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How Different Lighting can Affect Paint Colours

Natural light plays an essential part in how we perceive paint colours in our home. Depending on the direction your room is facing and how much natural light is being let in. If you don’t have access to much natural light, dark paints can look darker and light paints often look dimmer.

On the other hand, if the room gets plenty of sunlight, dark colours will appear brighter and light colours can make the space feel larger.

Luckily, by using the right artificial lighting, you can control the colours and hues of your home, regardless of the time of day and light exposure.

Aritifical Lighting

If you have a soft white light bulb, like an LED, this can provide a very similar affect as natural light. These lights can make bright paint colours appear more powerful. Whereas more calming paint colours will appear slightly duller.

If your light bulbs are warmer, this can really complement mellow paint colours, like beige, buttery yellow, or light shades of brown.

When working with fluorescent lightbulbs, with a blue-grey feel, these pair well with cooler colours. These lights also work very well in commonly used areas, or workspaces.

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Light Placement

Keep in mind, how you position your lighting plays a big part in the results. Ceiling light fixtures and chandeliers provide the whole room with light.

Standing lamps or table lamps offer great lighting to a designated area, like your reading nook, or your work desk. These smaller light fixtures don’t tend to affect the paint colours significantly.

Things like candles or other feature lighting also provide a cozy feeling to rooms and offers a contrast to rooms painted in darker colours.

Each home’s lighting will be different, depending on age and locations. Keep this in mind when choosing a paint colour. If you have questions, we’re happy to provide our professional opinion.


Van Isle Paint

Victoria, BC, and Beyond

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