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The 9 Best Benjamin Moore Paint Colours for a North Facing / Northern Exposure Room

Posted on January 23, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

 

The 9 Top Paint Colours for a North Facing Room

Have you ever walked into a room and gotten the chills? Even a room that’s well-decorated can look cold and uninviting if the exposure has been ignored, which happens ALL the time – and I’m here to put a stop to it.

North facing room that feels cold and uninviting

A north-facing or northern exposure room will not get any direct warm sunlight throughout the day, which means that it won’t benefit from the visual warmth that natural sunlight offers.

The Two Types of North-Facing Light

1. NORTH-FACING ROOMS WITH LOW NATURAL LIGHT

North-facing rooms with low light most often have windows that are small. However, the low light can also be caused by an overhang/patio above the window, close neighbour or dense landscaping that blocks the natural light from coming in.

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North-facing rooms naturally have a grayish light with a subtle blue cast. A north-facing room without much natural light can suffer not only from being more shadowed but by having to deal with the gray undertone of the natural light that is offered – giving the room a more shaded and cold look. And be sure not to confuse ‘shadows’ (which need sunlight) with shaded – shaded means grayed-out.

2. NORTH-FACING ROOMS WITH A LOT OF NATURAL LIGHT

Bright north-facing rooms tend to have large or multiple windows with no patio/landscaping blocking the flow of the natural light. But beware, just because these rooms are ‘bright’ doesn’t mean they’re warm looking.

This next photo shows a room with a pretty warmth – but that’s courtesy of the light bulbs, not the exposure! Look at the room to the right of it and you’ll see the cool cast of the natural, northern light coming in.

Open layout kitchen, dining room, living room, warm grays and greige. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Brittanica Warm quartz countertop, shiplap (2)

A north-facing room with A LOT of natural light will have the same grayish cast, but will at least have the support of ‘light’ to counteract the gray cast and brighten things up. However, the natural light itself can slightly wash out (gray out) some paint colours due to the colour of the light, while slightly enhancing cool tones such as blue, green and purple.

You can also have a north-east facing room or a north-west facing room (seriously, it never ends). These rooms are ninjas and can change their look throughout the day as the sun shifts from east-west.

Sherwin Williams Antique White, north facing foyer, Sherwin Alabaster white wainscoting, dark wood flooring and some trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: How to Pick Colours for Rooms With 2 Exposures

Northern light can wash-out some paint colours

To counteract that cold, gray exposure, Designers often use warm paint colours as they create balance in the visual temperature of the room. While cool colours can be great accents, generally speaking, too many cool tones can double the effect of the already cold exposure and won’t add any balance or warmth.

Warm colours will help create balance in a north-facing room

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, best off-white paint colour. Bathroom with Quartz Cambria Wellington, free-standing white tub. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

The best paint colours for a north facing or northern exposure room. Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, edecor and virtual online paint colour advice blogger

The Best Paint Colours for a North Facing Room

1. Benjamin Moore Navajo White OC-95

Navajo White is a light, warm cream paint colour. Cream is a yellow paint colour with a neutral base added to calm it down. Northern light can ‘calm down’ the degree of yellow in a cream paint colour, while the remaining yellow can help to counteract the northern light a bit and that’s EXACTLY what would happen with Navajo White!

moore navajo white with entryway decor ideas including large overside metal clock and black armoire for storage

  • Navajo White will wash-out a bit on a really well-lit wall (as shown in the above photo), but hold itself really well in average light. In a darker room, it will add warmth but will need some artificial light to come to life
  • The LRV of Navajo White is 78, meaning it’s an off-white. Not sure what LRV is? You shouldn’t pick a paint colour WITHOUT it (read more HERE)!
  • In a south-facing room, expect Navajo White to look warmer/more yellow than it does above

2. Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream OC 96

Gentle Cream is rich enough to add some warmth to your space without weighing it down as it’s still in the light range of paint colours. The yellow-orange base of this heavy cream will help to balance out your cool northern light, without looking overly colourful on your walls.

Living room with south west facing exposure and rock fireplace with mantle. Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. Kylie M E-design

In a north-facing room, the undertones will be a bit less obvious than in a south-facing room and it’s more likely to settle like a warm, but neutral looking paint colour – keeping in mind the undertones/colour will come up a bit more once the sun goes down (Elton John style).

Family photo gallery wall beside the TV. Home Decor and Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream walls

  • The LRV of Gentle Cream is 71.0, putting Gentle Cream in the ‘light’ range (Read more about LRV)
  • Personally, I’ve used Gentle Cream in my home in north and south-facing rooms and LOVED it in both!

Read more: Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. 

3. Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 43

As shown in this beautiful farmhouse living room below, Lenox Tan is a rich golden beige paint colour, tempered by a neutral earthy-base which helps it come across more NEUTRAL vs golden.

Lenox Tan Benjamin Moore in farmhouse warm living room with brown leather couch and area rug. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Colour Consulting

Beige paint color Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, Kylie M INteriors E-design, paint color consulting. beige carpet

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  • One of the more striking warm colours on this page, Lenox Tan is also the heaviest with an LRV of 43. Great for a well-lit room and rich and cosy for a darker space
  • In the above living room, we lightened it by 25%, just to account for the fact that the room was north-facing and had a patio overhang outside blocking the light

4. Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC 83

While Grant Beige is one of the more popular warm tan paint colours, it’s very muted and subtle in its approach. It can be a great happy medium if you aren’t jazzed about the more golden approach of Lenox Tan or Gentle Cream but don’t want to dive into the greige end of things.

Best beige paint colour, Benjamin Moore Grant Beige. Staircase, wood and white. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice blog

Grant Beige can work in a WELL-LIT north-facing room as long as you aren’t looking for a TYPICAL warm look and crave some neutral action.

Home decor for a hunting home with farmhouse country style. Rustic chandelier and Grant Beige Benjamin Moore. By Paint Colour Consultant Kylie M Interiors - Copy

  • In the center of the above photo notice the hint of green. This shows you how susceptible some neutrals are to picking up reflections – that’s the green landscaping outside the window! That being said, Grant Beige CAN pick up a very vague green
  • Grant Beige is the most ‘modern’ colour on this page with its slightly cool tan look
  • With an LRV of 56.0, it will do well in a well-lit room, but in a dark room without enough artificial lighting, it might fall a bit flat

Read more: How to Make a Dark Room Look Brighter – And it Ain’t with Paint!

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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

5. Benjamin Moore Northampton Putty HC 89

Northampton Putty is a rich warm beige colour with a subtle golden-green undertone (it’s super wicked). It has enough warmth to offset some of those gray shadows without going overly colourful.

Benjamin Moore Northampton Putty in dining room. Best neutral paint color with green undertones. Kylie M interiors Edesign

The best paint colour for a north facing room. Benjamin Moore Northampton Putty

  • Northampton Putty has an LRV of 33, so it has a nice weight to it

6. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC 173

Edgecomb Gray is a beautiful blend of gray and beige with an almost creamy undertone. Along with Grant Beige, it’s another interesting option for those of you wanting a more neutral-greige look, but are afraid of your room looking cold.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, best greige neutral paint colour. Mantel decor, painted brick fireplace, leather chair. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting services

In a north-facing room, you CAN expect it to lean MORE to the gray side than the creamy beige, but it shouldn’t pick up the blue-green undertones that a lot of greiges can in a north-facing room.

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  • Edgecomb Gray has an LRV of 63, so it might be a stitch too dark and neutral for a north-facing room that isn’t well-lit, so make sure it’s light and bright!

And there are MANY other colours that I’d throw in a north-facing room – that’s just a small sampling to get you on the right track. However, you might have noticed that they are ALL warm colours. If you’re absolutely DETERMINED to paint your north-facing room a cool paint colour, here are a few I might humour…

7. Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC 147

While I generally shy away from cool colours in a north-facing room, I do love Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue and Woodlawn Blue.

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, best blue paint colour. Antique distressed dresser and decor. Kylie M INteriors E-decor and ONline Design, Colour expert

Why can Wythe and Woodlawn work where other cool colours fail? Wythe is a beautiful blend of blue-green-gray (pretty balanced). Woodlawn Blue is a blue-gray with a wink of green in it. And even though blue and green are BOTH traditionally cool colours, when you add green to blue – it can look warmer and softer! So, schlong story short, if I were to pick a blue for a north-facing room, I would pick a blue with green in it.

Read more: The 8 Best Blue Green Paint Colours

Read more: The 2 Types of Blue Paint Colours and How to Use Them

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, best blue paint colour. Guest bedroom. antique furniture. Kylie M Interiors E-decor, design and ONline Colour Consulting services

  • These colours will be at their best in a north-facing room with ample or at least moderate natural light
  • Any cool colour in a north-facing room will need to be supplemented with warm wood tones and texture

8. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172

You can also take a look at Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which is a WARM colour, but definitely the most ‘gray’ on this page.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, master bedroom, reclaimed wood headboard, chandelier. Pink rose accents. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting, decorating blog

Revere Pewter is a light warm gray with an earthy green undertone. In a south-facing room, it is more inclined to lean into its warmth. However, in a north-facing room, it’s more likely to lean back into gray a bit and the odd time can pick up the other cool gray undertones.

Revere Pewter in living room with muddy undertones. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint consulting. Client before photo

  • Revere Pewter has an LRV of 55.1, so it’s really closer to the light-medium range as it has a good body to it. For this reason, I would be more inclined to use it in a reasonably well-lit north-facing room vs a dark one

9. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs 1587

Gibraltar Cliffs is one of my favourite paint colours. However, it is a bit better as a FEATURE wall, rather than an overall wall colour unless you want the cold-on-cold look.

Paint colour palette including Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, Anonymous in powder room and Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Gibraltar Cliffs is on the right side of the photo, above the window

Not sure which colour is best for you?

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Do you have a north-east, north-west or north-south facing room? 

While it might seem confusing, having dual exposures aren’t that bad when you’re armed with the right info!  Check out this blog post on ‘how to pick paint colours when you have 2 exposures‘.

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Originally written in 2014, awesomely updated in 2019



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Comments

  1. Do you have paint color recommendations for finished basement rooms that get little to no light? I would love to see a post on this!

    1. Hi Cheri, I would have loved to, but it’s referred from another site! It looks to me like a polished marble – that would be my best, most accurate guess. A lot of people think marble is just a white/black thing, but it can come in some interesting colours!

      ~Kylie

  2. Val, I’d like to see a post on that also.. it’s why I found this site. I have a 12 x11 basement room with no windows and need ceiling and wall color advice.

      1. Yes, I appreciate it. Thanks! Not that I’m still torn and confused 🙂

        I am wondering if you have experimented with BM AF Honeymoon in a north-facing or low light room? Your verbal descriptions are always helpful. ( I try putting up samples in the rooms, in different areas,looking at different times, but honestly that just confuses me more.)

        I’m using a lot of Affinity Colors in my house, and have found each one to have a depth and richness that sometimes other paint choices I have made don’t have. I would love to see a post on Affinity colors, especially if you have experimented with putting them up in adjoining rooms.

        For what it’s worth, so far I’ve used, in order of rooms, Urban Nature (living room), Thunder (entry/hall) with Amsterdam front door, Azores (kitchen with lots of white and windows), Thunder with large Amsterdam accent wall (family room), Amulet plus a wall of Tranquility (Laundry Room), plus two bathrooms in Tranquility. Colors I’m eager to try are Buttered Yam, Honeymoon, and Atmospheric, among others. This is what I consider fun.

        Love your blog! Thanks

        1. Hey Val! I actually just did a post on Affinity Colours – covering some of the most popular grays and neutrals – do check it out! The reason why Affinity is so great is because most paint colours are made up of 3 or 4 ‘colours’ mixed together. Affinity colours often have as many as 8 colours in them, meaning that they have a lot more depth and interest – good for you for noticing it!
          https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/benjamin-moore-affinity-the-best-neutral-beige-gray-paint-colours/

          1. Thanks! I just painted my north-facing, dark bedroom Honeymoon and I love it. The previous owner had painted it light blue, which to me just sucked all the life out of it. The bedroom is now warm, rich, and cheery. Almost magically it looks great both in the daytime and at night.

  3. I can’t get Benjamin Moore paint in Brisbane. I’m wondering if I show Dulux the name and color code of B.M. , would I be able to get exactly same colour from Dulux? Will there be any some sought of different?

    1. Well, to colour match properly, paint companies need a colour chip or they need to have the colour/brand in their system. It can be tricky. If you are absolutely in love with the BM colour I’m quite sure they can mail you samples which you could then get colour matched into the brand you use!
      I hope that helps!
      ~Kylie

  4. Hi Kylie, I found your website through a google search and was automatically drawn to it by your love of Benjamin Moore paint colors! I have a northern exposure family room/kitchen. There is a separation between the two rooms created by a step down and a half wall. I don’t necessarily want to paint both rooms the same color. I have chosen Decatur Buff for the family room walls. I am leaning toward Antique Sage for the kitchen. I am also considering Pittsfield Buff I have Oak cabinets with orange undertones. What do you think of my choices given that I have a northern exposure? I get beautiful sunlight in the morning. Thanks so much for the great advice in your blog.

    1. Hi Janice, normally I refer questions to my Online Consulting page so I can give them some good thought and time, but here’s a quick bit of advice. Decatur and Pittsfield is more of a tone on tone look and will ‘blend more with your oak cabinets. The Antique Sage will make your cabinets ‘pop’ a bit more. So, if you are looking for a low contrast and warm on warm look then Pittsfield buff would work. If you like the idea of your cabinets ‘popping’a bit then the Antique Sage would really set them off. You might consider a slightly darker green or darkening Antique Sage as it’s not quite the same depth as Decatur and a darker more rich colour will sit better with it.

      Hope that helps!
      ~Kylie

  5. Thank you so much for this guidance! After years of living in bright spaces (think Florida, high-rises, etc.), we bought a place where two rooms face north. The beige paint colors in the rooms are all wrong, washed out and sickly. You’ve given me great guidance on finding a bolder warm wall color that will stand up and be noticed.

  6. Kylie,
    This has to be the most informative article on dealing with north exposure/low light rooms that I have seen!! Thanks so much. I have been going crazy trying to find the best color for my north exposure low light (sun room outside plus lots of trees) living room. I have a question– if I should go with a or yellow tone, won’t the trees reflect green and give the walls a blue hue? What do you recommend in that case?
    Thanks for any advice!
    Margaret

    1. Oh Margaret, I’m SO glad you found it helpful – I love getting comments like yours! As for the blue hue, yes you do want to be a ‘little’ bit careful and wouldn’t want a yellow that is too cool toned. As well, keep in mind the time of day you are in that room. If it’s a room that you are in only in the evenings then you might not need to worry at all!
      ~Kylie

  7. Awesome blog! My boyfriend and I are about to move into a second floor apartment in NYC that has very little light. My first thought was to paint all the walls white just to get some light in! I tried white colors and your color suggestions in the benjamin moore paint tester app and even in the app it made such a difference! I’m glad I found this post and am looking forward to trying these colors on our actual walls. Thanks!

  8. Gray is so fashionable right now! But I fear using it in a north-facing room. Is there such a thing as a warm gray suitable for northern light?

    1. Hi, yes you can definitely do gray in a north facing room! In our last home our bedroom was north facing and quite small. I painted it a variety of colours based on what I ‘should’ do and then I just threw caution to the wind and went all out with Chelsea Gray. The depth and richness of this gray actually made my space feel warmer and more intimate than it ever had! However, I appreciate the dark grays aren’t everybody’s thing. Now Edgecomb Gray is a softer gray (you could have it lightened by 1/4 or 1/2 if you want a lighter version of it. I also like Gray Mist for a gray look that isn’t too cold. I hope that helps, thanks for asking!
      ~Kylie

  9. Hi Kylie
    I’m still having problems with my northern rooms turning gray and murky even after I used BM’s Gentle Cream. I’ve had better success using the Linen White, but since I’m using the same throughout ( except bedrooms) I would need it a tad darker. So my question is could I darken The LW 10 -20% and still get the same effect?
    PS. Love your site!

    1. Yes, Linen White is also a very lovely warm colour! 10-20% is such a nice subtle tweak that it shouldn’t change too much, but will give it a wee bit more ‘oomph’. I’ve found that at 20%, those who don’t really ‘pay much attention’ don’t even notice the difference.

      Thanks for asking!

      ~Kylie

  10. North facing bedrooms are a hard sell when people want blue. Still haven’t found the perfect warm medium /deep blue people request. Navy goes too dark at night.

  11. I keep coming back to this article through obsessive pinterest searching. I have a North/Northwest facing living room with high ceilings and huge windows. It gets tons of light (mostly bouncing off the wall of the white house next door) but also has tons of shadows. Right now it is BM Mountain Peak White and looks perfectly sallow in the corners. 🙁 I feel like it picks up all the green coming in from the back yard as well so it is just a sickly, bland room. We also have a cream colored couch so it must be painted asap. The idea of going yellow/gold makes me want to cry but I fear a grey or blue, like my husband wants, will be depressing. Such a bummer. I’m at such a loss.

    1. Hi Jenny, yes, these rooms can be challenging! Okay, so I don’t want you to cry and normally I refer questions like yours to my Online Consulting so I can look at photos and spend some good time with things, however, to cheer you up, I want you to think about these…

      Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere. This is a green/blue blend with a good gray undertone. It will act like a neutral without being boring and flat. Now it is cool colours, but funny enough it’s not a COLD feeling colour as the green in it makes it more soft and pretty. When the direct natural light hits it, it might wash out a bit, but overall it could be pretty with the cream couch! I also considered SW Sea Salt for the same reasons as above, it just has a bit MORE colour and less gray so would be a bit less washed out. I am not a cold colour fan personally either, but these are 2 colours I could easily live with as they are ‘pretty’ not ‘icy’. I’ve found that colours like these, with the right amount of green feel not so cold and clinical

      BM Ballet White. This is an interesting colour and you’ll have to see how it jives with your cream couch. It is a lighter colour with a cream (yellow) base and a good dollop of greige (beige/gray) in it to stop if from being overly colourful. It might still be a bit too flat feeling for you, but it’s worth checking out!

      And if those don’t work, check out my Online Consulting. It’s $45 for a single room or $70 for an open layout and I can give you some answers based on photos/questionnaire/etc…

      Good luck!
      ~Kylie

  12. Thinking of using Gentle Cream in my entry way. It’s between Albescent and Gentle Cream. I’m going nuts trying to pick. My floor is a goldish tan and it’s making things a bit tough plus trying to coordinate with rooms off the entry( Richmond gold, Westminster gold and dried parsley). What do you think?

    1. Hi Lisa! If it were me, I’d probably lean slightly toward Albescent as I think it will flex nicely between your 2 other colours – mind you, it can depend on how the colours meet up (ie: if Westminster Gold meets Albescent on a corner or if Dried Parsley does or if BOTH do). So, I think Albescent is a safer bet to accommodate both.
      If that doesn’t help, you can always check out my Online Consulting. A 1 room colour consult is $45 and gives me the chance to look at photos and do a proper evaluation of your space 🙂 https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      Chat soon!
      ~Kylie

  13. Hi Kylie!
    Thank you for your posts. I have never had a problem picking out paint color in my life until our current home. 1910 Farmhouse in the midwest with original red oak wood trim everywhere. I love that trim I will never paint it. But our living room has posed the challenge 4 large windows and 1 small window all northern exposure 1 large window with west exposure all in the same room. All my first choices have been a bust but armed with your articles I will not give up on finding that perfect color! Thanks for all your help!
    Heather

  14. After struggling trying to find a color for our low lit north facing room I came across your blog. We painted our living room the gentle cream and the an accent wall split pea! We LOVE it and get so compliments on thr colors. Thanks so much for your recommendations!

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    1. Hi, sorry for the delayed reply – but THANK YOU for the mention! I was just going through my ‘pings’ and came across this – it is MUCH appreciated! And Grant Beige looks awesome – great choice!

  16. Hi! Thanks for the tips! I have a north facing wall in a large space and it faces the ocean. I have not been able to find the right color????. Any tips
    We tried a pink mauve and sone darker blues like turquoise and ended with a greige but its not working against the concrete floor.????

  17. Hi Kylie!

    I love all you suggestions. Wondering if you would consider doing a post about east and west facing rooms? I read on another site if you have a east facing room, paint like it’s north and if you have a west facing room, paint like it’s a south. However, this all depends on how you use the room. If you use it throughout the day, the suggestion was to mix warm and cool colours. What colours would you paint the walls then? Warm or cool?

    Thanks!

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  18. Kylie, I love reading through your posts. Would you say there is a comparable color in the Sherwin Williams line to the Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue and Wythe Blue? I have an east facing room with low natural light and am drawn towards the blue green tones. Thanks!

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      Hi Katie! You have to check out SW Quietude as it’s VERY similar to Wythe Blue! I might lighten it by 25% though if it’s a darker room, just to lift it a touch.
      SW Copen Blue is similar to Woodlawn, but not quite the same – same with Rainwashed. Copen and RAinwashed both have a wink more green in them than Woodlawn.
      Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you very much Kylie! I’m also now considering Tradewind after watching your color review video as you mention it has a touch less green in it than Rainwashed. It sounds like I can’t go wrong with either color!

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      2. All this information is so valuable to me since the living room and master bedroom in our new home will face north to take advantage of a lake view.

        How about Palladian Blue in a north facing bedroom?

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          Hi Nancy, Palladian is gorgeous, but it will be quite coooool feeling in a north facing room. If you’re a fan of cool colours/looks it would be lovely!

          1. Thank you for your reply! I only just now saw it, which is good since I have to choose my paint colors soon. Would Palladian be cooler feeling than Woodlawn in a north facing room?

  19. Thank you for this article! I love the idea of Navajo white in my north-facing kitchen. But, will it work with cabinets painted with BM Pashmina or should I try another neutral?

  20. I would love to see a post with color recommendations for northeast facing bedrooms. Both of our smaller bedrooms are in the front of the house and face this direction. I painted one of the rooms Sleepy Blue (SW) and it looks great. I’d like to paint the other room a blue/green color. I’m finding that any blue/green color I pick looks exactly like the Sleepy Blue color. How can I get a good contrast without going to cold in color?

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      Hi Tara! You might find some of what you’re looking for in this blog post here… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/how-to-choose-paint-colours-for-a-room-with-2-exposures/ I also have a lovely one on the Best Blue/Green Paint Colours… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/8-most-popular-blue-green-paint-colours-mix-sherwin-williams-and-benjamin-moore/

      Hope that helps in your search! If you’d like some one-on-one help, I do have a fun E-design service, where I hand-pick 3 fabulous colours for you and your room! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  21. I love reading your blogs! You’re so helpful in guiding us amateurs. You’ve recommended all Benjamin Moore colors in this article. What recommendations do you have for north/northwest facing rooms in Sherwin Williams colors? Thank you.

  22. Kylie, I’ve been struggling to pick a color for my north facing living room since I moved in two years ago. I kept returning to this article, and finally put some color on my walls: Northampton Putty! During the day, it looks a bit like the photo in this article, a nice complex beige. But in the evening when the light is low, a lovely greenish hue emerges. The color is rich and warm. I just love it! I have an alcove by the window that I painted Valspar Withered Moss, which complements it well. Thank you!

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  23. Hi, thanks so much for this advice. I went with Gentle Cream in a small, dark, northwest-facing room that faces the brick wall of the next buildimg – just painted today! – and, as creamy and warm as it is, it is still just a bit gray in this room – and it’s the height of a summer afternoon! Anything even a jot less warm would have been a sickly green-gray, no doubt, so you saved me. It is soothing and cozy. Granted, it’s cloudy, so I’m really looking forward to how it looks in clear conditions and also at night.

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      AWESOME, that is exactly what I love to hear! And comments like yours really help other readers make their choices, so thank you for that!

  24. Kylie,
    I have a family room where the back wall with fireplace faces north and the windows coming in are on the East. I want to change the wall color and mantle and back shelves which are cosmopolitan wall and Galveston gray mantle. Looks too gray and dark with rest of open floor plan. My hall which runs from west to East is skipping stone with the Galveston gray railing. I just found out that dark chocolate goes with skipping stone and was thinking of changing railing to that. Do I need to change hall and family room or just family room or maybe just railing and mantle. Would one of these warmer colors work. If so which do you recommend?

    1. Forgot to mention couch is taupe and rug is beige with red and gold and green accents. Please let me know how to warm up the room. Would like to go more beige but not sure what will go with skipping stone.

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      Hi Elaine, thank you for commenting! I do try to offer as much complimentary advice on my blog as possible, but otherwise, I try to refer to my Online Consulting, so that I can take a look at the room and its lighting and other features! If that interests you, I will be opening it up again after Christmas! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/ When it comes to picking paint colours, its sometimes best for me to see photos of the room so that I’m not just picturing it all in my head as you have a few things going on between couch/rug/accents/exposures!

      ~Kylie

  25. I think I have read this blog post ten times trying to figure out colors for our new house. It’s staunchly north/south facing with only two rooms having additional east/west windows…phew. Do you have a post about colors for dimly lit baby nurseries? 🙂 Appreciate your work!!

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