Light, Reflection and Paint Colour

Light,Reflection and Paint Colour

LRV which is Light Reflectance Value.  It is the amount of light reflected or absorbed by the paint applied on the wall or ceiling surface.

Paint Colour and how light affects it The LRV
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The reflection of light, whether from natural or artificial sources changes the colour of how your paint looks.

Choosing colours is mostly based on how the paint colour makes you feel. Does it set the mood for comfort, tranquility, modern, contemporary or classic home decor.  Although homeowners usually base their choice of paint colours on a personal basis there is a scientific one as well.  Many professional painters, homestaging, home decor, interior designers, colour consults and even real estate agents will often advise or recommend using the base of LRV.  Watch the video below for more information on how you may want to know the LRV  before painting your house.

A useful video that explains What You Need to Know About LRV and all the relevant factors to consider when choosing paint colours and the lighting in the rooms.

If you’re planning on doing your own house painting or redecorating you may want to take some of the professional tips shared in the video.  Make a smart move by checking out a rooms LRV is a great starting point to help you choose the right paint colours.

The Light Reflectance Value (LRV) can usually be found on the labels of paint cans or paint chip samples.


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You can also find more information and tips on our articles for  choosing paint colours  and house painting tips to ensure you get the best looking result possible for your DIY painting project.  If you’re looking to hire a professional paint contractor in Ottawa, we’d love to help.  Simply visit us at to schedule a paint estimate and a paint colour consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Read ourhouse painting tips and advice from PG Paint & Design
Till next time Ciao for now Pina G