Exposure And Number Of Windows

In south rooms which have many windows and are sunshiny and light, cool colors, grayed in intensity and medium in value, may be used to soften the light.

North rooms, or rooms with few windows, usually need light, warm colors. Grayed colors with yellow in them will give cheer and light to these rooms.

Uses Of The Room

Since the living room is the room which must be shared by a number of people and is the most impersonal room in the home, inconspicuous wall color will give the most restful background.

The dining room is used only for short periods at a time and the wall should not be quite so grayed in intensity as the living room.

1 From The Background of the Room. Extension Bull. 93. Michigan State College, 1929.

The purpose of the bedroom is rest; therefore, the colors of the wall should be light in value and grayed in intensity.

Light colors are suitable for the bathroom. They give the appearance of cleanliness.

For the kitchen, wall colors light in value and less grayed in intensity than in the living room, may be used.

Size Of The Room

If the rooms are small yet comfortably lighted, colors light in value for the walls will give the appearance of greater size.

If rooms are too large, warm colors of medium value give a friendly feeling to the room. If the value is too dark when cool colors are used the effect will be one of gloom and coldness.

Design Of Furniture, And Main Color Of Furnishings

If the lines of the furniture and the proportions of it are good the furniture will be emphasized by a wall color grayed in intensity and light of value. If the furniture is not particularly interesting, and there are too many pieces, it will be less noticeable against a wall nearer its own value. The wall color should harmonize with the main color in the furnishings. It is well to have the walls repeat, in a grayed intensity, some of the dominant hue of the room.

The Approximate Reflection Of Light From The Various Colors

Per Cent of Light

Reflected

Yellow...................................

....80

Orange.....................................

. ... 50

Green......................................

....42

Red.......................................

••■•35

Blue.......................................

....30

Violet......................................

...25

Grey.......................................

....50

Light is reflected approximately as follows from certain colors in rather general use:

Per Cent

Ivory....................

..76

Ivory tan............

..71

Buff.................

..60

Tan.................

••37

Coconut brown.......

. .21

High light sage green .

.67

Low light sage green.. .

••43

Per Cent

Forest green.........

. . 21

Olive green..........

. .14

Sky blue............

..36

Shell pink...........

••57

Dark oak............

. . 21

Mahogany...........

••13

[Note. - For additional information on color see pp. 433-34.]

1 From Illinois Home Economics Handbook. University of Illinois, 1923.

2. Floor Finishes and Coverings