Colour is greatly affected by light and lighting – this is indisputable! A certain blue can look one way in fluorescent light and completely different in natural sunlight.

This can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to painting the inside of your home or business! It also means that you should check your paint colour under the light that it will be most exposed to and make sure that it’s what you want before you rush out and buy 100 litres, because the disappointment will be deep if it turns out badly, for you and your credit card!

So what do you need to take into consideration when it comes to lighting?

Have a look at how much natural light the room is getting, as well as how the light changes from morning to night, as this will impact the hue of the colour you choose. How many windows are in the room and are they north or south facing to catch maximum light, or only a little light throughout the day.

If they are north facing then you will get intense sunlight which can make whites and paler colours seem washed out and faded, but your darker colours will appear brighter and more striking. South facing windows will provide softer indirect light throughout the day making darker colours feel heavy and paler colours seem muted.

East facing windows will get intense morning light and then be darker for the rest of the day, and west facing windows will be bathed in a beautiful golden glow in the afternoons. The further south you go in the Southern hemisphere the redder natural light appears because of shorter wave lengths and this needs to be taken into consideration as well.

The unique lighting pattern of your home needs to be factored in when painting each room so that you get the BEST results possible with the colours you choose.

In PART TWO we will look at how artificial lighting impacts on colour and how best to choose your lighting to get maximum results from your colour selection.