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How light can affect your choice of interior

Written by Team Indigopaints  | Published:
April 4, 2019

Selecting your home interior wall paint colors is a matter of personal preference, and a vision of the look and feel of the room. Have you ever chosen a wall color which you really liked at the time, but turned out to be a disappointment when you finally got your room painted with it? Among the many reasons, the impact of lighting sources is perhaps the most critical.

Why do wall paint colors appear to be different amid different lighting setups?

The mutual interaction of colors and light can result in a paint color that gives the impression of being dynamic and starkly different. For instance, paint colors look their dramatic best during day time when the sun shines the brightest. When the sun sets, the same paint color somewhat loses its glow. Even when you use a certain type of artificial lighting, a light blue color may seem all not-so-light blue. Why does this phenomenon happen?
It’s got plenty to do with sunlight, a spectacle known as metamerism. Based on the variation in intensity and angular positioning of the sun all through the day, wall paint colors assume dissimilar appearance. That’s why it’s key to choose paint colors for your rooms in natural light.

Interior wall paint colors vis-à-vis artificial lighting

More often than not, artificial fluorescent lights emit a greenish hint. Hence, warm paint colors, at times, can send out a gloomy, dismal look. Thankfully, now we have fluorescent lights that give off a pinkish tinge. This is a more color friendly option. Using such tonal lighting, you can put dark and warm colors in high spirits and make the pale, cool ones look blissful.

Incandescent light bulbs generally emanate a warm, yellow light. As a consequence, they send the light pastel shades to dullsville besides perking up the warm hues. When you use tinted light shades in a room, the color of the light either amplifies the wall paint (if from the same cohort) or subdues it (if it’s the opposite color).

Interior wall paint colors and its link-up with natural light

If your house has north-facing windows, the natural light adds a dash of blue to the wall paint colors, whereas an eastern exposure puts in a tinge of green. Lush foliage adjoining your window can toss back green hues inside your room and affect the paint color. Natural light coming from the east and north turns pale shades into sickening states of affair. Thus, in order to fight against this greenish or bluish light and garner best results, opt for rich, vivid tones like red, orange or yellow. Southern light can spell a real disaster for many colors and make them look completely washed-out.

Light from the west infuses orange hues and causes excessive saturation of warm colors. So, if you have a room that faces towards the west and you’re planning to paint it a vibrant yellow or orange, be very careful while you single out the exact shade. Such colors can put your house on fire sometime in the afternoon or early evening.

Get cracking on painting your home with Indigo paints

Now that you have gained an understanding of how light impacts wall paint colors, you can be absolutely certain about picking out the right colors that make your home interiors look beautiful. Always plan and implement your paint colors inside your home based on the lighting assembly and a color matching tool that we at Indigo paints furnish you with. It’s all-important and relevant irrespective of whether you get ahead with a new painting or repainting.

 

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