Check Paint Under Various Brightness Conditions
At bathroomgurureview we examine every aspect of the bath design and creation process. For those of you that hate not getting the results that you hoped for, this is for you. One area that we find homeowners naively overlook is how color and light affects the overall look and feel of their washroom.
We have received several emails from frustrated home remodelers complaining about how differently their lavatory looks from when they originally chose their paint color at their local home improvement store. While this sucks and repainting your washroom is not that hard, this problem could have been easily avoided.
From natural light to your choice of artificial lighting bulbs, it is imperative to know ahead of time that a specific paint color that looked great under the fluorescent lights of a bath showroom or local renovation store will look completely different under the tungsten bulbs in your home bathing space.
One way to overcome this disparity is to bring home a paint sample so you can view it under the lighting conditions in your lavatory before you commit to any specific paint color. If you are lucky some home improvement facilities have a staging area where you can actually view the paint samples under different lighting conditions so you don’t make this newbie mistake.
Coming up With a Luminosity Plan That Works
Needless to say, one of the most challenging facets of choosing a timeless paint color that is right for your bathing facility is knowing how that hue will behave under different lighting conditions. To assist you in figuring this out and avoid the “what the heck happened, ugly bathroom syndrome”, we will examine how different light bulb choices can make or break your bath design choices.
Whether you use tungsten, spotlights, fluorescent, or halogen illumination in your restroom, you can still come up with a luminosity solution that is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. Professional interior decorators know that even subtle changes in the quality and brightness level in our baths can readily alter the way we perceive the colors around us.
The first step in understanding how color and light work together in your interior space is to look at how different bulbs resonate: Tungsten bulbs produce a slightly yellowish hue over everything. This can make blues appear green and white walls appear tainted. Halogen, as well as spotlights produces a white radiance however halogens are much more cost effective than spotlights.
Exploring Illumination Solutions
Fluorescent bulbs normally produce a flat, cold light giving your bathroom decor a bluish tinge but thanks to modern technology you can also get these bulbs with full spectrum lighting that actually mimics daylight. The other good thing about fluorescent bulbs is that they are also great for saving energy.
If you are fortunate enough to take a paint sample home, make sure you examine the swatches in natural rays of sunshine as well as different times of the day to get a feel of how the color interacts with your home environment.
You will be surprised to find that some colors you thought were perfect might actually seem gloomy under diverse lighting conditions making your grooming area quite uninviting.
Your main concern however is how the color changes in the iridescence of different types of artificial light since we mainly use our bathrooms in the early morning and late at night when natural brightness levels is not an option.
Remember that pools of luminosity produced by directional spotlights have a tendency of creating a gentler mood than a single light source. Tungsten lights cast subtler shadows than the harsher light of fluorescent bulbs.
Improve Upon the Visibility of Your Environment
The interaction of color and light in your bathroom can be used to your advantage when coming up with a color scheme for your restroom. In less than perfect conditions you can pick room colors that can actually appear to alter and improve your current lighting conditions.
For example if your restroom is facing north and it appears to be cold and dingy, painting the room with warmer colors would improve the light quality and mood of your powder room instantly. And while candle light may not be practical for ordinary everyday use, candle’s glowing light is perfect for those relaxing evenings.
For those of you who have asked, “How can I make my color and lighting choices easier for my washroom!” this is definitely a step in the right direction. By knowing how different lighting will affect your restroom color choices, you are now able to choose a colorization scheme to take full advantage of the present lighting situation in your bathing area .