Trying to decide on the best paint color for your south facing room? This paint guide has all the best colors from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore that’ll make your space feel warm & inviting!
Choosing a paint color can sometimes be a challenging task! To pick a color that’s right for a specific room, there’s a few important factors to consider – but the most important is lighting.
Knowing how much natural light a room gets is crucial – and believe it or not – certain paint colors look better than others with the light from South facing windows.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about choosing a paint color for South facing rooms (or skim down to see my list of curated colors).
Why Is Southern Light Different?
Rooms with South facing windows get lots of direct, warm sunlight (in the Northern Hemisphere). This is because the sun travels across the southern sky and supplies direct light to South facing rooms throughout the entire day.
Exactly how much light depends on latitude, and the time of year – but suffice it to say that considering this lighting situation is key, and you’ll thank yourself for choosing a suitable paint color!
RELATED: What about Northern light? Check out my article: Best Paint Colors for North Facing Rooms.
How To Deal With Lots of Warm Natural Light
Southern light is warm, beautiful and abundant. It can make your space feel relaxed, and inviting. Most paint colors tend to look good in the orange-yellow glow of Southern light.
Windows with Southern light exposure get the most direct light throughout the day. This abundance of light means that you can get away with darker paint colors without making a room feel like a dark cave.
Keep in mind that warm undertones in a paint color will be accentuated by Southern light. On the other hand, very cool colors can look a little off when they are illuminated with warm light. Because of these two things, it’s best to avoid extremely warm and extremely cool paint colors.
The most important thing is to test out paint colors in your home. Sometimes paint colors just look unexpectedly good or bad once you get them up on the wall in a specific room.
I recommend using Samplize Peel-and-Stick vinyl paint samples to make testing paint colors simple and easy! I always use them myself, and I’m completed addicted. You can check out my full review to learn more: Samplize Review | Peel-and-Stick Samples.
What Are The Best Paint Colors For South Facing Rooms?
When dealing with Southern light, I recommend sticking with neutral to slightly cool paint colors, but that’s more of a preference than a rule. The biggest thing to keep in mind is the warming effect of Southern light.
Southern light tends to make paint colors appear a little warmer than the actually are. You can manage this by choosing a paint color that is slightly cooler (or less warm) than the actual look you’re going for.
Ok, let’s dive into a few of my favorite paint colors for rooms with Southern light exposure.
White Paint for South Facing Rooms
White paint colors are among the most popular when it comes to the best paints for south facing rooms. These are my top picks when it comes to white paint colors for south facing rooms:
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (OC-65)
Chantilly Lace – LRV: 92.2 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Chantilly Lace is one of my newest all-time favorite colors. It’s my default choice that because I know it will look amazing in almost any room or lighting condition – especially south facing rooms!
It’s a bright neutral with a slightly cool tone. But once you get it up on the walls, it just looks like pure white paint color that will put a smile on your face.
As delicate and refined as the lace it was named after, this crisp, clean white evokes images of pure silk, soft linen and simpler times.Benjamin Moore – Chantilly Lace
The bedroom pictured below features Chantilly Lace on the walls. It’s a wonderful neutral white paint color that makes other design features like beaded chandelier really stand out.
Here’s another look at Chantilly Lace on the walls and trim. This is a great go-to paint color for southern light as it keeps the space feeling fresh without looking too yellow when the light pours in.
Snowbound by Sherwin Williams (SW 7004)
Snowbound – LRV: 83 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
This extremely popular new paint color is light, bright, and has a little pop of silver gray. Snowbound has found its way into Sherwin-Williams’ Top 50 Color rankings – so you know its gotta be good!
Snowbound is a cool, neutral white paint color with some gray undertones. This makes it an ideal paint color choice for almost any lighting condition, and especially perfect for South facing rooms.
In the image below, the walls and trim are painted with Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams.
I love the look of Snowbound on the upper cabinets in the kitchen below when paired with the warm wood cabinets. So crisp and clean looking making it a perfect choice for southern facing rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light.
Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore (OC-25)
Cloud Cover – LRV: 81.8 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Cloud Cover is a bright off-white, or light greige paint color with minimal undertones (making it a perfect choice for rooms with Southern light exposure).
This is a really nice choice if you’re looking for an interesting off-white that is still pretty bright an airy. Check out the bedroom below – its walls are painted with Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover.
Here’s another look at Cloud Cover in a kitchen space. You can see the color has a slightly different look on the cabinets compared to the walls (this will happen when using different sheens) but flows together so nicely.
Zurich White by Sherwin Williams (SW 7626)
Zurich White – LRV: 76 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Zurich White is a cool off-white paint color offered by Sherwin-Williams. It’s a top color that is included in several of Sherwin-Williams’ color collections: Living Well – Reflect, Cool White, and Finest Whites.
The sitting room below is painted with Zurich White by Sherwin-Williams.
Zurich White looks good on walls, trim and cabinets. The color is a great choice for interiors – it’s quite flexible and slightly susceptible to change throughout the daylight hours.
Gray Paint for South Facing Rooms
Gray is a very popular choice for south facing rooms, especially when they have a slightly cool undertone. These are the best Benjamin Moore gray paints for south facing rooms:
Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore (OC-52 / 2137-60)
Gray Owl – LRV: 65.77 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Gray Owl is a medium-light gray paint color that is neutral to cool. This lighter gray color is really versatile and looks great anywhere.
Benjamin Moore actually has two different product codes (2137-60) and (OC-52) for Gray Owl. Confusing, I know! But don’t worry, both are identical. Apparently they have different naming codes in different color collections.
Check out the bedrooms below with Gray Owl walls.
Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore (HC-173)
Edgecomb Gray – LRV: 63.88 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Edgecomb Gray is one of my go-to gray paint colors. When testing paint colors on your walls (I recommend Samplize peel-and-stick samples), it’s always good to have Edgecomb Gray in the mix because its usually a great fit for almost any room.
If you’re looking for a color with more depth and complexity than a simple white, Edgecomb gray is a perfect choice.
A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.Benjamin Moore – Edgecomb Gray
The dining room below has Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray walls. The paint color goes perfectly with the warm natural tones of the flooring, table, and chairs.
In the living room space pictured below, you can see that Edgecomb Gray also works well when paired with cool toned colors like aqua and charcoal. The paint color warms up the space making it feel inviting.
Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore (HC-172)
Revere Pewter – LRV: 55.51 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a medium-light gray with mildly warm undertones. With a LRV of 55.51, this gray paint color is dark enough to looking like a true gray – but in a room with plenty of Southern light exposure, can can still have a light and airy feel.
A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.Benjamin Moore – Revere Pewter
Check out the dining room below – its walls are painted with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
Here’s a look at Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter on kitchen cabinets. Such a soft neutral color that won’t get washed out too much in a room with lots of natural light.
Blue Green Paint for South Facing Room
Looking to add a little more personality and interest to your south facing room? The last paint color on this list is for you!
Woodlawn Blue by Benjamin Moore (HC-147)
Woodlawn Blue – LRV: 60.74 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
The perfect blend of blue and green with a hint of gray, this paint color is so serene. In a south facing room, the warm yellow light coming in may bring out those subtle undertones (particularly green) even more.
Woodlawn Blue makes a great wall color for a south facing bedroom with its relaxing blue hue. Check out how Kylie M. Interiors uses Woodlawn Blue in the bedroom below.
Have a south facing kitchen and looking for a pretty cabinet color? Try Woodlawn Blue for a bright and fresh look that’s somehow warm and welcoming at the same time. I mean, just look at the beautiful kitchen below!
More Paint Color Resources
That’s all of my paint color recommendations for rooms with Southern light. Helping people choose a perfect paint color for their home is one of my favorite things. I’ve created lots of other resources to help destress your paint color decision. I try to help you simply selection the process any way I can!
Check out all my other paint color articles:
- How To Choose A Paint Color | Lighting, Undertones, Sheen (and more!)
- Best Gray Paint Colors | The Ultimate Guide
- Green Paint Colors | Top Colors Of The Year
- White Paint Color Guide | The Best White Paint Colors
- Paint Colors For Rooms With Northern Light
- Trending Paint Colors for 2021 | Colors Trends From Top Brands
- Samplize Review | Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples
- White Dove Paint Color Review | After Painting My Whole House!
I hope you enjoyed this article, and found it helpful. If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments below!