In Colours, Interior Painting, Paint

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.chart for LRV values light reflectance value for paint
The reflection of the paint colour whether from natural or artificial lighting sources changes the our perception of how the paint colours look.

Choosing colours is mostly based on how the paint colour makes you feel.  Does it set the mood for comfort, tranquility, modern, contemporary or a more classic home decor.

Although homeowners typically base their choice of paint colours on a personal basis there is a scientific reason we choose the colours we do.

Many homestaging, home decor, interior designers,  colour consultants, real estate agents and professional painters, will often advise and recommend you 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 the time to follow some of the professional tips shared in the video.

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

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 painters from professional painting companies in Ottawa to help with your next project visit our contact page to  schedule your appointment for an in home consultation and quote.


originally published Sep 08 2016 and edited on May 18, 2021