There are many factors to consider while choosing a paint colour: design scheme, furniture, and lighting. The direction that your room faces should also be taken into consideration, especially if you have lots of windows that let in beautiful natural light. There are unique colours that work well no matter where your windows are, but it is a smart idea to learn a bit about how and why geography and positioning make a difference.
Whether your room is north facing, eastern facing, southern facing, or western facing, here is a guide to choosing a paint colour based upon the direction your room faces.
The Best Paint Colors for North-Facing Rooms
North-facing rooms are cool. Not in that hipster sort of way, but the form of light. The indirect sunlight keeps them feeling chilly, even on bright days. When choosing colors for these spaces, avoid those with gray, blue, green, or lavender undertones, including stark white. In these tones, even a well-decorated room will look dingy and uninviting. So how do you make north-facing rooms appealing? Use warm colors to balance them out. Here are a few of the best paint colors for north-facing rooms that you might consider using.
Just because your room faces north doesn’t mean it can’t get a lot of natural light. North facing rooms with lots of windows can still get plenty of sun exposure that stays relatively consistent throughout the day. For well-lighted northern rooms, choose more neutral shades, like Malted Milk or Sourdough. PPG’s Malted Milk is an off-white with a buttery undertone. It makes an excellent neutral for north-facing rooms, giving the appearance of cream without the potential for dingy gray notes. However, many northern-facing rooms seem dimly lit in the house, especially if your room only has one window. For these rooms, feel free to choose bolder shades of paint, such as Brick Dust.
Best Paint Colors for East Facing Rooms
As daylight passes through a room over time, it changes in color. For east-facing rooms, which get bright, cool morning light, consider clear and sunny colors made to work in both morning bright and evening dim. We’ve listed what we think are the best paint colors for east-facing rooms. If your eastern-facing room has lots of windows and gets a fair amount of sunlight, certain paint colors work better than others. Light and neutral colors often do well in sunny eastern rooms. For example, duck-egg blue will come alive in the morning sunlight. Pair with bright white trim for a beautiful, classic look.
Best Paint Colors for Southern Facing Rooms
Everyone loves a south-facing room. The sunlight washes through the windows, bathing the room in warmth and Vitamin D. But choosing the right paint colors for sunny rooms can be challenging.
Paint colors for a south-facing room can be fun. Sunlight reveals the warm undertones of many paint colors, but it can also present a unique challenge. A south-facing room will experience more changes in natural light than other spaces. A paint color that looked just perfect in the middle of the day may look different in the morning or evening.
If your southern facing room has many windows, you may want to avoid bright paint colors; they can seem a bit tacky when the sun hits them. For the same reason, overly warm colors like yellow, orange, and gold-tinted creams can make the room feel too warm.
Best Paint Colors for West Facing Rooms
In rooms exposed to natural light, the position of the sun will change how colours appear. For example, north-facing rooms can seem grey due to the cool, indirect light, while those with a western exposure can be drab in the morning but have strong yellow overtones in the afternoon. Because these warmer afternoon tones can overwhelm warm paint colors, consider cooler hues like green, pale yellow, and cream. A light, clear green is a natural solution because it brightens the space in the morning while keeping it cool all afternoon. Light yellows are also the right choice. They pick up the best of the sun’s rays without setting the room on fire.