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How Natural Light Affects Home Decor

Pamela Cole Harris

One of your best friends in design (or worst enemies!) is the natural
light that filters through your home’s windows. It can make that lavender
color you chose in the store look dreamy and serene or like Barney’s
nightmare depending on direction your room is facing.

Here are some tips
on how natural light will affect your


Northern Light is usually cold and direct sun in the room only occurs
in the middle of summer. Use warm colors such as red, yellow or orange in
your décor to compensate for the coolness of the light. Blues or greens
will make the room appear even colder.


Southern Light is warm and sunny. You can use darker colors in a room
with a southern exposure. Blues and greens in this room can create a
summery feel all year long.


Eastern Light

gives a room sunny mornings but muted
middays. The
afternoon offers no direct light. Use a mix of warms and cools to balance
out the daylight.


Western Light

features afternoon and evening sun. Use neutrals in this
room. Using warm colors will overpower the room in the afternoon.

Being aware of how natural light affects your décor will help you make
better decisions about the color you use. But fact it! There is absolutely
no light in which avocado green looks good.

(Forgive me! Mine was a
childhood scared by attacks from renegade guacamole and avocado