Energy-Efficient Colours for Your Interiors

Have you ever wondered just what goes into all the designs and arrangements of those guest house or bed and breakfast interiors which make some of the rooms cosy while others leave you feeling like you could perhaps have gotten a better room allocation? You can perhaps experience it with some hotels as well, as generic as hotel rooms may appear to be, but your line of thinking is definitely justified because it’s all by design.


If all the rooms were exactly the same at any place of lodging, there’d be no grounds for the operators to charge higher prices for some of the ‘better’ rooms they offer. It’s perhaps a little bit of a cynical way of looking at it, but I mean if you rock up one night after a very long trip without a reservation and you’re totally knackered, you’re much more likely to just go with what they say when they tell you that the only room available at such short notice is one of the more expensive ones.

It’s one thing staying in a room such as presidential suite and then comparing that with a regular, budget room, but it’s another thing altogether staying once or twice each in what are effectively two seemingly identical room, yet one of those rooms somehow just feels like it should indeed cost more than the other, despite the fact that they look exactly the same. This particularly happens when you’ve lodged at self-catering apartments and have been allocated a different room on each of your stays.

That slight or even big difference in the ‘cosiness’ experienced is largely due to some very subtle differences you might otherwise find hard to spot. I mean yes, there are the obvious differences, such which direction the windows are facing (more sunlight, etc), but it otherwise all comes down to the use of colours beyond just for visual appeal, but rather for efficient energy use.

Black, White and Everything in Between

We’ll use the example of a pretty standard fitted bathroom to drive the point home. We’re probably all aware of the fact that darker colours, with pitch-black falling at the very top of that colour spectrum, absorb more heat and therefore a bathroom which is bedecked with black as the dominant colour retains heat well and is perhaps warmer than say a white coloured bathroom.

On the other hand, white reflects light rather well and so the heat retention isn’t as good as say a black coloured bathroom, but the “everything in between” bit of the consideration comes into play when one has to think about factors such as exactly how much natural light flows into your bathroom in the first place. Is it too much for you to completely black out your bathroom or is it just enough so that you can perhaps go classic black and white, while still maintaining that cosiness which the untrained eye cannot explain?

The same applies to other interiors beyond the bathroom — if it’s cosiness you’re after, the colours you choose should be picked out with energy-efficiency as a consideration as opposed to purely for visual effect.

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