2 Basic Guidelines For Using Natural Light To Enhance Your Interior Paint Colors

14 September 2017
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When it comes to repainting the interior of your home, you've no doubt put a lot of thought into the different shades of paint that you'll use for each room. A fresh coat of paint can transform a room, giving it a whole new look and a far more modern feel. As well as the color choice, it's worth thinking about the quality of natural light that each room receives throughout the day.

The paint colors you use can make the most of the natural light and conversely, the natural light can help you to get the best out of your chosen shades. Here are two basic guidelines that will help you to embrace this idea and use it to the best effect in your home.

1. Brighten up your day with morning light

Mornings can be a struggle for many people and you may find it hard to get motivated for your morning routine, particularly during the colder winter months. Natural light has been shown to help you wake up faster in the morning and can help you to feel focused and motivated.

It makes sense to make the most of the morning light in the rooms you frequent most commonly in the mornings, such as your bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Choose a light, soft color for these rooms that has warm undertones. This will maximize the reflection of the morning light around the room and have you springing into action in no time at all.

2. Create a relaxing and luxurious mood with late afternoon light

Late afternoon leading into the sunset is a time when most people are finishing off their working day and beginning to wind down for the evening. Whether you choose to relax in your living room, study or another room in your home, you can create a calm and restorative mood by choosing paint colors that reflect and enhance the laconic hues of the setting sun.

The quality of late afternoon light is different to morning light and is often filled with languid tones of orange and red. You can make the most of this light in your rooms by choosing darker shades that embrace the long shadows and glowing light, such as deep grays, dark purples, and rich chocolates with red or orange undertones.

These basic principles of using color and light as complementary factors when choosing your new color scheme can turn an ordinary repainting project into something extraordinary. Contact a local painting contractor, such as Puget Sound Quality Coatings LLC, to discuss paint options and color ideas for your home.