The light coming from the East is similar in quality to north light in that it is generally slightly cooler, although it varies throughout the day; In the morning the natural light is warmer, and as the sun moves Westwards light quality becomes cooler in tone.
There are two schools of thought on which colours work best; One opinion is to offset the cooler tones by using warmed up neutrals in versions of yellows, creams and golds. The other opinion is to go with the flow and not fight the cooler east light by selecting soft and muted versions of greens or blues. From the purist standpoint all other factors aside, I feel the way to get a more satisfactory result is to follow the second option. But colour is never de-facto and there are variables to consider. For example, I believe your decision making must take into account how the rooms is used and at what time of day, and it all needs to tie into your personality and/or the predominant personality of your family. For example if its a breakfast nook which sees a lot of activity early in the morning and has a great big window with unobstructed sunlight coming in, and you are the type(s) who need to emote energy and start the day with a bang, then DO consider using warmer tones such as yellows, even consider muted versions of orange, either of which could be trimmed with doors/window frames in a soft cream colour. On the flipside if your family are the type who like a quiet start to the day, then perhaps a soft green or duck egg blue would be a more calming influence. Also, don't be afraid of taking a greenish blue in a more intense colour value and trim it with clean crisp whites. It can be stunning depending again on how the room is used. Images courtesy of Farrow and Ball. www.us.farrow-ball.com
Kevin Gray is a residential interiors specialist, who has more than 20 years experience in the interior and architectural design industry.