The best colors for south-facing rooms that will turn your space into a "welcoming haven" according to designers

We've scoped out the best colors for south-facing rooms that to bring warmth to your space

The best colors for south-facing rooms are useful to know. Here is a a living room with a dark navy blue bookcase with books and decor on it, a cream wall and a cream couch to the right with a dark blue table and white and brown checkered rug underneath it, and a pink armchair
(Image credit: Snug Sofa)

The best colors for south-facing rooms will make your sunshine room sizzle with serious style.

If you're blessed with this facing room and want to know how to make it shine even further, we've got you covered with advice from interior designers. From modern neutral colors to jewel tones, there is a shade for all design styles.

When it comes to choosing the best paint colors for your home, being mindful of how the sun hits it is important for making it look warm and inviting.

The best colors for south-facing rooms 

After learning how to paint a room like a pro, it's time to choose the perfect hue to help you nail the task first time around. Matching it to the orientation of your home will help eliminate that sinking feeling when it's all done and dry, and you hate the way it looks at all hours of the day and night. 

Where our interior design experts have suggested paint colors, we have sought out the closest matches possible. 

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1. Jewel tones

A burgundy dining room with three white plush chairs, a circular table with flowers on, and two pink wall art prints

(Image credit: Furniture and Choice)

South-facing rooms get a lot of light and can therefore take much deeper colors well than other spaces. Complement the shimmery rays coming into your space with regal jewel tones that will bring all the Bridgerton design vibes.

“For a bit of drama and sophistication, consider incorporating bold jewel tones into your south-facing room,” explains Nina Lichtenstein, principal designer and founder of Nina’s Home Design.

“A rich burgundy shade, for example, can add depth and personality to the space,” Nina adds. It's also one of the small space color trends for the year.

You can also try sapphire blue (Farrow and Ball's Drawing Room Blue is a clean, graphic shade) if you want to balance the warmth of the natural light entering your room.

2. Cool white

A white room with a light pink curved chair with gold legs, a tall window with a white vase of pink flower branches, and dark brown flooring

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

Reaching for a trusty neutral is a smart idea, as decorating white walls is a total breeze and offers countless options for accent colors around the room, as well as making it easy to swap seasonal decor and furnishings in and out without clashes.

“Using a cooler-toned white paint will counterbalance the naturally amber-based cast that will be in the space,” explains Carly Shafiroff, interior designer and founder of Carly Jane Design.

Carly’s go-to cool whites are Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore and Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore, which are both dazzling shades that are worth grabbing tins of for your whole house.

3. Terracotta

A small bathroom with terracotta and white walls, a rectangular mirror, a wall sconce, and a standing wooden anity with a white basin and gold faucets, with a sage towel next to it

(Image credit: Burlington)

If you enjoy bathing in the sun in your south-facing room, make it feel even more warm by bringing in a truly Mediterranean shade.

Nina says, “Earthy tones such as terracotta can bring a sense of groundedness and harmony to a south-facing room. This warm, earthy color pairs well with natural light and creates a welcoming and relaxed ambiance."

For those who love the shade but are hesitant to bring it in with paint, you could always try adding terracotta decorative accents such as the Mercury Row Throw Pillow from Wayfair. It's reversible, machine-washable, and comes complete with the correct insert.

4. Pastels

A colorful kitchen with mint green, pink, and purple cabinets, a silver oven hood, and a white portable kitchen island with flowers on top

(Image credit: Wayfair)

Don’t sleep on bringing in cute colors, as they can show off your playful personality and make your space feel ultra-cozy. We especially love seeing them paired with pretty spring home decor picks.

“Soft pastel shades like light lavender or blush pink can enhance the airy feel of a south-facing room,” Nina says. "Pastel colors reflect light beautifully and add a serene feeling to the space.”

You could bring in multiple pastels at once by picking the right wall art print, such as the My Room My Rules poster from Desenio which would look adorable hung up on a kids’ room wall and comes in two different sizes. 

Desenio's fun and colorful Candy Garden collection of artwork had the ladies in the Real Homes office swooning as we're all suckers for dopamine decorating and most of the pieces would complement your fun pastel paints whilst also adding texture — an easy way to add visual intrigue.

5. Metallics

A room with silver metallic walls, a rectangular silver standing full-length mirror, and a gray armchair to the left of it

(Image credit: Melody Maison)

If your south-facing room isn’t too big, bringing in metallic colors that can reflect light will make a small room look bigger.

Nina explains, “Shades like silver or gold can enhance the luminous quality of a south-facing room.”

Nina also suggests incorporating metallic finishes on light fixtures and mirrors (the Zadro Mirror from Saks has three-color light settings and brightness adjustability) to catch and reflect sunlight. 

Our budget swaps for Anthropologie's beautiful gold Gleaming Primrose Mirror, with French-inspired ornate detailing and floral crowns would be the perfect addition to any room.

6. Navy blue

A living room with a dark navy blue bookcase with books and decor on it, a cream wall and a cream couch to the right with a dark blue table and white and brown checkered rug underneath it

(Image credit: Snug Sofa)

Love your south-facing room’s glow but also are a fan of moody hues? We don’t blame you — they’re wonderfully relaxing and are one of the top interior design trends for the year.

“To create depth and contrast in a south-facing room, experiment with darker hues like navy blue,” Nina suggests. "Use this dark color strategically to anchor the space and add visual interest.”

Darker hues can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, especially in larger south-facing rooms.

To include this in a more subtle way, you could always paint a side table this shade (or grab one already made with it, such the ABBSR Plant Pot Table from Walmart which has a detachable tray and is easy to clean).

7. Beige

A beige bathroom with a rectangular wall mirror, a wooden vanity with plants and candles on it, and a white woven rug underneath it

(Image credit: Ruggable)

If you want to really lean into the soft lighting coming into your space, bring this out even further by choosing a shade of beige.

“Beige complements the abundance of natural light and can be painted on both the walls and the ceiling,” Nina explains.

Alternatively, you can always bring it down low onto the floor, such as with the Cyrus Beige Rug from Ruggable pictured above which has four pad options, is washable, and comes in three different shapes.

Choosing the best colors for south-facing rooms is all about harnessing the natural light to create a harmonious home whatever the time of day.

Nina finishes by saying, “Experiment with different color combinations and textures to personalize your space and transform it into a welcoming haven filled with natural light and style.”

If you’re next painting project is on another aspect of your home, our guide on the best colors for north-facing rooms will set you on the right path.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.