What color paint will reduce the glare from windows in living areas?

by Carol
The rear windows (family room, kitchen areas, stairs) face a lake , the front door (living/dining rooms) are very dark. It's an open floor plan with a faulted ceiling - second floor is the same problem. The walls are a light brown/yellow, the ceiling is white, the floors are all dark hardwood. The glare is overwhelming! I live in Phoenix, AZ - the sun is always shining. HELP!!!
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  • Susan Savarese Susan Savarese on Jun 06, 2017
    Hi Carol: is the paint you currently have on your walls Gloss? I'm wondering if that's the problem. Regardless, I'd use maybe a mid shade of gray, satin finish. My living room is really sunny as well. And although "natural light" is great, it gets a little overwhelming at times. My walls are a darker gray now and it's really helped.

  • This isn't a paint issue, although it might help, this is a window issue. Visit your local Glass and Mirror store and purchase a see through film to apply to the windows. We replaced a few windows in our house to upgrade the glass - made a huge difference to the amount of heat that entered the home too.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 06, 2017
    Hi Carol, I agree that some sort of film on the windows would help with the glare. Also awnings might help. But they can get a bit pricey. Your local Home Improvement store can help with additional choices. Good luck.

  • I would see about a film for the windows or an awning.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 15, 2023

    Many of the home stores offer a film that can be applied to the window glass, my gf has this on hers and you can't see in but she can see out.