Understanding Color: Warm vs. Cool Colors

Often decorators will mention that a particular color is warm or cool. This can be confusing, particularly for those of us who haven’t taken art since primary school. Understanding the difference and meaning of warm vs. cool colors can be a helpful addition to your bag of tools when you are making decorating decisions. The good news is that this concept is easy to learn and apply.

Warm colors are called that because they are the colors of a sunny day. Yellows and oranges, as well as affiliated colors such as orange-reds, yellow-greens, and browns, constitute the easiest to spot warm colors. Cool colors reflect a rainy or foggy day. Blues, purples, turquoises, and some blue-toned reds and pinks make up the cool collection. Colors can vary in their warmth and coolness, so don’t expect to recognize every color as warm or cool right away. If you’re not sure, compare it with others in the space.

Warm and cool colors from a decorating sense behave very differently. Warm colors seem to approach you. They are inviting and energizing. Cool colors are distant, and create a sense of serenity. Because of their characteristics, warm colors work well in dining rooms or areas where conversation and energy are valued. Cool colors are effective in bedrooms, where the goal is to relax and fall asleep.

Most rooms have both warm and cool colors in various combinations. Rooms that are all one or another can be uncomfortable, although you may not be able to determine why. Cool colors keep a warm room more under control, and even a few warm color elements, with their relatively strong visual impact; help a cool room seem more welcoming.

If you’re planning to make some color changes, factor the balance of cool vs. warm colors you want in each room. Experiment by removing a number of warm or cool pieces from a room, to see how it affects the feeling of the space. By factoring in the level of warm and cool color elements in your home, you may be surprised to discover how much more effectively you can capture the feeling you want in each room.

Tips for Adding Color to a Gray Color Scheme

Do you feel stuck with your all-gray color scheme? Well, it is time to unlock the magic hidden in this cool-toned hue. Grey is so much more than just a combination of black and white. In fact, this color scheme is versatile, and there are numerous possibilities for designing it to compliment your home’s interior. In fact, although grey is considered a neutral color, it is much more interesting than white or black. The best way to make a gray room pop is to implement color into the design. In fact, you will find that gray serves as the perfect backdrop for a bold accent color. It also has the power to enhance more subtle hues as well as frame colors. The color palettes are virtually limitless. Look at some of the ways you can use add color to a gray room.

Soft Furnishings

If you find that your taste is subject to change from time to time, gray is the perfect backdrop for ever-changing designs. Use bright colors such as orange, blue, and yellow as accent colors in your soft furnishings. Whether you are designing a living room or bedroom, you can select soft furnishings like pillows, curtains, and comforter sets that feature unique patterns and bright hues.

Metallics

You do not have to just stick to traditional color palettes. In a dull room, find the perfect area to install a copper panel, or you can opt for metallic fixtures. Add an extra dimension to the room with accessories such as pendant lights and place settings. When paired against gray, metal is able to take center stage.

Electic Patterns

When adding some spice to the gray room, combine colors with eclectic patterns to further add emphasis to the room’s design. You can even mix different patterns within the space while the gray walls further highlight the decor. Area rugs, couch slipcovers, and other types of textiles add variety.

Using Texture

Be sure to add some colorful texture to your cool gray rooms. For instance, you can combine natural stone, distressed wood, and plush accessories against your gray walls to add dimensions.

What ways would you add a pop of flair to an all-gray room? Let us know below in the comment section.

How to Use Tropical Colors in Your Home’s Design

Summer may feel like a ways away, but before you know it, spring will be making its entrance in March. While we have to wait for winter to end, right now can be a great time to consider redecorating your home in light, airy vacation colors. From bright, sunny yellows, bursts of oranges and lush greens, tropical colors can also be used to warm up your home.

Using tropical hues in your home does not mean that you have to paint your accent walls or other architectural features with vivid colors. Nor do you need to swap out furniture. Instead, when going with a tropical design, less is always more. So what does that mean exactly? Let’s take a look!

Light Fixtures

Swapping out bland or neutral tone lighting fixtures for ones that give a tropical or festive vibe can help add life to your space. Try to find fixtures that feature Carribean hues like orange, coral or canary yellow. You can even get creative and opt for fixtures with organic elements like seashells to truly capture the look. You may be surprised how switching out such a simple decor piece will attract the attention of your visitors.

Accent Pillows and Throws

An easy way you can use tropical colors in your decor is by incorporating pillows and throws that have beachy colors. This is an inexpensive way to make to recreate that lovable vacation-feel in any room.

Beach-Inspired Accessories

If you really want to make a significant impact, you can accessorize different rooms with beach trinkets. Seashells, beads and other island-themed accessories can be used to emphasize the tropical theme; however, you do not want to use a lot of these accessories within one space because it can be overwhelming and distract from other design elements in the room.

Patterns and Textiles

Do not be afraid to use vibrant island colors on your textiles and patterns. You can use tropical colors in your furniture fabrics and even on the floors with an area rug. Be sure to mix and match solids and patterns to create the perfect island look.

What is your favorite part of tropical design? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Inspiring Seasonal Colors that Work Year-Round

Fall is the perfect season to gain design inspiration for your home. During these breezy months, you can find beautiful, warm colors and hues that can work in your home’s design. For fall inspiration, stayed tuned because we have six fall colors that work year-round: 

  1. Espresso Brown. Inspired by the deep tones found in nature, espresso brown can make a subtle appearance in your space as an accent color or even a wall color. For a dramatic look, you can purchase furniture in this deep shade. This color looks almost black; therefore, it goes with nearly every color out there, and you do not have to worry about it clashing with anything.
  2. Burnt Orange. The autumn trees inspired us to love this particular color because of its warm and breezy hues. Burnt orange looks great as an accent color in patterns or as a statement piece. You can transform an entire room with this beautiful “orangey” hue.
  3. Sienna. We like to think of Sienna as a more natural color that does not stand out as much as burnt orange but helps tie together your browns, oranges, and reds. It works well as an accent piece to tie together other hues. 
  4. Mustard Yellow. If you are looking for a statement, mustard yellow is here to take charge. Using yellow in your decor is anything but subtle, and that is why we love it. You can try using this color in areas of your room that you want to draw attention. If you are feeling extra trendy, you can try to use it as your base color.
  5. Garnet Red. This is a beautiful, deep red that embodies elegance and power. We absolutely love this color for sofa chairs, decorations, or a wall color. Garnet Red needs a powerful place for its compelling look. 
  6. Plum. If you are looking for a deeper shade than garnet red, plum purple is the shade for you. This rich color is soothing to look at and provides a full body of drama in one shade. The deep plum may be too dark for a wall color but works well for decorations and accent pieces.

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