When you were a teenager and wanted to paint your room tie die or black to match the new album cover you got for Christmas, the idea probably didn’t sit well with your parents. But now you’re a homeowner and anything goes when it comes to color choice. But you might want to reconsider the colors you choose based on how they will impact your energy costs.  

The biggest reason the color matters is the amount of heat it absorbs. Think about when you wear a dark colored shirt on a hot sunny day, you feel much hotter than if you had worn a white or lightcolored shirt. The same concept applies to interior house painting. If you have a room that has one or two windows and you decide on a dark color, then expect that room to need upwards of 40% more time and energy to cool.  

How Dark Paint Colors Make A Room Warmer

Choosing to paint a room darker doesn’t necessarily mean the room will be warmer and have higher cooling costs, there are other factors that come into play – primarily the windows in the room. If you paint a room that has no windows a dark color, then it is very possible it will cost you no more in terms of your cooling costs. However, dark colors do tend to make a room feel smaller, so they are rarely chosen for rooms that don’t have at least a few windows in them. When you paint a room a dark color and that same room has at least one or two windows in it, the light from the sun will absorb into the room more than it would with a lighter color, making the overall temperature of the room warmer and requiring your HVAC system to work harder to properly cool that room.

What To Do To Cut Down Energy Costs In A Dark Room

If you do have a room in your home that you want to paint with dark colors, there are a couple things you can consider doing to help cut down on energy costs to cool that room. The first suggestion we have is to paint only one accent wall in the room with the darker color of your choosing and paint the remaining walls in the room with a very light color. Alternatively, if you do decide to paint all the walls the same dark color, you should make sure you cover all the windows in the room with heavy curtains that will reflect the light from the sun back out of the room. While this will make the room feel smaller and more closed in, it will also help cut back on the cost of cooling the room.