Hi Remodelaholics! It’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with my monthly paint color pick. If you missed my last post, you can find my Color Spotlight on a beautiful neutral called Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore here.
Today, I’m doing another Color Spotlight but I also wanted to use today’s color to talk to you guys a little about lighting and how it can impact a paint color.
Newburg Green from Benjamin Moore is one of those fun and beautiful accent colors. It’s becoming a very popular accent wall and furniture because it’s a near perfect rich teal color that just pops when painted next to white.
While Newburg is a great color, this is one of those colors that a little goes a long way, which is why it’s being used so much on just on accent walls or on a piece of furniture. That deep and rich teal color can instantly add depth and character to any space, especially like I mentioned with crisp white close by.
When you consider complex rich colors like Newburg Green, or other colors that have multiple undertones, lighting can become a big issue and greatly alter the color once it’s on the wall. I think we have all been there. We think we’ve picked out our ideal accent color and then it gets on the wall and we scratch our head because it’s not even close to the color on the card.
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Lighting can be either your best friend or worst enemy when it comes to picking out just the right color. Newburg Green is one of those colors that could greatly change depending on your lighting situation.
While testing and sampling a paint color on a large poster board is always the best way to start, you can quickly make decisions and eliminate colors by simply knowing that a lot of natural light will make a color lean cooler, and a lot of artificial light in a space will make a color lean warmer.
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If the space is a mix of natural and artificial light, you’ll want to consider it for sampling and paint a poster board to see exactly what it will do. In the case of Newburg Green, a lot of natural light will make this look blue, rather than teal and in spaces with very little natural and more artificial, Newburg will look green. In spaces with mixed lighting, chances are the color will be ideal and that rich teal color that we’re looking for and as seen in these beautiful spaces.
If you’re choosing a paint color for a bathroom or laundry room with no natural light (or very little), you’ll want to factor in that you’ll need to go a lot cooler in your color picks to offset the strong yellow warmth that the artificial light will cast on your walls.
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So, just to recap.., a lot of natural light will cause a color to lean cooler and a space dependent on artificial light will cast warmth on your color. In spaces where you have mixed light, you don’t have to worry as much.
Newburg Green is a gorgeous rich color to consider for an accent wall, a piece of furniture or even a ceiling. It’s a happy and beautiful color to for sure put on your radar.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you’re interested in seeing more of my color picks, you can find my list of the top 15 versatile and dependable paint colors on my blog here. You can also find me on Pinterest where I have many different boards dedicated to gorgeous paint colors here.
Cyndy is a color expert who has transitioned from the fashion world to the design world by helping others choose just the right paint colors for their homes. Cyndy takes the guesswork out of choosing paint colors and has been sharing her tips and paint color palettes with her readers for more than four years on her blog The Creativity Exchange.
Cyndy lives in East Texas and is an artist working with designers to create commissioned paintings that enhance the color and design of a space.