Quintessential Light and Color.. how color changes in a room.
When every wall in a room is painted the same shade of gray, the differences caused by the angles and placement in the room change the way the color translates. Color also looks different under different circumstances: The day progresses and the natural light in the room changes, seasons change, a couple of candles at night or all recessed lighting on full blast changes the appearance. It is worth the expense to paint samples on multiple walls before you commit to a color. I always suggest a patch 3’x3′ to test prior to making your commitment. The lighting in the room should be finalized too — don’t look at samples with temporary bulbs hanging from pigtail lamp holders. And be sure to always check the color at different times during the day and evening lights…warm up a room’s color: Look for a bulb with a temperature close to 2,700 Kelvin. Halogens are a good choice, but all types of bulbs are available in warmer ratings.To cool down a room’s color: Look for a bulb with a temperature close to 4,000 Kelvin. Standard fluorescents will generally cool down a room, but check the numbers.
To most accurately replicate natural daylight: Midday sunlight is around 5,000 to 6,000 Kelvin, but keep in mind that this is very cool light — contrary to what you might expect.
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