If you’ve ever painted a room that faces north, you may have noticed that the color didn’t quite look like you expected, especially if you used a lighter hue. That’s because north-facing rooms receive very little direct sunlight, if any. Also, the natural light that does stream into the space is often a cool, bluer light —not the warm sunny type. This can have a huge impact on color and literally leave your paint job in the shadows. With all of that, north-facing rooms can still be warm and inviting, if you’re willing to use colors that are more saturated and vibrant.
Using orange will bring a warm and a festive touch to a north-facing room. A crisp shade of orange makes a fun and unexpected color choice for a mud room or laundry room.
Try: Knockout Orange 6885 by Sherwin-Williams
A shaded room will never win against yellow in its most saturated form. Look for a deep yellow that has gold and slightly green undertones for the biggest impact.
Try: Funky Yellow 6913 by Sherwin-Williams
Periwinkle is considered a cool color, but its purplish undertones add just enough warmth to make it work in a room with very little sunlight. It’s also a good idea to pair cooler hues with warm finishes, such as the hardwood flooring in this space.
Try: Anemone 590B-4 by Behr
With its warm, garden green wall color and hot pink fabric, this girl’s room has energy and excitement. A punchy color combo is the perfect solution for a room that doesn’t get a direct hit from the sun’s yellow rays.
Try: Hidden Meadow 410B-5 by Behr
Chartreuse is a bold color choice, but in a shadowy space, it is tempered enough to not look so overwhelming.
A peach color echoes a beautiful sunrise and will add a natural warmth to your north-facing room.
Using fuchsia can be frightening, but if you love pink, it’s best to use a vibrant tone in rooms with very little sunlight. Pairing pink with black and white creates a very glam look.
What if your favorite color is blue? Can you still use it in a north-facing room drenched in cooler sunlight? Yes you can! Just keep in mind that muted, soft blues may turn out looking dull or gray. Choose a warm, mid-tone blue that’s more vibrant than what you may be used to.