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Walls : Annapolis Gray HC-176. Ceiling : Moonlight White OC-125. Woodwork and panelling : Kendall Charcoal HC-166

Best paint colours for east-facing rooms


Natural light impacts the look of paint colours more than anything else. Season, time of day and the amount of light in a room will affect the cast of a paint colour in a space. 

North, south, east and west exposure spaces each have distinct lighting characteristics that change throughout the day and into the evening. 

Characteristics of eastern facing spaces are

  • More direct light in the morning, changing to muted, indirect light past noon. 
  • Natural light in a room with eastern exposure tends to be a cooler cast. 
  • Choosing a paint colour with the right amount of warm and cool undertones can bring balance to a room with eastern light. 
Here, we take a look at the best white, grey and neutral paint colours for your east-facing space.  These three colour families are homeowner favourites - and also the paint colours most impacted by the changes in natural light. 
Walls : Coastal Path AF-380. Woodwork and cabinets :  Paper Mache AF-25
Most Popular White Paint Colours for East Facing Rooms

A warm white paint colour is a good option for spaces that you use in the afternoon and evening and that tend to feel too dimly lit.  Warm whites will also off-set the cooler cast of eastern light in the morning and so is a good choice to keep walls feeling lively throughout the day.

These three "go-to" white paint colours provide varying levels of warm tones. 
Most Popular Grey Paint Colours for East Facing Rooms

The perfect grey for an east-facing space is a warm grey that balances the cooler tones of eastern light. A lighter warm grey shade will brighten things up and feel soft and airy.  A darker shade will make the room feel cosy and more intimate.  
Most Popular Neutral Paint Colours for East Facing Rooms

The varied lighting of an east-facing space gives you the ability to play with ambiance.  These neutral paint colours provide warm undertones that lighten shadowy afternoons. 
How time of day affects the light in your room

Lighting conditions vary hour by hour, day by day, depending on the direction the windows in a room face. This is particularly true in east-facing spaces. 
In the morning, east-facing spaces are flooded with bright direct light that is cooler in tone. 
As the sun progresses across the sky, natural light shifts to be warmer in tone but this light will become in-direct as the day progresses, meaning east-facing spaces feel more dull in the afternoon and evening.
Think about the time of day you want to use a space and whether you wish the space to feel bright or more cosy. 
For woodwork, consider Chantilly Lace OC-65, a clean pure white that plays well with the colours mentioned above and offers a bright contrast for an east-facing space. 
 
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