Light colors, such as white, reflect solar energy away from interior spaces and transmit diffused natural light toward the interior. These colors are excellent for reducing overall solar heat gain, lowering energy costs associated with air-conditioning, and reducing the need for artificial lighting for additional energy savings. Due to high reflectivity, light colors will limit outward views.
Dark colors, such as black, absorb solar heat and light for significant glare reduction. Benefits include improved clarity of electronic devices, diminished eye strain and excellent outward views. While the overall impact on solar heat gain is not as significant with dark colors, this heat will be more evenly distributed into the room, improving comfort and eliminating hot spots created by direct sun light.