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How Does Lighting Affect Paint Colors?

How Do I know What Lighting to Select?


Direct sun light

Have you ever selected a paint color in the paint store and it looked totally different on your walls a home? It can be very frustrating. It’s hard enough trying to decide on a paint color, now you have to think about what light bulb to use.
Paint will look different depending on the time of day as well as the light source, there’s no getting around it. It will also affect the way your faux finishes and decorative painting techniques look as well. So what’s the solution?

Paint colors will look different during the day than in the evening and will also appear different on North, East, South ,West walls. Depending on what type of lighting you’re using and when the light is shinning throw your windows .


Here’s two things to consider when picking your paint color:
1.  The light that an object absorbs. Black absorbs all colors; white absorbs none; blue absorbs red.

2.  How the light source works. Natural light (sunlight) changes throughout the day and is affected by a room’s location. Artificial light changes with the type of bulb you use.

How Sunlight Affects Colors As the sun changes, so will your room colors. Natural light should always be a consideration when choosing color. When you’re in the paint store selecting paint colors take them outside to see its true color.
North-facing rooms: Light in these rooms is cool. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look dull.

South-facing rooms: Lots light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will practically glow. East-facing rooms: These are great rooms for warm colors such as reds, oranges and yellows. The East light is warm before noon and will turn darker and bluer later in the day.

West-facing rooms: Early morning light creates shadows and makes the room look dull, where as evening light creates a warm and cozy feel.



Why bulbs can affect the colors you choose

Bulbs play a big role in how the light will affect the color.

Incandescents: Will make reds, oranges, and yellows more vivid, while muting blues and greens.

Fluorescents: This flat and cool light enriches blues and greens.

Halogens: These white lights resemble natural light and make all colors look more vivid. Using halogens would make the shift from daylight to artificial light less jarring.

Compact fluorescent lights: can produce either a warm white, neutral, or bluish-white light.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs):  You can buy warmer or cooler LEDs and even “smart” LED bulbs whose color you can control wirelessly
paint samples on walls

Tips for Achieving the Color You Want

Paint squares on samples of the colors you’re considering, and then move them around the room during the day. Apply at least two coats.

Place samples on the carpet during times of the day.

Remember that natural and artificial light will work together during certain times of day, especially in summer when dusk lasts a long time. Turn on artificial lights even during daylight to see what your colors will look like.

Try a couple of different bulbs to see the different affects you’ll get.

Most importantly, don’t stress over it. Just do your best at selecting a color and relax in your freshly painted room. Foe more decorating and painting tips follow me on Pinterest.


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