"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
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
Manchester Tan (BM HC168) very warm neutral that is almost like an off-white. It's not a cold grey & it's not a boring beige. Nice with dark & mid-tone woods & works well with cooler colors like blues & greens. Also looks good with reds & yellows.
Upper wall colour is by "Promise" by Sarah Richardson Para paint line (is only in Lowes in Canada) Door is Boca Raton by Benjamin Moore Trim and beaded board is Oxford White by Benjamin Moore. "This room faces north and these colours do not feel cold at all."
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.