How To Pick a Perfect Paint Color for a Low Light Room

How To Pick a Perfect Paint Color for a Low Light Room

Emil Evans
Apr 7, 2014
The rich teal of this kitchen creates warmth even without big windows.
(Image credit: Country Living)

Current trends for Scandinavian minimalism suggest white is the only paint color possible for room. But what happens when your room has few—or no—windows? This lack of natural light makes otherwise sparkling white paint dull and cold. Even warm cream walls turn flat, yellow, and dingy.

Contrary to first-glance logic, light colors don't brighten dark rooms. Instead, embrace the opportunity to carve out an ultra cozy space in your home filled with rich, saturated color.

Think of it this way: in dark rooms, color makes up for natural light. Even if the color looks too bright and saturated on the paint chip, paint a few large swatches and stick them around the room for a few days. In shadow, super-saturated colors mellow and will end up closer to what you intended.

Who wouldn't enjoy sleeping in an emerald cocoon?

In rooms without natural light, shadows become quite distinct and can make the room feel even darker. When picking paint, you want to choose a color that absorbs shadows and only looks the better for it. Jewel tones work well for this.

(Image credit: Hashai)

The 'before' walls of this bedroom are just okay, but the strong pine green in the 'after' really claims the space.

Similarly, the dark red bricks embrace this bedroom would look dingy if painted white.

Is your bedroom light or dark, and do you prefer it that way?

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