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Tips for Painting Light Colors Over Dark

Dark shades have made their mark in the world of interior design. From sultry navy lounges to opulent burgundy dining spaces, they've graced many a Fort Collins home, giving a touch of sophistication and depth. However, while these shades have their charm, tastes evolve. If you've found yourself pining for a lighter, airier aesthetic, or perhaps that dark hue didn't deliver the vibe you envisioned, you're in luck! Translating a dark canvas into a brighter space is not only possible but also offers an exciting home makeover journey.

Tips for painting over dark colors

Quality Tools Make All the Difference

To embark on this transformative venture, MGM Color Solutions of Fort Collins consistently champions the use of top-tier paintbrushes and rollers. A good quality brush, especially one with natural bristles tailored for acrylic paints, promises a smooth application, reducing the risk of rogue bristles ruining your masterpiece.

Your roller, too, holds significance. Different wall textures demand varied nap lengths. For the smooth walls, a roller with a nap length between ⅛-inch to ¼ inch works wonders, whereas lightly textured walls would benefit from a ⅜-inch to ½-inch nap. And remember, for repainting over an already painted surface, a blend of polyester and nylon in your roller ensures the perfect finish.

The Magic Lies in the Preparation

As the age-old saying goes, "Well begun is half done." Before the actual painting begins, a meticulous preparation phase is essential. Wipe away every trace of dust, and for those stubborn spots, a gentle cleanser works wonders. This cleanliness isn't just for aesthetics; it's crucial for paint adherence. Got some scars on your walls? Spackle them away! From scratches to dings, ensure your wall is as smooth as a canvas. And, of course, tape off any areas you wish to safeguard from the paint's reach.

The Power of Priming

Diving into the transformative world of color, MGM Color Solutions never underestimates the might of a good primer. Especially when transitioning from a rich dark to a serene light, a primer not only seals away the former shade but also enhances the vibrancy of the new. Paints with built-in primers might tempt some, but for a stark color change, separate primers offer unparalleled results. A white primer, in particular, serves as the ideal base for most light shades.

Selecting a Superior Paint

Navigating the paint market can be overwhelming, given the plethora of choices. But one mantra stands out – quality is king. What constitutes a high-quality paint, you ask? MGM Color Solutions emphasizes three core elements: exceptional pigments for vivid colors, resilient binding agents ensuring longevity, and premium solvents, ideally low in VOCs, guaranteeing a safer painting experience.

Embrace the Art of Layering

Your dark walls, as mesmerizing as they were, might require you to layer on your new shade multiple times to capture its full essence. Achieving the perfect shade, especially in the vibrant Fort Collins sunlight, might mean two or even three coats. Patience is the key. Let each layer dry thoroughly, unveiling the depth and brilliance of your chosen hue, and turning your space from moody to magnificent.

Let MGM Color Solutions Help You!

When it comes to interior home painting, nobody beats MGM Color Solutions on expertise or value. Give us a call today to discuss your interior home painting project. Our team services all over Northern Colorado including Fort Collins. No matter what the project is, if it involves painting we can help!

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