Best Paint Colours for West-Facing Rooms


Best Paint Colours for West-Facing Rooms

Paint colours can cast differently depending on the lighting in the space. All light, especially natural light, will make an impact. Learn about rooms that get natural light from the west and the best paint colours to balance out 'wetern exposure' below.

North, east, south or west each deliver a different quality of light to a room, having a powerful effect on the intensity and cast of your paint colours. Some common characteristics of western light are:
  • West-facing room tends to get more indirect and somewhat muted light in the morning, and stronger direct light past noon.
  • The natural light in a room with western exposure tends to be a warmer cast.
  • Amber tones are common for light that comes from the west.
How can you balance the bright, warm light of western exposure? Consider warm and cool undertones when choosing a paint colour, and opt for cool-toned colours to even out the light.

Natural light will have the most impact on softer, more subtle paint colours like white, gray and neutral hues. Let’s take a look at the best colours within these colour families for west-facing rooms.
A variety of paints colours samples in different colours.

West-Facing Rooms: Increase Colour Confidence

It is important to test paint colours prior to purchase, and west-facing spaces are no exception. Your home’s unique lighting conditions, both artificial and natural light, will make the biggest impact on your paint colours. Make sure you observe your samples throughout the day and evening to cover all lighting impacts.

Purchase a colour sample from your local Benjamin Moore retailer. Choose from oversized colour swatches and brush-on paint colour samples. We recommend painting a foam poster board with your brush-on sample so you can easily observe colours in different lighting and on different walls.

Neutral living room with white walls and an off-white wall mantel, and a white circle coffee table in between two cream couches.

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