If you’ve ever fallen in love with a color and then applied it to a room in your Upstate South Carolina home only to discover it looks faded or cheap, you may have missed considering how the light would affect the color. Since light affects every color, it’s important to consider what kind of light a room receives throughout the day. One color used in separate rooms that face two directions can literally end up looking like two different colors because of the varying light reflections.
The way the brain perceives color is affected by the reflection of light off an object. If you look at an orange, no light is reflected from its surface except orange, giving the perception of that color to your eye. If all of the light is reflected, the object appears white. If none of the light is reflected, it appears black. All of these nuances depend on the amount and kind of light that is striking the object, reflecting to your eye and then transmitting to your brain.
When choosing a color for a room application, you and your designer at A Perfectionist Touch can evaluate the type of light that the room receives. The type of light should complement the color that you choose for that room.
Consider these tips for different rooms in your house, according to the direction that the light comes from:
- Northern Rooms – The light that comes from the north is indirect and can be subdued. Northern light adds a bit of blue to the colors. If you choose a darker color for a room facing this direction, it will appear darker. A light color in this room will appear less brilliant. Bold colors will stand out nicely and natural hues will complement the indirect light.
- Southern Room – For this room, you need to consider that it will receive the brightest light of the day and that light will last a long time. If you choose a darker color, it may lighten a bit, while light colors will be extra-bright and washed out. A muted color will absorb some of the extra light while lending an atmosphere of peace to the room. It’s hard to really go wrong with a southern room as the colors will be enhanced by the light throughout the day.
- Eastern Room – This room is a morning room with warm sunshine bringing out the best in the reds and yellows. A little green is added to these rooms by the easterly sun, and a color like buttery yellow can really pop. You may want to try a sample on the wall and watch it throughout the day to see how it changes before you make your final decision.
- Western Room – Finally, this room adds a fiery quality to the paint color. Reds and oranges may be overpowering when mixed with a western sun. You may want to choose a light color that will absorb the extra sunlight well. Natural colors look great in these rooms and soft or airy colors will portray a sense of intimacy.
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