I want to brighten up my apartment

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Ok...the issues: smallish apartment, plentiful windows but VERY shady. Walls and ceilings are painted that typical dingy beige color but this paint is older and seriously dingy. Yuck! To make matters worse, the carpet is almost the same dingy color. I seriously need to brighten things up but need to remain rather neutral. I thought of leaving ceiling color and going with a much lighter tone of beige?? Main LR color is plaid sofa in deep jewel tones. Help me. This dingy (ness) is depressing.
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  • Teresa Teresa on Dec 12, 2016
    When I was renting I used liquid clothing starch to adhere beautifully patterned sheets to my walls - all you need is the starch, a sheet, a squeegee and a second set of hands, and it strips off without leaving a mark all in one piece - no horrible wallpaper stripping - just wash the starch off and done!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 12, 2016
    Paint ceiling 'ceiling white', Walls a satin finish buttery cream or a cream with hint of pink(makes things glow), I hate wall mirrors but a grouping of mirrors is a nice soution to reflection of light. Floors, either professionally clean carpet or remove/replace with either a really light or a darker neutral so your 'things' stand up off the foor. Use some accent throws, etc that match wall color, that will make room look bigger and coordinated. Stay away from too much texture/patterns as they visually shrink the space.

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Dec 12, 2016
    Love the suggestions so far. I prefer warm white paint over beige for a brighter look. Btw, a picture would help to get our creative juices flowing! Here's a similar conversation that you might find helpful as well! https://www.hometalk.com/21933271/q-does-anyone-have-any-suggestions-about-how-i-could-brighten-up-this-ro

    How could I brighten up this room?

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 12, 2016
    What about a greige (gray-beige)? It sounds dingy but actual brightens up a room a lot.
  • Francesca Francesca on Dec 12, 2016
    We have had a similar problem. The one thing that made the biggest difference to a shady room was painting the ceiling white. It was light blue previously. Depending on how neutral you want to be there is a Behr paint from Home Depot called Milkshake which is a soft white color that is warm and changes color depth with changing light. it can look soft white then as the light shifts it adds a slightly warmer tone that has a soft glow. Also the type of lighting you use will make a big difference in your room. Using the starch method to put fabric on your walls is a nice idea but beware that unless your walls are smooth when removing it , it could leave fibers attached to any rough surface. Recommend you take a look at the blog The Homes I have Made. Megan has a lot of ideas on temporary solutions and what you can do with walls.
    Good luck!
    • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 15, 2016
      A hint of pink in white paints will give a glow to the light. Also using a satin finish helps to difuse the light and help the glow factor.
  • Mmc4704764 Mmc4704764 on Dec 12, 2016
    If you want anything to look larger and cleaner paint it white.
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    • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 15, 2016
      Bite the bullet and paint that ceiling, you will be so much happier for it.