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The best colours for dark, north facing rooms

Discover the ideal colours for north-facing rooms to create a warm and inviting ambiance, especially in spaces with minimal natural light.

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Words by: My Bespoke Room

Colour can help bring sunshine into even the darkest rooms, but choosing whether to go bold and moody or neutral and light can be a difficult choice.

As Interior Designers, we’re here to shed some light on the topic and help you breathe life into your north facing room.

Choosing a shade for north facing rooms

When decorating a dark room, you've got two paths: brighten things up or cosy up with darker tones.

For a light and airy vibe, opt for shades with undertones like creamy whites or soft beiges to keep the space feeling warm and inviting.

If you’re feeling a little bold, dive into deeper hues like moody blues or forest greens to enhance the room's cosy atmosphere.

To amp up the light factor, strategically place mirrors to bounce light around, creating an illusion of more space and radiance.

Injecting brightness with light colours

As Interior Designers, we often suggest using lighter shades in task rooms, such as home offices or kitchens, as it will help motivate you and boost your mood.

This dusky, blush pink tone is perfect for a darker room as the lightness helps to create an airy feeling, while the warmth of the pink doesn't leave the room feeling too clinical.

Pink is a great colour for the home as it’s super calming while creating a stylish and chic look.

Pairing with shades like neutral grey, navy and gold hardware will create an elegant room that will stand the test of time.

If you’re the proud owner of a period home, you may be all too familiar with the awkward middle room that always struggles for light.

The off white shade above has a slight warm-yellow undertone which helped to bring brightness to this home office.

Pairing with the natural and rich shades of the wood cabinets, the colour helps to create a comforting environment whilst still being bright and motivating.

Paint hacks are a great way to make your north facing room feel brighter.

Even though the main colour in this room is a light white shade, which helps to bounce around light, the start of the show is the mint green painted ceiling.

This natural colour brings a fresh feel into the room while helping to distribute the natural light.

By painting the ceiling in your dark room, you can create a sense of openness, which will counteract the naturally darker ambiance of north facing rooms.

Embracing a cosy feel with moody shades

At My Bespoke Room, we love pushing past interior norms, and even though fighting the light may feel right, sometimes we just like to embrace it.

By going for a moodier shade in a north facing room, you can create a cosy feel that almost feels like a warm hug every time you enter.

We do suggest thinking about the purpose of the room, however, as these darker shades are best for relaxation spaces.

This bold blue shade creates the perfect mood for evening wind downs in the living room as a family.

Even though every inch of you may want to paint a small, dark, north facing space light, we challenge you to consider a dramatic shade instead.

By using this deep blue shade, we injected so much personality into a small space and made it feel warm and inviting rather than cold and sterile.

Pairing a moody shade with warm, ambient lighting, will help to create a beautifully cosy atmosphere that will make you never want to leave the space!

In this living room snug the earthy green shade helps to embody the darkness of the north facing room.

This colour is the perfect blend between energising and moody, so in peak lighting it creates a light and airy feel, but as the evening looms,the space becomes more cosy and welcoming.

This colour adds to the depth and richness of the space while having a dreamy calming effect.

Plus, the deep hue can also provide a sense of connection to nature, bringing the outdoors inside and making the room feel more alive.

Our expert Interior Designs will plan everything from layouts to furniture, and colour, allowing you to make the most of your space while having a house that truly feels like a home. Get in touch today. 

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