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Chase Away Dark Spaces

by Darrell G. Hamilton 02/04/2019

Moving into a new home is an exciting time. There is so much to do with packing up the old place, closing on the purchase, and moving in that you probably haven’t spent much time wondering what your new home is like early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. After visiting your new home just a few times during the buying process, you may be unprepared for how your home appears at different times of the day.

Then, one morning, you wake up, look around and think it’s still night because you don’t see light streaming into your home the way it did into your fourth-floor walk-up apartment. You feel the walls closing in and wonder if it was all a mistake.

What’s up with that?
If the home is older, it might have fewer windows. In an effort to conserve energy and lower heat and air conditioning bills, older home designs had less glass exposure. Of course, modern improvements to thermal windows makes this less necessary, but if you’ve purchased an older home, or are planning to, consider some of these alternatives for brightening up your space.

Lighten up!

  • Remove heavy window coverings and curtains and opt for more sheer versions or install adjustable blinds to let in more light. Not only will this brighten things up, but it will also give your home a modern, clean, minimalist vibe. Lighter colored blinds reflect more light than wood, and lighter natural woods reflect more than darker ones.
  • Shine light on the walls and the ceiling. Adding a couple of floor lamps that direct light up the walls and onto the ceiling can brighten up any room. Or, add sconces to brighten things up in dark hallways and smaller rooms. Choose lamps without shades, or with very light shades to maximize the brightness.
  • Use paint to add light to the room. Interior paints are rated by their LRV (light reflective values). Before choosing a paint color, learn where it falls on the scale (from zero to 100%). Paint dealers can help you choose colors that have a higher LVR so that your home reflects more light. Often, the LRV is listed in the color “fanbook” or on the paint swatch. The higher the value, the more light reflects into the room.
    Consider buying sample sizes and paint swatches on the walls so that you can view the paint in all light ranges throughout the day. If painting swatches on your walls makes you cringe, hang up a piece of butcher paper and paint the swatches on it. That way, you can quickly take it down when your mother-in-law pops in for an unexpected visit.
  • Make glass and metal your friend. Reflective surfaces found in mirrors, blown glass decorations, and metallic art helps bounce light around the room. Placing two mirrors opposite each other gives infinite reflections that open a room or give life to a dark hallway. Or, place crystal vases or brass candle holders in the darker area. Frame photos and art with metallic frames.
  • In the kitchen and bath, add reflective surfaces such as glass or metallic tile to backsplashes and showers. Chrome reflects more that brushed surfaces such as nickel, so opt for those in your bath and kitchen fixtures.
  • If renovations are in your future, consider a more open concept, enlarging windows, or adding skylights to increase your light exposure.
  • Pay attention to your landscaping as well. Older homes often come with mature trees that cast larger shadows. Give yourself the opportunity to experience all four seasons before removing them, though, because that shade might come in handy in the warmer months.

Check with your real estate professional for recommendations on local contractors to help with addressing structural changes and extensive landscaping alterations.

About the Author

Author
Darrell G. Hamilton

Darrell G Hamilton Denver Real Estate

For nearly three decades, Darrell has achieved success through hard work and an optimistic attitude. He is a consistent top producer, ranking in the top 5% of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. His ability to seamlessly sell a modest one bedroom condo, a world-class penthouse or a multi-million dollar estate exemplifies his knowledge of properties in metropolitan Denver. And he is a true people person. Some of Darrell’s clients are buying or selling their home through him for the third or fourth time; their confidence in him is appreciated. Other clients are well-known personalities in business, real estate development, oil and gas, biotechnology, banking, medical, hospitality,communication/entertainment, society, philanthropists, and professional sports. He respects their privacy and safeguards their confidential information …he does the same for all his clients.

Darrell began his real estate career in Portland, Oregon. He has been a licensed Broker in the state of Colorado since 1990. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees, Sociology & Social Work, from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. He was asked to join Rae & Company, Denver’s most prestigious boutique real estate firm; known for its pioneering efforts in saving historic buildings and residences from the wrecking ball in the 1970′s and 80′s. Consistently atop producer, Darrell was part of the original marketing team for the luxury condo conversion on Cheesman Park, Cheesman Gardens… among many others.

While with Rae & Company, Darrell was selected as the principle Marketing Broker for several residential developments. During this time, Darrell became known for his “hands-on” approach to the prospective Buyer and the needs of his developers.

When Rae & Company closed its doors in 1998; Darrell was sought after by all the top-producing firms in the city. He accepted an offer from the newly opened Moore Premier Properties in Cherry Creek. Ten months later NPR bought Moore &Company. The Principals of Premier Properties were asked to help create the expansion of The Kentwood Company into the inner city. Now, the brokerage house of The Kentwood Company has over 150 of the most successful Agents in the entire United States. After the first year of having its doors open in Cherry Creek –Darrell was given the recognition of being the top sales producer for five years!

During his years of living in Hawaii, Darrell managed the real estate portfolio of exclusive clientele of who’s who in the entertainment industry. He has traveled throughout Europe, The South China Sea, Africa and South America where he gained great knowledge of architecture and culture. During the last two decades, Darrell has maintained involvement in many community and charitable organizations which includes:

Mount Saint Vincent’s Home for Children
(One of the original charter members)
Project Angel Heart
Cancer Awareness drives, etc.
Denver Art Museum benefactor
Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association
Denver Board of Realtors
National Association of Realtors

Letter from Darrell:

My company has catered to Denver’s “carriage trade” real estate market since we opened our doors.  Through the years, the Kentwood principles Bill Moore & Peter Niederman have insisted that their associates cultivate the camaraderie and cooperation of other top brokerage firms in the Denver area, as well as other key cities across the country to draw prospects from a broader target market. Thus my marketing is always result-oriented, unique, quality and attention grabbing. Through my promotion expenses and methods, it invites, welcomes and even applauds other brokers who bring Buyers to the table. A good portion of my promotional efforts is directed at other brokerages and agents. In this context, I do not allocate a specific sum to be spent on marketing a particular property. I will spend whatever it takes to generate a sale in the form of media promotion, printed materials and select, exclusive, invitation-only receptions for my colleagues… and many other tailored techniques. This extra “service,” persisting beyond the fixed expense budget of other real estate brokers, has earned me the reputation for results and success I now enjoy.

What I bring to the company and the reason I was asked to join the firm, is my dedication to refined service. I always go above and beyond my obligations as a Realtor, to make the entire selling experience and process as effortless and as lucrative as possible for my clients.

I am known for not only how I set the stage before each showing, but for the fact that I even fold the toilet paper – seriously! I make sure that lighting is just right, the right background music is selected, etc., for each showing and open house that I can attend. All of which, I firmly believe, is so crucial to ensure that each Prospect’s first impression of the property is a positive impression.

One of the most important marketing advantages I can offer you is my sphere of past clients, colleagues and friends throughout the state and across the country. These people may be interested in your property or may know of someone who is. This is of utmost importance when marketing exclusive or unique properties, to have a sphere of influence as I do.

I firmly believe my strength is knowing the inner city real estate market. Not only the history of the buildings, homes and neighborhoods, but the residents, their families and the special characteristics of each residence or condominium and neighborhood block. After all, I have lived in the inner city for over 35 years! I also pride myself on knowing the “players” in the inner city real estate market, who is looking, who is selling, who the developers and investors are and what they are looking for. This is an attribute that no other Broker in the city can offer.

Please feel free to contact me about any real estate questions you may have or transactions you may be considering.

Darrell G Hamilton
Associate Broker