Choosing paint colours for North, South, East & West facing rooms

When choosing paint not only is there a vast amount of colour options, shades, brands and finishes available to you. But you also have to keep in mind how much natural light a room has, will you be spending time in there during the day or in the evening… and most importantly — which direction does the room face?

Just because a colour looks great in a photo or a brightly lit showroom, doesn’t mean it will look the same in your home. 

Here at Grant Steel painters & Decorators we don’t just help transform your spaces to suit your decorating dreams — we also provide expert advice on how to best revamp your rooms depending on their size, shape and location.

PAINT FOR A SOUTH FACING ROOM

In a south facing room you have the benefit of heaps of natural light and sun throughout the day. This makes it one of the easiest rooms to decorate. Lucky you! You can use both warm and cold tones, both will look great.

If you’d like to balance the strong natural light and you’re looking for a peaceful & tranquil feel, then I would suggest looking at cool blue and green shades to give you that easy breezy feel.

Want to keep it sleek and white? Look for white paints that contain a slight hint of blue or green undertones. 

PAINT FOR A WEST FACING ROOM

West facing rooms can experience large substantial differences in light throughout the day. With natural light being the strongest in the early evening.

With cold light in the morning and warmer light in the evening you have to keep in mind what time of day you will be spending the most amount of time in this room.

In the morning time shadier colour tones will be enhanced.

Try to balance the sunlight with cool colours or make a more intense statement with strong colours.

PAINT FOR A NORTH FACING ROOM

North facing rooms can be a little tricky to decorate – but it’s not impossible to get the look you want!

Don’t try to fight the lack of sunlight, embrace it instead with strong, dark, statement colours. A dark purple will look undeniably luxurious.

Not ready to take the leap and go for a dark colour?

When choosing white paint for a north facing room go for a yellow or cream base. This will help the light bounce around. And unless you want a room that feels cold — avoid grey undertones at all cost. 

Delightful pinks and golds will also help this space feel warmer and they will look great both on your walls or in your soft furnishings. 

PAINT FOR AN EAST FACING ROOM

With the complete opposite to west facing rooms, here we will experience natural light in the morning and colder light towards the evening.

If the morning is when you spend most time in the room then take advantage of that natural light and choose colours that come to life with a bit of sunlight. 

SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?

Please get in touch if you need help choosing the right paint colours for your home, we’re more than happy to advise & its free! 

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