Best Paint Colours for South-Facing Rooms


Best Paint Colours for South-Facing Rooms

There are many factors that contribute to the way a colour appears in a space. Both the amount of natural light, as well as the direction the light is coming from, will determine the cast of your paint colour.

If you have a south-facing room, known as southern exposure, consider the following paint colours and tips to help you find the best hues for your space.

Lighting from the north, east, south or west—each has characteristics that influence the cast and colour of paint. Common features of southern exposure natural light are:
  • A south-facing room tends to get consistent natural light throughout the day.
  • Natural light in a room with southern exposure tends to be strong.
  • Lighting often casts a warmer tone in a room with southern exposure.
The warm, natural light of a south-facing room provides an energizing, happy aura for your spaces. Select paint colours with a lower brightness and the right balance of warm and cool undertones.

Let’s take a look at the ever-popular white, gray and neutral paint colour families, all subtle hues that are most affected by natural light.
A variety of paints colours samples in different colours.

South-Facing Rooms: Increase Colour Confidence

Get the right colour sample for you from your local Benjamin Moore retailer.

Choose from oversized colour swatches, Peel-&-Stick samples or brush-on paint colour samples. We recommend painting a foam poster board with your brush-on paint colour samples to observe colours in different rooms and lighting, both natural and artificial. Watch as your home’s unique lighting conditions change throughout the day and evening, depending on artificial and natural light.