When considering the colors of paint that you want for your home, it is important to notice the natural light of the room throughout the day. The direction that the room faces makes a huge difference in the saturation of colors.
Your painting professionals at Jacobsen Brothers have the experience to help you choose just the right colors for your Boulder, CO, home to capture the advantage of natural lighting.
A room may be warm in the morning but the light will change dramatically throughout the day. An east room may be warm and invigorating with a burnt orange color, but the same color used in a west room may be blazing and overpowering.
We know paint science.
There is a science to knowing the impact of colors in a room. Colors are measured in Kelvin units as “warm” or “cool.” The hottest color is blue and the coolest is red. In another interesting twist, the hotter the temperature of the sun during the day, the cooler the visible color temperature will be. Your designer at Jacobsen Brothers can help you determine the temperature range of your rooms.
Here are some color guidelines to consider for each angle of your house:
- North Room
A north-facing room can have good natural lighting all day, but it will be indirect. This kind of lighting is considered bluish in color and the visible temperature of the light is cool. Choosing a bright, light color may make sense when you’re trying to add more light to the room, but it actually might be a mistake. Dark, dramatic colors like steel gray could give the room an intimate look. Contrasting it with a bright white or a vibrant color can add a dramatic effect.
Neutral and warm tones would also be a great choice for your north room. Buff and creams would work well. If you want to combat the colder light from the north, a warm, dusty goldenrod or a lively split pea would be a great choice. When in doubt, the professional design team at Jacobsen Brothers can offer an expert opinion.
- East Room
An east-facing room will, naturally, be brightest before noon. The sun, low on the horizon, is warm and the color of the light is yellow. Pale colors look great in this bright space. To temper the light, try cool colors such as pale duck egg colors of dusty greens and blues. To maximize the energy, warm pinks, corals, off-whites and yellows will make your room amazing. Jacobsen Brothers can help you match the complementary colors to enhance your style.
- South Room
A room with southern exposure can be the hallmark of the house. This room gets the most light throughout the entire day. The visible temperature of the light is considered warm and the color of the light is orange-yellow.
Muted colors can bring a restful feeling to these bright spaces. Try a neutral that dips into beige, a subdued turquoise green, a thundercloud gray or a powder puff periwinkle. If you love the power of the light, stay with tinted whites that have a whisper of color but give you the full cheer of the natural light.
- West Room
Your west-facing room will get the full blaze of the setting sun, but can be dark and shadowy until the afternoon. This light is considered orange-red with a visible temperature called “warm.”
While white and neutrals are always a great choice, you may want to branch into the greens and creams for more of a color statement. Greens and reds complement each other and absorb the sun well. A dining room on a western wall would do well with a dark red for intimacy. For an airier feeling, try a whisper white, soft pink or gray neutral. You can add more color flair with your furnishings, if desired.
The right color for the right space.
With over 65 years of experience, the experts at Jacobsen Brothers know how to choose colors and pair them to make the best use of the natural light and to create the atmosphere that you desire.
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To get started choosing the right colors for your home, call us today at (303) 449-3239 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll schedule a free consultation to find the colors that are right for you. We can also schedule your home’s next painting job to ensure you get a professional application that will show no blemishes in the natural light to give you an impressive and eye-catching space,