When you’re choosing new paint for the interior of your home, whether it be for the foyer, the living room, or the master bedroom, it’s important to take into consideration what type of lighting is in each space. A certain paint color can look different under the fluorescent lights of your local hardware store than it does under the light from your new chandelier. You may really love the color when the paint is in the can, but when it dries on the wall, it can look completely different. As your local lighting experts, The House of Lights can help you determine which lighting is best for your new paint colors.
Compare and Contrast Natural and Artificial Light
If you plan to use the same color of paint in two separate rooms, be sure to take into consideration how much natural and artificial light each space receives. The appearance of the color can be greatly altered by how much sunlight hits it, and which directions the windows or doors face. A room with orange walls can appear extremely vivid in the afternoon sun, especially if the window faces west or south. If the room receives mostly morning sun (such as the bedroom) that orange color can be a bit more subdued. It can be a good idea to paint a small swatch on each wall and see how the sunlight affects it at certain times of the day.
Sunlight is the best light for seeing colors as they naturally appear, but when it comes to artificial lighting, it can be a different game entirely. Incandescent bulbs generate mostly yellow light that can make warm colors such as red or orange pop, while dulling cooler colors such as green or blue. Halogen bulbs provide brighter light that’s closer to sunlight, but can still affect the appearance of your new paint. Fluorescent bulbs create cooler light that accentuates those blues and greens, but can make warmer colors less intense.
What Type of Fixtures are Best?
It’s also important to take into consideration what type of fixtures each room has, and what kind of light they produce. Will the walls be mostly bathed in direct light, or will the light be diffused or indirect, as with a wall sconce or shaded lamp? With direct light, you’ll have more shadows and contrast, and this can make the ceiling and the tops of the walls appear darker than they actually are. Indirect or diffused light can make a color seem warmer and create a glow in certain parts of the room.
If you’re painting any room in your house, and you’re worried about how the lighting will affect the new color, come to our showroom today. We have experience and expertise in lighting and all types of home decor, and can help you make the best decision for your home. You can bring paint swatches or your current lamp or fixture, and we’ll help you choose new fixtures, new bulbs, and anything else you need to make your home feel complete.