A year ago, I bought my house in the picturesque city of Tromsø, Norway, from a local developer.
The plan was to install the most expensive tiles of any house in Norway, which cost about 5,000 kroner ($8,200).
The tiles were painted with an acrylic paint that glows green when lit up by an LED bulb.
But that wasn’t good enough.
To brighten up my wallpaper, I needed to add another color to the palette, and I had to buy a whole new palette.
The new colors I had chosen didn’t have a lot of utility.
Instead, they were the perfect complement to the existing colors in the house.
And they were pretty good.
A few weeks later, I went back to the developer to buy the next set of tiles.
The next tile I purchased was also painted with the same acrylic paint, but this time it was brightened up with a green-blue color scheme.
But this time, I had bought an entire palette of colors.
It’s pretty amazing how much different you can make a palette, if you just make sure that each color is appropriate for its color.
I ended up buying the whole thing.
But I had no idea how to change that.
What to do with the tiles?
To make my wallpaper brighter, I just painted it on with another color.
But how to do that with the old tiles?
I asked the developer how to use the old colors on the new tiles.
I also asked him how to make the new colors brighter.
He told me that it’s not really possible to change colors on tiles because there’s no way to get a green or blue out of an opaque material.
“You can’t use a green tile to brighten your wallpaper, you can’t make it green.
It will just become a dull gray,” he said.
“And so you have to find a way to make it a little brighter, a little lighter.”
The developer said that this problem was solved by putting light into the existing tiles.
“The tile you put in is an ordinary white tile,” he explained.
“But you have a green light in it.
And the light from that green light is reflected off the tile and makes it shine green.”
It’s a pretty simple solution.
After painting the tile with the green light, I painted it again with the original color.
And this time the tiles were brighter.
It took a while for the developer’s explanation to sink in, but he eventually gave me the answer.
He just used a little green light from the tiles that came with the palette.
So, after using the tiles for a while, I could use them as wallpaper.
I then went back and replaced the old wallpaper with a fresh one.
After a couple of days, the tiles started to brighthen up again.
I thought to myself, What a wonderful trick!
The new wallpaper made my wallpaper seem brighter and brighter.
I was delighted with my new wallpaper, but I didn’t get the full benefit.
I still had to keep using the same tiles for the rest of the year, and my wallpaper still wasn’t as bright as before.
But now, it’s brightening up all over the house every time I go back to my old home.