Color Theory 101: Effects of Light On Your Painted Walls

Light and color are inextricably linked, and people tend to remember this just until they paint a room or change a light fixture. Then you very often hear exclamations such as “It looked different in the store!”

Color Theory 101 Effects of Light On Your Painted Walls
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It is not enough to know that light and color are linked. You also need to understand how they work together, so here are a few interior design color tips that will help you avoid unnecessary trips back to the store:

The colors in your room are affected by the sources of natural light that are present. If your room has a northern exposure, the color you choose will have a blue hue added to it. Warm colors, such as yellow, coral, and pale pinks are the most suitable for that situation.

The effect of an eastern exposure is to add green hues to colors. Your color choice will depend on whether you want bright or subdued colors. Pink, white, and yellow tones will brighten the light and, therefore, the room while cool colors such as blues and greens will have the opposite effect.

Similarly, western exposures add an orange hue and southern exposures a yellow to white hue that can wash out colors.

Interior lighting also affects the colors of the paint you choose. Turning on a single bulb can change the whole feeling of a room. When incandescent bulbs are used with warm colors, the effect of the color will be intensified.

Cooler colors such as blues and greens will look duller under this type of light. Standard fluorescent bulbs have the opposite effect while halogen bulbs produce the light that is the closest to natural light.

For more information on how light and color interact and how we can create something special in your home, contact Chrisicos Interiors today.