Let’s look at artificial lighting and how it impacts colour and colour selection!
First, do you know about the colour temperature of light bulbs? Well, if you don’t, it’s measured in Kelvins which rates the colour tones. Bulbs for household use are rated from 2700K to 5000K. The lower end of the spectrum is your warmer tones, and the higher end your cooler tones that are more comparable to natural light. What we’re trying to say is check your bulbs for temperature so that you can determine how a new paint colour will look in that room under that particular tone of light.
This might seem like a hack, but you should test any paint colour in the desired room before making a purchase. You can either paint swatches in the room, or place a 3×3 painted piece of drywall in the room and observe how the colour changes the room throughout the day with the available lighting – natural and artificial.
Paint the night before so that it is fully dry by the time you want to observe it. Also make sure to observe most closely during the time of day when that particular room is used, for instance a child’s playroom vs a formal lounge are used differently, and at different times of the day. This will give you a good idea as to whether or not that colour is going to work in that space and create the desired mood and feel.
If you have your heart set on a specific colour but it’s coming off a little wobbly during certain times of the day then you need to look at your lighting and see how you can adjust it to give the desired effect. You can adjust the flow of light with curtains or blinds, or you can experiment with different bulbs to adjust the tone of the light on the paint.
If you have the patience for it this process will really pay off by giving the right vibes in all your rooms!