What Are the Best Colors for Rooms With a Northern Exposure?

North-facing rooms are cool. Not in that hipster sort of way, but in the way of light. The indirect sunlight keeps them feeling chilly, even on bright days. When choosing colors for these spaces, avoid those with gray, blue, green or lavender undertones, including stark white. In these tones, even a well-decorated room will look dingy and uninviting. So how do you make north-facing rooms appealing? Use warm colors to balance them out. Here are a few of the best paint colors for north facing rooms that you might consider using.

Magnolia Blossom

Pale Yellow Paint in Living Room - Best Paint Colors for North Facing Rooms
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PPG’s Magnolia Blossom is an off-white with a buttery undertone. It makes a good neutral for north-facing rooms, giving the appearance of cream without the potential for dingy gray notes.

Cookie Dough

Neutral Paint in Country Bedroom - Best Paint Colors for North Facing Rooms
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The quintessential neutral, Cookie Dough is a warm tan almost the color of dried wheat. It glows in the sun and warms a shadowed room.

Rum Punch

Burnt Red Paint in Living Room - Best Paint Colors for North Facing Rooms
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For accent walls or rooms that need a strong burst of color, try Rum Punch. This vibrant tone is a true, deep red. But like red lipstick, remember: a little goes a long way.

Picking colors for north-facing rooms doesn’t have to be tough. Just remember: go warm. Avoid gray, green or lavender undertones and your room will be welcoming and warm, no matter the weather.

If you like what you see here and you’d like help brightening a north-facing room in your own home, call our experienced residential painters today.