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How Lighting Affects Paint Color

If you read our last blog post, you’ll know that there is a lot that goes into picking out a new paint color. Besides the texture of your walls and picking a color that goes well with your furniture and flooring, the lighting of your room plays a very important role in what the final product will look like.

In today's blog post we will be discussing how lighting affects paint color and some tips on how to go about choosing the best fit!

Light bulbs

Depending on what kind of light bulbs you have in your house will affect your paint color and may alter what the color looked like on your sample palettes.

1.) Incandescent light bulbs give off a warm, yellowish light. This lighting will pair well with warmer colors such as red, orange, and yellow making them appear more intense but will also make blues and greens appear duller.

2.) Halogen bulbs will give you a look of natural light. This bulb provides white, bright light and will not distort color as much as the others. Halogen light bulbs have been said to provide the closest to natural lighting.

3.) Fluorescent light bulbs will provide a bright, blueish light. This will pair well with blues and greens.

What direction is the room facing?

You will want to determine which direction the room you are painting is facing. Rooms will have a different look depending on if it’s facing North, South, East or West. This will determine when the room gets the most natural sunlight and when it will need artificial light.

What time of day will you spend most of your time in the room?

Another important factor to take into consideration is what time of day you will be using the room the most. For example; if you are painting a living room, that is used at night most of the time, you want to pick a paint color that will compliment well with artificial light and vice versa, if you’re painting a room with a lot of natural sunlight, you will want to pick a color that will go well with that. Take a look at the table below, from Sherwin Williams, for a good depiction of what kind of light your room will get.

As stated in our last blog post, always take into consideration the furnishings and flooring in the room and ALWAYS apply samples directly to the wall before painting!

Thank you for reading, stay tuned for our next post! Feel free to comment any questions/comments/suggestions.

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