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North facing rooms - what colour should they be!?

Updated: Jun 29

So what colour should you paint these un-desired rooms that everyone is dreading?

Many would say white!! Make it white to brighten it up, since the lighting is so scarce!

Do you want to know the truth?! That is actually the worst idea, because a white room with low lighting will just look grey and dull.

Like with everything in interior design.. and life, you should embrace what cannot be changed. Make it work with what you've got. So ...a north facing room will never be a bright, light filled room ... stop hoping for that. Instead try to make it feel warm rather than dull!

What actual colour would work?

  1. Warm Whites. In the world of interior design and decoration there is a big distinction between the pure "builder's white" and warmer tones of white. So...take notice of that and opt for warm white shades with subtle undertones of yellow, beige, or cream also called complex creams. These colors can help reflect light and make the room feel brighter. Avoid stark or cool whites, as they will exacerbate the room's lack of natural light.

  2. Soft Neutrals: Light, soft neutrals like greige (a mix of gray and beige), will add warmth and depth to north-facing rooms. These colours will create a cozy ambiance without making the space feel too dark.

  3. Rich deep blues: will create a dramatic and cozy atmosphere. Dark colours add depth and character to a space, while making a room feel more intimate.

  4. Earthy Tones: Earthy hues, such as warm browns, terracotta, or muted yellows, will bring a sense of grounding and warmth to a north-facing room.

There you have it! I hope managed to convince you to never paint north facing rooms stark white!


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