Interior Design Q&A: Painting to Lighten up a Dark Room

Dark can be cozy – or it can be gloomy. Lighten it up a bit!

Looking to paint a dark wall a lighter color, but concerned about how it will come out?  Let’s drop in on this Interior Design Q&A:

Q.  I want to lighten a dark wall to a lighter color.  How should I go about this?

A. To lighten a dark wall to a lighter color, you might first consider using a tinted primer over the existing dark color. The paint store can tint the primer (at no cost) a shade lighter than the paint color you are going to use on the wall. By doing this, you should only have to use a single coat of paint to cover up the dark wall.


DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as a reference guide only.  All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, metal fabrication, and restoration projects should be handled by a qualified, professional contractor like the Tuckey Companies.  Information presented here is of a general nature that may not be applicable in all situations. Tips, articles, and accompanying information do not represent an official recommendation of the Tuckey Companies.

(Text Copyright 2014, The Tuckey Companies)

(Picture By Broc (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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