, which will give the illusion of height
  • And while we generally enjoy having floorboards of any colour beneath our feet, a lighter colour can give a room a more summery feeling.

Applying these tips to more than one surface of a room create have a dramatic change. It’s fine to have some cosy areas to hide away in, but it’s best if you keep the gothic experience on the page!

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Posted by Michelle2098Report
In recent Selling Houses Australia episodes you have stated that yellow based colours actually absorb light and should be avoided when trying to brighten a room. This explains why the existing 'cottage cream' walls in our house seem so glum. I also feel our dark purple-grey feature wall is very depressing. What other tints should be avoided in these areas? And, what tints actually reflect light and brighten rooms?