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Paint Your Kitchen According to Natural Light Exposure

It is pretty common knowledge that upgrading your kitchen is one of the smartest home improvement investments you can make. After all, the kitchen is one of the most commonly used rooms in the house—used several times a day and by every person in the home—and definitely needs upkeep.

But remodeling a Perma-Seal GTA kitchen can be very expensive and time consuming. And sometimes you don’t have the money or the time for a complete overhaul.  The good news, however, is that a fresh coat of paint could do wonders for any kitchen—and saves you a little money over a major remodel project.

Of course, choosing to repaint your kitchen is one thing, but knowing what color to choose is something else altogether.  But before you just go with your gut or with your favorite color, you should know that experts advise specific kitchen color schemes based on the direction your kitchen faces.Image result for Paint Your Kitchen According to Natural Light Exposure

EASTERN EXPOSURE

A kitchen facing the East will have very strong light in the morning, of course, with that light shifting away towards the afternoon.  This means that you should expect to find more shadows—and more shifting shadows—as the sun makes its way through the sky overhead.  For this reason, darker walls—think olive green and burgundy—with contrasting, light-colored cabinets—perhaps ivory or eggshell—are more advised.

WESTERN EXPOSURE

If your kitchen faces the West then you should know that natural light will be less prominent in the morning but stronger in the evening.  For similar reasons, then, dark colors also work well in this type of kitchen—largely because they absorb light—so strong, solid colors would be best.  Though, the contrast does not have to be so dramatic.  Earth tones, then, work best here.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

Northern light tends to be cool and indirect. This is actually the tone of light preferred by artists and painters. Northern light does not shift much over the course of the day which means whatever room it lights will remain even and constant. As such, even and cool, bright tones (think lime, lilac, or periwinkle) and off whites, of course, work best in this light.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

Antithetical to Northern light, Southern light is stronger and more direct and, of course, will shift greatly throughout the day.  Choose solid and warm colors (almond, canary, and tangerine) to capture the best effect.

NO EXPOSURE

Some kitchens will have little to no sunlight, relying on artificial light instead.  Choose colors depending on bulb type.  Halogen and incandescent bulbs, for example, are best with warmer, yellow tones while fluorescent bulbs are cooler, so you should use equally cool or even neutral paint.