More and more people are staying in apartments and condominiums long-term. One of the most important parts of renting or owning any space is making it your own. Decorating with art, furniture, and family photos can go a long way, but nothing changes the look and feel of a space, like the paint on the walls. The color of the walls in your apartment can significantly affect how your apartment feels. For example, dark colors that absorb light can make a space feel cozier, while bright colors can make an area feel more open and reflect natural light. Here are a few tips for apartment renters interested in painting their space.
Check With Your Landlord Regarding Redecorating
Before you even think about paint swatches, brushes, or designs, you must consider what you can do and any potential complications in the future. Check with your building management company or landlord to discuss what you are allowed to paint under the rules of your lease. Many apartments that will enable you to paint your space require you to return the area to how it looked before you painted if you move out. If you are six months from the end of your lease and aren’t planning to renew, you probably should avoid painting projects.
Use Light Colors & Natural Light
As we mentioned earlier, lighter colors have the effect of reflecting natural light. Not only can this make your space feel more natural and lighter with the windows open on a spring day, but it can also make the space feel larger. Opening your shades and allowing natural light to bounce around your room can make a small place feel much bigger. By contrast, dark paint colors and closed blinds can create a cave-like atmosphere and make the walls feel closer together.
Use Dark Colors for Rooms You Want To Feel Cozier
While a bright color in a living room or a kitchen can make the room feel more open, sometimes you really want to feel like you are in a nice warm, and cozy room. Offices, bedrooms, and similar rooms are great spaces for dark colors and brown tones to inspire a safe and comfortable space. Mixed with warm lighting, you can create a comforting atmosphere.
Make Use Of Mirrors
Mirrors are another great way to brighten a room. Even more reflective than light-tone paint, a mirror is a great way to increase the natural light within a room and make a room feel more deceptively large than it is.
Choose Bold Accent Colors
Shelves, cabinets, and light switches can all pop when using bold color options. If everything in your home is just a different shade of gray or brown, things can feel very drab quickly. While grays and browns are excellent for large painting areas like walls, you want smaller objects to pop out. Consider accent colors that can help theme your space. For example, dark black contrasts well with light greys if you want a modern look. If you want a more ocean vibe, consider light blues contrasting with sandy browns.
Get Help Painting Your Space
The best way to paint your space and keep your security deposit is to work with experienced painters to ensure your floors, carpets, and furniture are spotless. If you want to work with a great team to paint a home or apartment in Northeastern Massachusetts, call Rob Ross Painting.