If you have ever painted a room that faces north, you might have noticed that the color didn’t quite look as if you expected, especially if you used a lighter colour. That is because north-facing rooms get very little direct sun, if any. Also, the organic light that does stream into the space is often a cool, bluer light –not the warm glowing type. This can have a massive impact on color and leave your paint job from the shadows. With all that, north-facing rooms may still be inviting and warm, if you’re willing to use colors that are more saturated and vibrant.
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Using orange provides a warm and also a festive touch to a north-facing room. A crisp color of orange makes a fun and unexpected color choice for a mud room or laundry room.
Attempt: Knockout Orange 6885 by Sherwin-Williams
A shaded room will never win against yellow in its saturated form. Start looking for a deep yellow that’s gold and green undertones for its biggest effect.
Attempt: Funky Yellow 6913 by Sherwin-Williams
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Periwinkle is considered a color that was cool, but its purplish undertones add just enough heat to make it work in a space with sun. Additionally, it is a good idea to pair cooler hues with warm finishes, such as the hardwood floors in this space.
Attempt: Anemone 590B-4 by Behr
Walden Design Group – Cynthia Walden
With its warm, garden green wall color and sexy pink cloth, this woman’s room has excitement and energy. A punchy color combo is the best answer for a space that doesn’t have a direct hit from the sun’s yellow rays.
Attempt: Hidden Meadow 410B-5 by Behr
Chartreuse is a bold color choice, but in a shadowy space, it is tempered enough to not look so overpowering.
Attempt: Nervy Hue 6917 by Sherwin-Williams
A cherry color echoes a beautiful sunrise and will add a natural warmth into your north-facing room.
Attempt: Funky Fruit 2015-50 by Benjamin Moore
Using fuchsia can be frightening, but if you like pink, then it is best to use a vibrant tone in chambers with hardly any sun. Pairing pink with white and black produces a very glam look.
Try: Hot Lips 2077-30 by Benjamin Moore
David Churchill – Architectural Photographer
Imagine if your favorite color is blue? Can you still use it in a north-facing room saturated in cooler sunshine? Yes you can! Just remember that glowing, soft blues may turn out looking dull or gray. Choose a warm, mid-tone blue that is more vibrant than what you could possibly be accustomed to.
Attempt: Rocky Mountain Sky 2066-40 by Benjamin Moore
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8 Colors for South-Facing Rooms
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