We all want natural light streaming in through our windows. Sometimes though, especially if you live in populated Metro Manila, your living space doesn’t allow for it. If this is you, don’t fret. We’ve got a tip that can give you that maaliwalas feel even without the sunlight: Cheat it with the right choice of wall paint color. For rooms with little to no natural light, consider these paint hues.

Tip: You can get any of the colors in the photos below as Boysen paint via Boysen Mix and Match stations (list of locations here). Find the wall color paint names and codes in the caption or comments section of each post.

Neutrals (Whites and Skin Tones)

First to be mentioned are, of course, the neutrals. It’s no surprise given the hot and humid climate of the Philippines, coupled with the congestion in its major cities, that Pinoys can’t help but fall in love with light and airy spaces. In rooms with this feel, the dominant colors will tend to include a lot of whites, off-whites, and skin tones. Scandinavian interiors and #TeamPuti aesthetics come to mind.

If you’re going for white, keep in mind that white comes in an array of shades each with its own subtleties. Think about what undertone you want (tip: a warm undertone will give a cozier feel) and the level of sheen of your paint. Find a useful guide for this here: #TeamPuti: Boysen Whites for Interiors.

Skin tones, on the other hand, are a great choice if white is not for you. They bring a little more warmth that may be lacking in stark whites while still fulfilling your maaliwalas goals in a space with no natural light. For Boysen paint colors and color palettes in skin tones, check this out: If You Don’t Like White, Try Skin Tones.

Pale Yellow

If a room has no natural sunlight, fake it! This suggestion may be a little tongue in cheek but it really does work. Nothing can light up a room quite like yellow can if you’re lacking in windows.

In its more vibrant variations, yellow can get a little too much if overdone. So, for your walls, paler yellow shades hit the sweet spot—not too hot, not too cold, but just right! It adds brightness to your space without feeling like you’re drowning in it. What’s more, it’s a color that can make a small room look larger.

If painting your walls all yellow is still too much for you, you can also go with just a little bit and achieve the same effect. Turn up the saturation and go for a deeper yellow. Paint one wall or even just a portion of it in yellow and marvel at the effect.

Soft Blue

No view of the sky? Bring the sky to you. Evoke a sense of space and airiness with soft blue walls. Paired with whites and balanced out with warm-colored accents, no one who enters the room would think to look for a window! You’ll get that breezy, sunny day feel minus the outdoors.

Since blue is a cool color, the hue also gives you a sense of peace and relaxation. Because of this, it’s great for bedrooms and is one of the most popular colors for bathrooms. You can use it though for wherever in your home you prefer. Plus, in small rooms, it makes the space feel larger.

So, What Paint to Use?

Paint Colors for Rooms With Little to No Natural Light

When you’ve settled on a color, the next step would be to get it as paint you can use. Consider Boysen’s top choice interior paints for concrete surfaces: Boysen Permacoat Latex, Boysen Healthy Home, and Virtuoso Silk Touch. Each is premium quality water-based paint but with its own set of features.

Boysen Healthy Home, for example, is odorless and antibacterial—perfect for homes with kids. Virtuoso Silk Touch, on the other hand, dries to a matte finish but comes with added Teflon technology which means it’s easy to wipe clean. Learn more about all three here.

Now, get painting! If you have questions about painting and Boysen products, feel free to reach out to our technical team. Send an email to ask@myboysen.com or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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