Colour is simply visible wavelengths of light, so the quality of light in which a colour is seen affects it more than anything else. In the winter months, we rely on artificial lighting more than ever, so it’s important to know which colours work best in each room, and how they interact with your lighting. The Dulux team shares words of wisdom for getting colour and light right this season.
Bedrooms need the lowest levels of artificial lighting, and it’s here that the dark works in our favor for restful nights. Dusky shades like Denim Drift, Heart Wood and West Coast Grey are soft and gentle, turning down the visual noise, while a deep, rich blue like Rich Navy creates the effect of a summer night.
The kitchen should be a visual feast in winter, when meals often take place when it’s dark outside. Overhead and LED lighting make cool, pale shades look washed out, so intensify the palette with hues such as Red Letter Day, Sandringham and Progressive Taupe. Think rich, warm and spicy.
When it’s cold outside, it’s good to make it look and feel warm inside – particularly in the smallest rooms we use every day. Bathrooms suffer most from the winter blues if the colours and lighting are too harsh, so try softer downlights and muted shades like Crystal, Your Sanctuary and Egyptian Cotton on the walls and ceiling, with bright pops of colour in accessories. Deeper, richer shades, such as West Coast Grey and Heart Wood, create more grown-up, intimate spaces – perfect for the chillier months when a Nordic plunge pool is not your idea of bathtime relaxation!