Choosing Colours for a North-Facing Room

North-facing rooms are notorious for being one of the most dull and darkened spaces in our homes, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t utilise the room to its full potential. By adding a fresh coat of paint, hanging a mirror or two and installing a beautiful set of blinds, your north-facing room will be unrecognisable by the time you’ve added your own personal stamp.

In this article, we’ll be presenting you with a few hints and tips for brightening a dark room, together with on-trend colours and ways to achieve ultimate privacy.

Colours that would brighten up a north-facing room

If you’re struggling to brighten a north-facing room, then you should consider redecorating and adorning the room with ornaments, paintings and other decorations to help make the room feel both bigger and lighter. Where some colours, such as white, grey and blue can make a room appear cold, these are often the tones that home decor experts recommend you use to brighten a dark room.

However, if you’d prefer to create a more cosy space, then opt for warmer colours, but ones which aren’t too dark: burnt orange, mustard yellow or burgundy/maroon . These can have the opposite effect and make your north-facing room feel small and dull.

Instead, opt for the following colours:

  • Lavender
  • Bright yellow
  • Powder blue
  • Light grey
  • Baby pink
  • Cream
  • Beige
  • Off-white/ivory
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If you’re looking to create a space which is more on trend, the Pantone colour of the year is classic blue. However, it wouldn’t be suitable for the painting of a north-facing bedroom. Other colours that are on trend right now, according to Pantone, are:

  • Flame Scarlet
  • Saffron
  • Biscay Green
  • Faded Denim
  • Orange Peel
  • Sunlight
  • Coral Pink
  • Grape Compote
  • Lark
  • Brilliant White
  • Ash

Other ways in which you could brighten a north-facing bedroom

  • Add artificial lighting to walls, ceilings or corners of the room
  • Change lightbulbs if they’re old, too dull or too yellow
  • Incorporate large area rugs into the decor – don’t opt for a colour which is too dark
  • When choosing furniture go for light coloured woods
  • Hang mirrors to make a room feel bigger, light will also reflect off them, making
    the room appear brighter than it was initially

What you could use your north-facing room for

Despite allowing a limited amount of sunlight in, north-facing rooms can still be a highly functional space, particularly if you followed our tips for making a north-facing room brighter. If you have managed to create a light, bright and airy space, then the possibilities will be endless. However, this doesn’t mean to say you’ll get the same amount of sunlight as a south-facing room. So make the most of a room which offers slightly less natural light, as they too can be made full use of.

You could use a north-facing room as a:

  • Bedroom (particularly for a child)
  • Playroom
  • TV room
  • Snug

North-facing rooms are also ideal for artists to use, according to the BBC. This is because the light in a north-facing room “gives a truer colour rendition.”

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How to maintain privacy in a north-facing bedroom

Blinds aren’t just there to block out direct sunlight (perfect for south-facing rooms). Instead, they can retain heat, keep draughts out and provide ultimate privacy when required. Depending on what your north-facing room looks out onto, whether it be a neighbour’s house or a public road, it would always be worth having blinds installed that could give you the privacy you need. The blinds we recommend for providing high levels of privacy include:

Roller blinds – easy to operate, roller blinds can be lowered completely to prevent passersby from peering into your home. Available in a range of colours and patterns, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Sunstopper Blinds.

Venetian blinds – with a smooth mechanism making them simple to operate, Venetian blinds offer a multitude of options. Turn the slats at an angle to suit you, and keep them lowered to provide total privacy. Depending on the material, Venetian blinds can also help to retain heat and keep cold draughts out. Available in a range of colours, slat sizes and materials, we’ll find a set of Venetian blinds which are right for you.

Pleated blinds – with the potential to add a contemporary edge to your home, pleated blinds are perfect for providing you with privacy. When they’re fully lowered, you’ll also be able to see their quirky design and the clever way in which they’re manufactured. Again, these are available in a range of colours to suit your existing home decor.

Blackout blinds – despite being incredibly effective at keeping the sun’s rays out, blackout blinds can also eliminate any chance of someone looking into your home. These too are available in a range of colours, styles, patterns and materials, so you’ll have no trouble in adding that perfect finishing touch to your property.

Roman blinds – these are perfect for providing a high degree of privacy for every eventuality. Roman blinds are incredibly functional, easy to operate and come in an array of colours, patterns and textures to complement your home. They’re also effective at retaining heat and eliminating draughts, ensuring a warm, cosy space.

Sunstopper Blinds have over 30 years of experience in the industry, providing homeowners and businesses with high-quality, functional and stylish window blinds to suit your every need. All of our blinds are child-friendly for your absolute peace of mind. For more information about the blinds we’re able to provide, get in touch with a member of our team today – we operate throughout Welwyn Garden City, Ware, Hertford and the surrounding areas.