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How Light Impacts Your Paint Color

Jun 25, 2020 | Household Tips

When you are selecting a paint color for your home, you should always consider all of the lighting conditions that are presented in the specific area you are wanting to paint.



Both artificial and natural light sources can impact the color of your paint. As natural light moves and changes throughout the day in your home, the temperature of the light changes which can cause the color of your paint to be perceived differently. Whatever color you choose will look different in the morning than in the evening. Before painting any part of your house, it’s important that you test your color choice to see if it’s the right fit. To test your color, follow these steps:


    1. Purchase a small paint sample from us and take a poster board, or similar size object, and paint it with your sample. Place the sample in the room or area you plan to paint.
    2. Then, move it around the room throughout the day as the light changes. This will show you how the paint will appear under different lighting conditions for each wall.


It’s easy to get discouraged when the color you thought was the right choice turns out to be too light or too dark for a room, but with thousands of choices available from Benjamin Moore and other paint brands, we can surely help you find the right one.

For more tips on paint and how light impacts color, you can visit BenjaminMoore.com 

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