Artificial Appearances

Feb 3, 2014

Have you ever tried to take a picture inside without the flash on, on your camera and it turned out unnaturally yellow or blue? That is due to the hue of light that the lightbulbs in the room are giving off. Luckily, cameras have an adjustment called white balance that you can use to correct the problem, but unfortunately, we don’t have the same convenience when trying to correct for the appearance of color on our walls. Just like it does in your photo, the hue of light that is given off in a room will affect the way that you perceive the color of the walls. Three Brothers Painting explains the effects that artificial lights have on interior house paint colors. 


These are the common type of light bulbs that almost everyone uses. They give off a yellow or amber hue that can make warm colors like red, yellow, or orange appear more intense. The same light will make blue and green hues appear a bit dull. CFL Lightbulb


If you’re energy conscious, you may have made the move to all CFL lightbulbs to reduce energy usage in your home. Making the switch also means that you’ve completely changed how you perceive the color of your walls. Standard fluorescent lights offer a cool, slightly blue light. If your home is already painted with cool greens and blues, this has worked in your favor.


Very few people use halogen lights in their home, but if you are one of them, you don’t have as much of an issue with color distortion. Halogen lights are the closest to replicating natural light.

So, what are the lights in your home doing to your perception of color? Next week, in the final chapter of how lighting effects the appearance of the interior paint colors of your Woodstock, GA home, learn about paint finish and what it can do to the appearance of your walls.

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