Best Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms
It is notoriously difficult to choose a paint colour for a north facing room. North facing rooms tend to have reflected light instead of direct light. The light coming into north facing rooms will often feel cooler and darker than in other rooms. They can appear cold and even gloomy. Baring this in mind we have pulled together a selection of the best paint colours for north facing rooms.
Neutral Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms
When choosing a neutral paint colour for a north facing room stay clear of colours with a grey undertone. Choose a paint colour with a warm undertone. Neutral colours with a yellow or pink undertone will help bring life to a north facing room and help create an ambient feeling. Painting a north facing room in a white paint colour won’t necessarily make it feel brighter. It is often better to go for a warm colour in a light-mid tone. Here are some suggestions for neutral paint colours that will work beautifully in north facing rooms.
Batch Loaf from Colourtrend
If you're looking for something more neutral, shades with a pink or yellow undertone such as Rolling Fog or Stock provide an uplift when used in an all-over scheme.
Raw Cashmere from Dulux Heritage
Dark Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms
Don’t be afraid to embrace the cooler darker light in the room and use a dark paint colour. Dark paint colours will create a cosy, moody feeling in the room. This creates a statement in the home and brings character to the room, embracing the limited light. This is ideally suited to living rooms and bedrooms where you can create a cocooning, comfortable room to relax in. Here are a selection of the best dark paint colours to use in a north facing room:
Etruria from Little Greene
Downpipe from Farrow & Ball
Squid Ink from Paint & Paper Library
Rivington Rain from Fleetwood
Green Smoke from Farrow & Ball
Warm Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms
Highly pigmented warm paint colours will work really well in north facing rooms. Consider using terracottas, reds, pinks and purples. These colours will pull warmth into the room and help create a warm cozy space. Pastel paint colours with warm undertones will also help to bounce light around the room. Here are a selection of the best warm paint colours for north facing rooms:
Muga from Paint & Paper Library
Faded Terracotta from Farrow & Ball
Faded Terracotta is part of Farrow & Ball's California Collection created in collaboration with Kelly Wearstler. It is a soft, pale orange that is characterised by its softness and warmth. This bedroom shows that feeling perfectly!
Marsala 18-1438 from Fleetwood Paints Pantone Collection
We're all about embracing warmth and comfort in our homes. Marsala from Pantone is an exotic blend of red and brown, that can be complemented throughout the year with darker colours for Winter and lighter hues for Spring and Summer!
Have you used any of these colours in your north facing room? Let is know in the comment box below. Likewise, if you’d recommend another paint colour for a north facing room, let us know.