Q&A: Should I Go Yellow?

Question from a reader:
I’m moving into an apartment that receives northwest light and the living room feels dark. I’ve read that painting a room yellow can help brighten it, but I don’t know if the yellow paint will be too much or end up giving the room a weird ambiance.

What do you think? I really like blue colors, but I’ve also read that they might not help my ‘dark room’ situation.

We found a photo (above) of what your room might look like if painted yellow and in my opinion the color yellow doesn’t seem to “brighten” the light so much as it sets a different tone and mood for the room. A semi-gloss white may be more appropriate for this situation if light is the main concern.
Any other ideas to help Vanessa?

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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