Studies have shown that with a little splash of paint, you can actually cool down the temperature of your home in summer. Here are our top picks for cooling exterior and interior paint colors:
COOL EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS
Heavy colours attract heavy heat, that’s why it is best to keep your exterior house colors light and not too bright. White, and any neutral colours surrounding white are proven to reduce your house heat by up to 35%. Why not try white-beige or white-grey for your exterior walls, these are timeless neutral colours that are less likely to date if you were ever looking to rent or sell.
TIP: If you are planning to paint the exterior walls of your home you should consider getting your roof painted white. Extensive research shows that a white roof can significantly reduce the heat both inside and outside for the home. Eco News state that a “white roof has the potential to cool a property by 3% in hot weather”. Make sure you hire professional residential painters as this is a high-risk task.
COOL INTERIOR PAINT COLORS
It isn’t only the outside of your house that makes the difference, interior paint colours can also help lower the temperature of your home.
Light yellows and blues are natural colours to match the sea and sky. Not only will they cool down the heat but they can also cool down the mood with their relaxing and uplifting psychological effects.
If you want to steer clear of colours all together, grey and beige are always a safe bet! These are the closest you can get to white with less risk of being too plain (or seeing an obvious stain). Neither of these colours attract much heat, and they leave a lot of room for decorative exploration.
However, when nothing else seems right, stick with white! White is the coolest colour of them all. It may seem a little plain and boring, but with the right furniture, artwork, and even lights, white can look very stylish.
Stay cool and have a Happy Holidays!