Do It Youself Painting Tips: Choosing Paint That Won't Fade In A Sunny Room

Choose a paint color with UV protection for a sunny room, and a cool color that looks good in sunlight.

When choosing a paint color for a sunny room, be certain the paint itself offers a UV protection coating. Generally today, this is available in the best quality paints. Be sure to ask the paint personnel before purchasing; this UV protection will resist fading in sunlight. Today paints are built to last. If in doubt, lighter colors absorb less light and therefore will resist fading longer than darker colors. The typical paint color will not fade for about three to four years.

The color itself is important in every room, not just sunny rooms. Color evokes strong emotional reactions in everyone. It's important to know the emotions a color typically evokes before choosing a paint color. The school of thought regarding the psychology of color divides color into two main categories: warm and cool. The red, orange and yellow color families fall into the former; they are warm colors. When viewed, people think of warm or hot things like flames and sunshine. The cool colors on the other hand include blue, green and violet. When seeing these colors people think of pastoral settings such as oceans. They bring out a sense of peace and relaxation.

It's important to understand this differentiation because in some rooms warm colors work better than cool colors. Generally speaking, cool colors are a better choice for sunny rooms with southern exposures while warm colors will be best in rooms with northern exposures. The colors will make the room feel cozier and warmer with little natural sunlight. More specific color information is listed below.



Red - a powerful color that brings out feelings of passion, energy and sexuality. Many restaurants use this color in their interior as it stimulates appetites. Avoid red in the bedroom as it is difficult to relax when surrounded by this color.

Orange - a friendly and inviting color that is good in children's rooms. It's also a good fit for living rooms and family rooms. Avoid this color in sunny rooms as it makes the area seem even warmer.

Yellow - a good choice for poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. People who live in yellow rooms say they are happier than people who live in rooms of other colors. Choose the tone carefully however as bright yellows can agitate the elderly and infants/toddlers. This color should also be avoided in sunny rooms as it can be overpowering.

Blue - brings out feelings of peace and solace. It's a perfect color for both adults and children. Avoid using this color in the dining room as it is an appetite suppressant. Keep in mind that pale and pastel blues will make a room seem larger and give it more light. This color is a popular choice for bedrooms.

Green - relaxes and calms pyschologically. It is a dominant color in nature so the human eye is accustomed to it and welcomes it. Green can be used in many parts of a home, depending on the intensity of the color. Light greens are best used in living rooms; mid-tones of green work well in the kitchen and dining room as they make people think of eating.

Violet - Children like this color so it can be painted in their playrooms or bedrooms. Adults typically only respond well to some shades of violet in the rose family.

Most people like to use multiple colors in a room. The key to presenting a successful color scheme is balance. Use no more than two to three principal colors when decorating/painting a room. Most pastels can be used in conjunction in a room as they are all pure colors toned down with white. White is the common element in pastels and unifies them well.

Whether the room is sunny or shady, the most important aspect of choosing paint for a room is learning about colors and the desired feel of the room. It's also pertinent to know the personal likes and dislikes of those using the room before deciding on a color. Be sure if your room is sunny, look for a lighter color with UV resistance built in to resist fading.

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