Should Natural Light Affect My Home Decorating Plans?

Natural lighting is one of those finicky topics that many amateur or hobbyist interior decorators avoid. Why? Well, because it’s kind of hard to determine exactly what sort of lighting there is based on a variety of different criteria. Because the sun moves, you really have to put a lot of thought into natural lighting and how it may affect your home.

Most importantly, it needs to affect your color choices. Many people just don’t realize how much it may affect the color choices that they have made. A color that you see in the store may look entirely different from the color that you’re looking at once you paint it on your walls. The natural lighting that goes into a room can totally destroy the look that you are going for. There are some general guidelines you can go by, however, based on where the light is coming from:

  • It’s suggested that you use more energetic colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) in rooms that are receiving natural light from the north.
  • Light from the south will complement blues and greens well, as will light from the east.
  • If the natural light in your home is coming from the west, it’s recommended that you use neutral colors.

Of course, how do you determine this? Depending on where you live and how many windows you have, it may be difficult to determine how to do this. For a test, paint an area on the wall or a piece of material that is similar to that of your walls with the color that you want to use.

Check the paint several times throughout the day – specifically dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, and dusk. How does the paint appear? If it seems to compliment the feel of the room well, then go ahead. If it seems to overpower the room or it just looks bad, then you may want to reconsider the color you are looking at.

There are other things that natural lighting could affect your home. Another big one is how you’re going to purpose a room. If you have a room with a lot of natural light, you may want to use that for a living space or an office instead of a bedroom, if you can. These decisions could really affect the overall look and feel of the rooms in your home, and if you aren’t careful, it could be an effect that you really don’t want.

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