How Light Affects White (& Other Colors, Too)
Before you patchwork your wall with $3.99 paint samples—ah, how quickly it adds up to $20 and counting—review these tips on how light affects the qualities of white. And Calypso Blue, Tickled Pink, etc…
Guidelines for white, light and color, too:
First, think about where windows are positioned and when you use the room most. The quality of natural light changes from pinkish early light to pale midday to warm, golden sundown.
South-facing windows drench rooms with intense light that can drain color, especially in walls facing windows.
North-facing light cools colors with blue or blue/grey tones. Whites will seem darker and less vibrant.
East/west rooms have a dual personality. East-facing windows get more “southern” light until noon, then go dark later in the day.
Old-school incandescent lighting heightens warmth, undercoring brown, reddish or yellow undertones.
Compact fluorescents draw out greens and blues while flattening warm tones, though far less than standard fluorescent bulbs.
Published: Oct 2, 2008