Choosing Paint Colours Depending Upon The Light In Your Room


Choosing the right colour of paint is an enjoyable, yet challenging task. On one hand, you have a whole palette in your hands to choose from, with all the lovely colours you can imagine your room in – a chance to design your room in your own way. But, on the other hand, there are so many different views and suggestions coming in from your family members and relatives. Each one has a different choice, and will give you a different suggestion, which will confuse you all the more. So then, how will you be able to decide upon the colour you want to put up on your walls? Worry not, we are here to help.

Colours don’t look the same 24 hours a day

First and foremost, remember that no matter what colour you choose, you won’t have it looking the same throughout the day. Now, what do we mean by that? Well, each colour behaves differently during the day and night. This is because the light during the day is that of the sun, and the light during the night is artificial light coming from various bulbs and tubelights that we install. Different light sources bring a different outcome of the colour when they fall on the walls. Thus, you need to choose a paint colour that looks great during both the day and night. This is why you must always choose your colour by applying a coat of paint sample in the area where the sun focuses its rays to get a base idea of what your colour will look like. Then, you must assess the same by focusing artificial light on the area to help you know how the light will control the colour in your room.

Choosing different colours for different rooms in your home

If you don’t want to paint the entire house in one single colour, and wish to play with different colours in different rooms, here’s a guide to help.

  • For North-facing rooms, these rooms tend to be darker, as the sunlight falling in is cooler, which is why you must stick to warmer colours to help brighten up your room a little. Bold colours can help make your space appear larger.
  • For South-facing rooms, these rooms are filled with light for most of the day. This makes it easier to choose colours for the room, as both dark and light colours can be illuminated with sunlight. Dark colours can appear brighter, while light colours can appear glowy.
  • For East-facing rooms, the sunlight coming in has a warm yellow tone during the day, which turns blue by evening. This makes it very difficult to choose the colour for such a room; and the most suggested colours are red and yellow.
  • For West-facing rooms, the incoming sunlight in the morning is not much, but throughout the day, the scenario changes, making the room brighter and warmer by the end of the day. This is why brighter colours should be emphasized upon while choosing a paint for such rooms.

What lights are you planning to install?

Now that we have seen how we can choose colours depending upon how sunlight enters the room, we’ll now see how the artificial lights we intend on installing in a room can also influence the paint colours to be chosen.

  • Incandescent bulbs have a warm light, which can make red, orange, and yellow rooms vivid.
  • Fluorescent bulbs have a blue tone, which can enhance darker colours like blue and green.
  • Halogen bulbs are white and bright, which means they can brighten up every colour, making them the best choice for any room.

With this guide, you are in a better position to choose the right paint colours for your home. But, only colour isn’t important. The quality of paint to be used is to be kept in mind too. And for this, you need the right brand of paint. Mathaji Hardware is the best paints shop in Bangalore, where you can get only the best quality paints from two leading brands like Asian Paints and Birla White; thus you have no looking back on your walls once you have applied your paint.

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