Choosing The Best Paint For Low-Light Areas

Q: What paint should I use for low-light areas? Is there a way to paint so that it naturally looks lighter?

A: A lack of natural light can be a problem in many homes. Whether it’s caused by your garden or some trees, or the lack of windows in your city apartment. Paintzen interior painters and color consultants can help you choose the right paint color to maximize the light in your space.

LRV – Choose bright, light-reflective paints

Most paint has a Light Reflective Value.

A Light Reflectance Value or LRV,  measures the total quantity of light reflected or absorbed by a surface, or the percent of light the paint color reflects. White will have a high LRV of 100 and black will have a low LRV of 0.

Paintzen’s professional house painters and color consultants will help you decide which color and its LRV is right for your space and for the amount of light you want.

White Paint Entryway - High LRV Color
Image from The Creativity Exchange.

If you are looking to bring sunshine into your life, have Paintzen’s interior painting service use a yellow to mimic the feeling of warm rays on your face. To brighten a dark space, our color consultants usually recommend a paler yellow. Inquire today to see if a color like Joyful from PPG is right for you.

Yellow Paint Bathroom with High LRV Color
Image from Houzz.

Bold colors can also brighten a room if you’re going for an energetic, dramatic look. As this article on Apartment Therapy notes, rich, warm colors can absorb shadows in dim rooms and help them seem cozier. If you like how this deep teal kitchen looks, our Paintzen house painters can paint your kitchen and cabinets.

Teal Green Paint in Kitchen with Low LRV Color
Rich color can work well in dark rooms. Image from Apartment Therapy.

Pay attention to finish

Our professional interior painters can also make recommendations on what kind of finish should be used in your space, as some finishes absorb more light and others will reflect too much light and can draw attention to dings in the wall.

Want the perfect paint for your home’s low-light areas?

Talk with one of our color consultants today and see what Paintzen can do to lighten up your space with a new coat of paint.