How Using Warm Colors Affects Your Home
While the colour trends come and go some leave a long-lasting impact. Living Coral from 2019’s Color Of The Year still has me crushing on warm
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Related: Color Theory
When you decide to use a seemingly warm color in your decor, such as pink, the first thing to do is find the undertone. A purply-pink like Magenta would be considered a cool tone whereas an orangy-pink like Coral is a warm tone. Look over the color you are considering. Does it have hints of color from the cool side of the wheel or stick solidly on the warm side? Another way to do this is see if the color makes you feel warmer just by looking at it. Does it remind you of summer or winter?
North facing walls and rooms typically look colder and darker in a home. This is because they receive the least amount of sunlight. By painting these walls or rooms in a light warm color you will balance out the lack of natural light. It is a great way to instantly change the feeling in a north room without opening up walls.
Getting Warmed Up
Along with that though comes some general forethought. Use warm colors in rooms that you want to be high energy hubs such as kitchens. Or maybe entryways or living rooms. Most people need calming spaces to fall asleep so a warm color might not be best suited for your bedroom. Unless you are looking to spice things up. The stronger the pigmentation the more intense your body response will be. So a bright cherry red room will be more stimulating than a pastel red room.
If you want a room that has
When you love bright warm colors but aren’t so keen on the stimulation, use them as the accent colors in an otherwise neutral room! Pairing neutrals with warm colors is a great way to balance out the intensity. You can also pair warm colors and cool colors to balance out
Here is an example for you. There is a cool blue-gray paint on your bedroom walls that feels too chilly. But when you start adding paintings with warm colors, warm-toned wood furniture, and a red toss blanket and pillows, suddenly the room isn’t so chilly anymore without making it overstimulating. It may take some trial and error to figure out your preferred balance on your own. So don’t cut the tags off the blankets and pillows until you know they are sticking around.
Ready To Give It a Go?
Now that you are revved up and inspired, start planning out your room options. What colors do you want? How vibrant can you make it for the size of the room? How can you balance the warm and energy? Who else can you share this amazing knowledge with?
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