Natural light impacts the look of paint colour more than anything else. Season, time of day, and the amount of light a room gets will affect the cast of a paint colour in your space.
North, south, east, and west each have distinct lighting characteristics that change throughout the day and into the evening. Elements of a space with eastern lighting include:
The good news is that our colour and design experts are here to help. Read on for tips on how to choose the best paint colours for eastern exposure—when natural light comes into a room from the east.
- A room with east-facing light tends to get more direct light in the morning, and muted, indirect light past noon.
- The natural light in a room with eastern exposure tends to be a cooler cast.
- Choosing a paint colour with the right amount of warm and cool undertones can bring balance to a room with eastern light.
White Paint Colours for East-Facing Rooms: Top Picks
Keep walls lively throughout the day with clean, warm whites. These three go-to white paint colours provide varying levels of warm tones.
Gray Paint Colours for East-Facing Rooms: Top Picks
The perfect gray for your east-facing space will depend on the quality of light coming in to your space. Brighten things up with a lighter gray that has a hint of warmth.
Neutral Paint Colours for East-Facing Rooms: Top Picks
The varied lighting of an eat-facing space gives you the ability to play with ambiance. These neutral paint colours provide warm undertones that lighten shadowy afternoons.
East-Facing Rooms: Consider the SeasonLighting conditions vary hour by hour, and day by day, depending on your location. A woodsy cabin surrounded by trees will receive different lighting than a beach bungalow in the sun. Artificial lighting also affects paint colours and how they cast.
The time of day can make a particularly big impact on how paint colour appears in an east-facing room. Consider:
- Morning yields bright light, since the sun rises in the east.
- Afternoon lighting in an east-facing room tends to be dimmer than the morning, with a cool cast.
- It's important to think about the time of day that you use your east-facing space. A dining room primarily used in the evening will use mostly artificial light. This varies greatly from a bedroom where you get dressed and ready for the day in the bright morning rays.
- Shadows can look darker in an eastern-facing space, especially in the afternoon as the sun starts to set. Consider using a lighter, airier paint colour on an eastern-facing wall, like Ocean Air 2123-50, Pleasant Pink 2094-60 and Sping Meadow 486.
- For trim and ceiling, consider Chantilly Lace OC-65, a crisp white. This clean hue plays well with all the paint colours in this article, offering a bright contrast for dim eastern light.
- Consider choosing a higher sheen for trim, like semi-gloss or high-gloss, to lighten up darker spaces.
East-Facing Rooms: Increase Colour ConfidenceThe more you test your paint colours, the more confident you will be in your ultimate colour choice.
Choose a paint colour sample from your local Benjamin Moore retailer, including oversized colour swatches and brush-on paint colour samples.
If you brush on a paint sample, we recommend painting a foam poster board so you can easily move it around and observe colours in different lighting.
After seeing colour samples on the wall, go back and observe the hues in both artificial and natural light, throuhgout the day and evening.