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Interior Painting and Natural Light

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When you are choosing a perfect 01paint color for your New Jersey home, it is important to consider how the colors change under various lighting conditions you may encounter. A room that is exposed to natural light can vary in appearance depending on the position of the sun and even the direction of the light. When you are making the final decision make sure to use color swatches in the actual space you are preparing for paint. Here are a couple of the ways you can expect the natural light in your home to affect your paint colors.

Paint Swatch

A paint color sample from your local paint store can help you to see what changes will occur in your house painting choice. Check throughout the day to see how the color changes and how the light affects it. You will also get a sense of how the artificial light is affecting your colors. But expect different results from light that is coming from different directions.

Northern Lights

If the light is coming from the north, it is cool and can appear grey to some. Choosing a yellow or cream color will stand out and pale warm pale corals and pinks will amplify the light. It can add a bluish color to your room. Overhead skylights can actually dull your colors.

Southern Lights

Light from the south can be intense during the middle of the day. A color like lavender will look good during the day but become even richer at night. Your rich greens and blues will lose intensity but can almost appear to glow with natural light from the south. Using earthy tones like brown and clay are good choices. This light will wash colors out.

Eastern Light

Being exposed to eastern light provides a bright light that is great for high-activity rooms. Kitchens, family rooms, and playrooms look great with these. Pale colors like pinks, corals, yellow, or white enhance this light. Cool blues and greens will, however, temper it. It adds a bit of a green hue.

Western Light

Western light has a muted look in the late afternoon that works well with green and cream colors. Green, yellow, and white are also good choices to pair together. Compliment your colors. Reds seem to appear richer and not as flat because they are absorbing light.

Time of Day

The time of day also has a big impact on how a color looks. In the morning daylight, the cool daylight will absorb the coolness and make it more palatable for warmer colors. Reds and warm colors usually look best during this time and give an appearance of brightness.

The strongest daylight is usually found during the middle of the day. This is usually characterized by a very bright and direct sunlight that washes colors and lightens and whitens what it touches.

Fading daylight cancels out warm and cool colors. This time of day is best suited with dull and neutral colors.

Artificial Light

At night, your paint is lighted by the artificial light in your home. Depending on the light, it can drastically affect how your color looks. You will also want to know how the lights you have in your home will affect your colors throughout the day. Take extra care in checking how each factor will affect your color upon placing it in a desired area.

Natural light has a large impact on how a color looks. Depending on the direction that the light is coming from and the time of day it is, a color can look better or worse for any given situation. Take all this into account when you are looking for your homes new interior painting colors.

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