The Effect Of Light On Colour

Light is an extremely important factor to consider when selecting colour for your home. Depending on how the light changes within each room throughout the day will impact the way that colours appear on the walls. Little Greene paints contain 40% more pigment than other paint, giving the shades a depth of colour that subtly changes in different lights.

When selecting colours, simply paint shades out onto an A4 piece of paper or wall and move them around the room throughout the course of the day so you can see how the changing light will affect them. You will observe big changes in light at different times.

South Facing Rooms

South Facing Rooms tend to have warmer light, so colours can appear more yellow. For a South Facing Room, cool shades such as ‘French Grey Pale’ or ‘Gauze’ will read as neutral whites, and warm whites such as ‘White Lead’ or ‘First Light’ will become quite cream.

Celestial Blue & Marine Blue
Yellow Pink & Lamp Black

North Facing Room

Colours in North Facing rooms tend to look consistently flatter and cooler than they would do when bathed in direct light. Stronger green-blues such as ‘Air Force Blue’ and ‘Canton’ are fairly warm colours. In a neutral scheme, shades with a pink or yellow undertone such as the ‘Rolling Fog’ or ‘Stock’ colour families will help warm up the overall feel of the room.

Down & Knightsbridge

West Facing Rooms

The natural light in West and East facing rooms changes dramatically throughout the day. Make the most of the changing light by varying the strength of shades in a neutral colour scheme and adding in accent colours as a highlight for architectural features.

Slaked Lime Deep & Route One
French Grey Dark & French Grey

East Facing Rooms

If the bedroom or perhaps kitchen faces East then make the most of the morning with a strong or radiant colour. Bright colours will appear more subdued in the evening light.

Lamp Black
Confetti & Lamp Black

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