Everyone has had it happen. They choose a great paint color and then they go home and paint their walls only to find that the paint color isn’t quite what they expected it to be. It’s either too dark, too light or just doesn’t look right.
Unfortunately, this happens all too often. But the thing that people have to remember is that the color of paint can be affected by many different things. There are two things that will affect the way that color is seen:
1. The light the object’s absorbing – For example, black will absorb all of the colors, white will absorb none, and blue will absorb red.
2. The way a light source is working – Sunlight, which is natural light, will change through the day, and will be affected by the location of the room. Artificial light will change depending on the kind of bulb you’re using.
Below are some tips on figuring out the way that lighting is going to affect your choice of paint color before you’re paying for the paint.
How Colors are Affected by Sunlight
As the angle and amount of sun changes, the color of your room will also change. You should always consider natural light when you are choosing the color for a room. Below are some tips based on the room’s location.
Rooms that face north – The light that are in these rooms will be bluish and cool. It’s best to use bolder colors in these rooms instead of muted colors. If you use lighter colors, they’re going to look subdued. Use colors that are strong and embrace the things that nature’s given.
Rooms that face south – The light that is coming into these rooms are going to bring out the very best in warm and cool colors. dark colors are going to appear brighter and light colors are going to virtually glow.
Rooms that face east – Light from the east is going to be yellowy and warm before noon and then will turn blue as the day goes on. These will be ideal rooms when it comes to yellows, oranges and reds.
Rooms that face west – The light in the evening in these types of rooms will be warm and beautiful while the low morning light often produces shadows, making colors to look dull.
How Color’s Affected by Light Bulbs
The bulb type you’re using can change your room’s colors as well. Below are some of the types of bulbs and how they can change the look of color.
Incandescents – These bulbs have an amber-yellow, warm light and they’ll make yellows, oranges and reds more vivid. However, they will mute greens and blues.
Fluorescents – Fluorescent bulbs have a cool and flat light which enriches greens and blues.
Halogens – These types of bulbs are white lights and they resemble the way that natural light looks. They help all colors to look a lot more vivid. When you use halogen bulbs, it’s going to make the change from natural to artificial light much less jarring.
CFL’s – These types of bulbs can produce a light that’s bluish-white, neutral or warm white.
LED – These types of bulbs can be bought in cooler or warmer bulbs, and they even come in smart versions, which means they can be controlled wirelessly. It’s possible to point to a particular color and the bulb is able to be that color.
Tips to Help You Achieve Your Desired Color
- Prime some drywall squares and then paint them with the color samples that you’re considering. Then move the squares around your room throughout the day. You should have at least two coats.
- Evaluate carpet samples during various daylight conditions.
- Get an approximate color by putting the bulb you’re going to use in a desk or floor lamp. If you’re really sensitive to the color that you want or you’re searching for a particular look, ask the electrician if they can hang your lights and then make sure they’re carefully covered when you’re painting.
- Keep in mind that artificial and natural light are going to work with one another during particular times of the day, particularly when it’s summertime when dusk will last for a while. Turn on your artificial lights even when it’s still daylight so that you can see the way the colors are going to look.
- The paint’s sheen is also going to affect the color. If the paint has a glossy finish, it’s going to reflect the light and change how it’s color looks. if you are using a flat finish, it’s not going to be as reflective and let the color to look much truer when the light’s bright.
- Walls that are light in color are going to reflect bold carpets’ color. If you have a rug that is bright blue, it can give your white wall a tone that’s bluish.
When you are planning to paint, remember these tips and you’ll discover that you are having a better experience with choosing the right color and getting the result that you want. You’ll also find that you are saving money and frustration.
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Claudia Leah is the owner of Decorating Den Interiors. A native of Germany, she’s worked as a interior decorating specialist since 2000. Claudia offers interior decorating services many areas of Southwest Florida including Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Marco Island.