(2) Would Creamy in it’s darkened version shed an undertone in NW exposure, and if so, what would it be? ABSO-TOOTLY. For the lower cabinet, I’ll test a soft, duck-eggy blue semigloss. For example, here’s BM Steel Wool (LRV 19.4) in our entryway (north-facing with pretty good natural lighting). I can’t remember). (It’s ok, think positive!) ), The 4 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams. I was driving all of the clutter around while they were in the house! BUT (a big one), ALL of the above changes at night time. We have steel wool in our little bath and it’s so great! Thanks for your blogs. Would BMist darkened by 25 percent be quite similar to CWood. My educated guess (without scientific proof) is that if a colour has an LRV of 65, you can expect it to reflect approx. And this is ALSO why you need to do large samples so you can give a colour the chance to work it’s magic! If I have a small ranch and need 1 color for the whole area what link would I go to for your help? I actually have an Edesign business that I’ve created for questions like yours! Lightening a paint colour by 25% seems to change its LRV approx. Black reacts more strongly to being lightened than a colour without black in it. 25% lighter/darker is for an ‘overall change’, not as a way to play with depths from wall-to-wall. We are doing BM Collingwood on our main floor but I was thinking of either going to Balboa Mist (I was told at BM that it’s the same as Collingwood only lighter) or actually lightening Collingwood in our front entrance area as there is very little natural light. And I’m not talking about the area that is COMPLETELY whited-out by an intense sunray, I’m talking about the wall space around it, where you can really see the navy blue of Hale Navy coming out – oh Hale yes. I have been laboring over a new paint color decision for our living room, which lacks natural light. What I’m saying is that you have to be patient and know that things will shift. OK. NOW I see. Well, I’ve seen it in action literally THOUSANDS of times now and I think I’ve finally figured it out. I’m just not sure how they translates on the wall…, So, 4 points would make a difference – a subtle difference, but when you’re tweaking things it can be just the right touch! It is impossible to cleanly change paint colors on rounded walls. Darkening a paint colour by 50% seems to change it’s LRV approx. And yes, I do consult from photos. I asked you a longer question but basically if your house were on the market would you leave the steel wool as is? You know, as long as Steel Wool SUITS your bathroom (if it was the right choice for the tile/countertop/etc…) then I would ABSOLUTELY leave it – totally! The MASSIVE variable is that it can not only vary depending on HOW MUCH light it gets, but also the temperature of the light and source. Check out my E-design and Online Color Consulting Packages! That greige that leaned more beige, might lean a bit more gray. I’ve acquired an RV which will require some renovation (still in progress), and as RV’s are notoriously compact, I decided on a mostly-white scheme to visually expand the tiny space and, hopefully, visually cool it as well. Anyways, the look of your natural light (especially east/west/south) will shift throughout the day, which means that your wall that was DAY-GLO in the morning, could look perfect in the afternoon. Don’t ever do that if you are reading this! No, ma’am. My husband’s company is not doing well and we may have to move. Interior lighting. OR maybe you say, ‘Kylie told me this was a great colour for me, but it seems too dark, is she drinking again?‘ And then you start painting and you see that on a LARGER scale, the colour has some darned interesting undertones. The surfaces are consequently very dark and can get very hot. I think I’ll buy the exterior package for your help. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Let’s focus on ‘lightening’ for the sake of explanation. Look at the above photo of the wine bar painted SW Cyberspace (LRV of 6). Is there an LRV that you would recommend for a room with NO natural light — only two recessed lights in the ceiling? Blues tend to be hard to know how the LRV interacts with North and South facing rooms. Now that I have (thanks to you), the heat is off. As for the undertones, it’s hard to say as that area is south facing, compared to the north facing area that I have Creamy in (where it isn’t darkened). ANYWHO- what level contrast do you like to see between walls and trim or cabinet and trim? Ha! Where did you get your sign in the kitchen that says ” This is our happy place”? Thank you for visiting my paint colour blog, I'm glad you're here! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If not, hop back and read my original LRV blog post to tighten up your knowledge a bit more. There is a lot of discussion about how north facing and south facing affect LRV. Well if it were me and I were choosing between Collingwood and Balboa Mist, I’d land on Collingwood as it doesn’t have quite the feminine undertone. My struggle is going down our hallway and our family room. We totally dig the Brewster Gray you helped us with for the kitchen. The above doors are BM Revere Pewter 50% darker, BUT, this is where it gets a bit trickier…. You might also see a subtle shift in undertones, but you’ll still be working with the bones of the original colour. We are actually considering Revere pewter for our main floor, our home has dover white trim, doors and cabinets and its one of the only grays I have found that doesn’t make it look drab. Now curious if I should paint the ceiling and trim white or an off-white or something else? Black has a light reflectance value of 0% and absorbs all light. For MY personal use, I use the LRV to determine the ‘general depth I can expect a paint colour to look in a room with an adequate amount of light – not dark, not obscenely bright’. i.e. Thanks! But just LOOK at the glory of it on the right! but I’ve run out of time …crappers. LRV Reference Guide APCO Color Chart Light Reflectancy Values This information is provided for your use in determining the contrast between two colors that normally constitute the graphic image and the background of a sign. The approximate light reflectance value (LRV) of a colour indicates the amount of visible light that a colour will reflect. On those samples, there isn’t enough surface area for LRV to work it’s magic, however on the large scale, there is a bigger surface to gather light and then reflect it back – even if it’s a small amount. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy has a super low LRV of 6.3, so you’d naturally assume that it would absorb a heck of a lot of light. Very informational. 60, the LRV really starts to play a part in how a room can look lighter as long as you have adequate lighting. Other colors may be included. Before, I couldn’t really see how to apply your excellent information to white paint. I live in a new development and the builder paints every interior SW Kilm beige so I avoid even revere pewter as an over reaction which could be lovely. And btw, if you HAVEN’T read my first article on LRV, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO. And yes, I do think it’s funny that our sun directions are reversed, I always have to remember that! Your email address will not be published. I’ll match the upper kitchen cabinets to the trim color. Hello! 64. Why? BECAUSE IT’S REFLECTING GLORIOUS LIGHT! I may be a wee bit biased having a ginger-headed daughter ! It has depth and interest and maybe isn’t AS dark/plain as you thought it would be. Thanks ! It’s about figuring out what time of day you spend the MOST time in the room and focus your efforts a bit more on that. However, in my never-ending goal of being a non-scientific colour nerd, I have figured out a few more things about this crazy thing called LRV. I wanted a bit more richness and depth out of it in the dining/kitchen, so I went that 25% darker to give it more body without changing too much of the ‘colour’. I too have been struggling with Collingwood vs Balboa Mist for my open concept main floor with North, West, and East exposures and 10 foot ceilings and oodles of natural light. 64 (like Edgecomb Gray), you can expect 50% to take it somewhere around 74-ish (math is not my strong-point). The scale is 0-100 with colors that have a LRV between 0-50 absorbing more light than they reflect, and colors 50-100 reflecting more light. With the hallway how much do you suggest lighting just so its not too dark? I try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog posts and if that doesn’t work, it might be time for a closer look, this way I can see your particular lighting, layout, flooring, etc…otherwise I’m totally guessing!

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