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Lightingand Colour

The colour you choose for your walls and floors can have a big impact on the quality of light in your home. What's more, the type of light in your home, both created and natural, can determine whether your chosen colours look exactly as you hoped or... not so much.

The colours of your walls, carpet, upholstery or any other accessory not only interact with the light, they also change as the natural light shifts over the course of the day. Turning on your overhead lighting or lamps can create an additional effect. Keep in mind that the dyes and pigments that are used in home furnishings don't always change in the same manner as those in wall paint, as the dyes are produced differently. Ultimately, your challenge is to select colours that continue to be compatible with one another as they change. Sound daunting? Don't worry - these simple tips can help you navigate your choices:

  1. Look at your collection of finishes together.
  2. Look at your paint chips, a piece of your carpet and your fabrics side by side.
  3. Look at all of the above next to the windows on a bright day and on a grey day.
  4. Lastly, look at them under artificial lighting, both during daylight and nighttime.

If the colours remain compatible and there are no weird surprises, you are good to go.

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