painted bedroom too dark

Old 08-05-03, 01:13 PM
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I painted my bedroom a brown color with flat paint as suggested from paint store. The color came out way to dark. Any suggestions on how to lighting up the room.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-05-03, 03:30 PM
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Repaint it a lighter color.
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I'm afraid re-painting is the only option. Unless you want to glaze a faux finish over the existing color, but that's about as much work as repainting. It is another method, though.
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PLEASE do not try a Faux finish over a matt base...It doesnt work.
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sure it does. i've done that many times. don't do ANYTHING with a glossy finish. it shows every imperfection in the wall.
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Exclamation wait!!!

first off, are you SURE it's too dark? or are you still in shock at the radical change from what was there before (probably bright white, right?)? don't rush into anything too quickly - live with it for a little while. you might get used to it, or it may grow on you. also, when a room is empty, and all the art & wall hangings are off the walls, the focus is on the walls, and whatever paint is there, it seems brighter/darker/whatever-er than you thought it would be! when you've refurnished the room, it might not seem as bad as it does now.

if, however, after all that, you REALLY do think it's too dark, the easiest way to fix it is to, as Prowallguy said, simply repaint it in the same color but several shades lighter. any type of faux or glazing technique will be MORE work, and more risky. and if you'd wanted a faux textured wall, you'd have painted it that way to begin with, right? but you chose a solid, flat paint, so i'm thinking you won't be happy with ANY kind of faux job now.

my advice: repaint a lighter color. (but first paint a 2x8 piece of poster board & hang it up for a couple days!)

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