North facing rooms
Large windows facing the lake, provide a beautiful view of this Northern Wisconsin lake. The windows where made by Kolbe & Kolbe and custom designed for this home. When we were working on the plans for the home, we had several drafts of what we wanted on the front wall fo the living room. Once the homeowner decided on a design Kolbe made the windows for us. -- I hope you are enjoying all the North Twin Builders pictures and there plenty more to come. - John
The Cool Room This is called the Cool Room because it faces north. Napoleon used it as his council chamber and Charles X took leave of his ministers here on 31 July 1830. The magnificent panelling carved with cassolettes and garlands of flowers dates from Louis XIV. The furniture dates from the First Empire. The serre-papiers (paper cabinet) was delivered by Jacob-Desmalter, the regulator clock by Lepaute and the barometer-thermometer by Bailly. The chairs are covered in Beauvais upholstery.
The light from the South - south facing rooms are brightest in the house. These spaces, like north facing rooms, have consistent light all day - the difference is it is a warmer, bright light that intensifies any color placed within it. Unless you love the energizing effect of intense hues, use softer tones here.
"I would paint the walls in this soft yellow — like the end of the day when the sun is going over the hill. It doesn't give you a jolt, yet it would pierce the gray clouds. I'd do it in a satin finish for a bit of shine, with creamy white moldings and a stippled blue glaze on the ceiling to give a sense of blue sky." -David Easton BENJAMIN MOORE GOLDTONE OC-112 Goldtone OC-12
If your answers are mostly C's... your color personality is YELLOW! Yellow signals cheerful and a feeling of freshness. It is the ideal color for kitchens but overpowering in small spaces. Soft yellows are warm and inviting and excellent choice for a north facing room like a bedroom. Golden yellows add instant radiance!
North-facing rooms can go gray, and this will give you some man-made light. It has more color in it than off-white. There's a bit of tan and yellow. It makes me think of butter pecan ice cream. A color as subtle as this looks different on each wall, because the light hits each wall differently. I like that. It makes a room more interesting."-Allison Paladino BENJAMIN MOORE SECLUDED BEACH 899
Elephant Pink "If you're not getting a lot of sunlight, you need to create warmth. Pink is what you want. It's beautiful and flattering to any skin tone. But even if you go through every single paint book, there's not a pink you can use, because they all look like bubble gum on the walls. So here's the lowdown: Buy Elephant Pink and White, mix them half and half, and you're set. It's the perfectly balanced pale pink." -William Diamond BENJAMIN MOORE ELEPHANT PINK 2087-70
DARK, NORTH FACING ROOMS ... So to thoroughly answer the question of colour in a north facing room here it is; if you have a north facing room with a small, insignificant window then yes, paint it a rich, dark colour; however if you still have brightness in the room, keeping the colour even a light beige will still add way more warmth and personality to the room over white.
How to Choose Colour for a North Facing Room | Maria Killam
"I'd use this light and ethereal lavender with a touch of pearl gray. Perfect for a bedroom. I see it with chalky white moldings — white is what makes color come alive — and chalky white furniture upholstered in deeper shades of lavender. Then add one really sharp green chair. That would be a knockout room." -Noel Jeffrey BENJAMIN MOORE SLIP AF-605