The color on the tin said Ocean Blue, but when you get it onto your bathroom walls it is more like Ocean Bleurgh. So, what can you do?

Although there will always be some colors that do not do what they say on the tin, a lot of the problem is actually down to the lighting in your room.

Say you were hoping for a shade that was reminiscent of ocean waves, but when it’s under your strip lighting, it is more isolation cell than a beach hut. This is a classic example of the effects of lighting on a color scheme. And it is something that anyone undertaking house painting should take note of.

Residential Painting Tips

According to interior designers, the type of bulb you put in your room – and its positioning – is probably the most important decision you will make.  And it is definitely something that should be factored into the house painting professional cost.

And of course, it is not just the artificial lighting. Then there is the other question – the natural lighting.

See, the reason that Ocean Blue didn’t work so well is because your bathroom is a tiny, dingy hole with almost no natural light. And if the only lighting coming from overhead is the non-ambient, strip lighting variety then your chances of achieving equilibrium are non-existent.

And when you are planning your color scheme, it pays to make sure you see what it will look like under the actual lighting you have, not the scenario you wish you had in your dreams. When trying out a match pot, it is important to test it in the room you want it to be, not down the side of the cooker in a dusty corner – you need to see it in its actual environment.

Residential painting that match with house lighting

Then, you have to be prepared for the fact that there will be (at least) two different colors at any given time – the color it is under sunlight, and the color it becomes under artificial lighting. And these can be two very different things.

A painters’ guide….


Sunlight will cast a spell on your wall color and will constantly change as the angle and brightness of daylight waxes and wanes.

Considerations such as the size and positioning of the windows should be considered by painters, as well the direction of the room itself.

In general stick to these tips for:


A west facing room is at its most beautiful in the evening, as the sun sets. This will bring out the warmth in your colored walls.


Rooms which point east have creamy warm tones before midday and then will gradually turn colder later on. We recommend orange, russets, and yellows for these spaces


A south facing room should already be bright, so this is a space which can safely be painted cool or sultry colors if you wish. Light shades will glow beautifully.


A north facing room is already at a disadvantage. It is more likely to be cold and so painting it blue might only aggravate that. We prefer bright, warm colors to bring some heat to a north facing room and to avoid paler tones which may look washed out.

And those light bulbs?

Different style of lighting will exaggerate or flatter some colors better than others.


The advantage of LEDs is that you can buy bulbs which change the color and shade at the click of a switch. You can also get bulbs which work better with warm or cool tones, so it pays to get creative and research this before choosing a color.


If you can still find them, then the warm tones of a traditional incandescent bulb will bring to life the more vivid shades of red and orange, whilst stripping back on the greens and blues.


If your room has fluorescent lighting this space will work best with green and blue shades.


Halogens emit a very white light which serves to amplify color. We like this best when we want to preserve the sunlight effect on a room.

There is more about interior painting than simply the shade sample on the tin – always take care to match your lighting to your paintwork!