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Things to consider when specifying...

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Variation of colour.

When installing identical coloured panels of back painted glass in the same location such as a full-length splashback and returns, there will likely be a visual colour variation as the painted surface is being viewed on different sized panels and on different planes. Colours play a part in how much they may or may not change in certain light. Whites and off-whites may seem vanilla, but they are often very adaptable to all light conditions. This can also be said of pale shades of other colours. However, whites and other light colours can sometimes reflect hues from objects in the room, such as furniture, flooring, etc. Brighter, richer colours can often be problematic and colours like khaki, sage and taupe are some of the worst offenders when it comes to changing under different lighting.

Hopefully this will provide some pointers when choosing painted glass and understanding how light can affect paint colour.


Natural Light

Natural light affects the way colours appear in various locations. And the effect this light has depends on the direction in which it comes into the room and the position of the sun. If your room is north facing, the light that enters will be softer and will produce a warmer effect, with darker hues looking darker and light colours a touch more subdued, this is because light from the north adds a touch of blue. If the location has a southern exposure, it will receive the most intense light. Darker colours will be somewhat brightened and light colours (especially white) have the potential to leave the room washed out.

In the evening, a west facing room will have warmth from the setting sun, adding orange hues and can leave room’s that are orange, red, or yellow looking over saturated. Likewise, eastern exposure adds a bit of green.


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Thanks to to GX Glass for their expert knowledge!

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