Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bridget Beari Color Rule #36

Bridget Beari Color Rule: 

Don't forget the LRV! 

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. All paint colors have them and they are usually labeled on the fan decks. The scale runs from 0 %- black, a low LRV which means it absorbs light to 100% - white, a high LRV which means it reflects light. 

This tool can be very helpful. If you want a room to feel bigger and brighter pick a color with a high LRV. 

Photo from Veranda

If you want to a room to feel darker or cozier chose a color with a low LRV.

Design by Ruth Burts Interiors

There are 2 tricks to the LRV rule - finishes and yellow! Matt finishes can increase light absorption and gloss finishes can increase light reflection. 

Yellow has a high LRV but the more wall space that is covered the more intense the color. This is contradictory to the light reflection rule. Be careful with yellows. They are in a class of their own. 

Photo from Better Homes and Gardens

Tip: I love a good ice tea and with the weather heating up here's a great one! 

Happy Painting.....


Eddie Ross said...

The lamp in that second photo is so chic. Love the navy and white. Hope you have a Happy Easter.
xo E + J

Linda Pakravan said...

Amen to the yellow being in its own class!

Susan M. Jamieson, ASID said...

I love custom lampshades - the navy trim is GORG!XOXO to you too!

funcolors said...

I wrote an article several years ago that explores LRV and how its applicable to paint. Check it out here: