Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mixing Warm & Cool Tones

I could probably devote an entire blog to color theory, there is just so much to it! Here's a small, but important sliver of information about how to mix warm tones with cool tones. Listen up! 

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There are warm colors and then there are cool colors. THEN there are "hybrid" colors that can be either warm or cool. Let's take purple, for example. Magenta has more red in it making it warmer. Violet has more blue in it making it cooler. The wheel above breaks it down to the basics, but is a good reminder of the two sides. 

Warms colors are stimulating and are best used in rooms meant for socializing, like the family room. Cool colors are calming and are best used in rooms meant for relaxation, like the bedroom.

However, the most visually appealing rooms have a little bit of both warm and cool tones. For example, this bedroom is mostly cool tones [blue bedding, white walls, white frames, white accessories]. Yet, there are pops of warm tones [yellow/red curtains, gold accents, wood side table] to give the space balance. 

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This living room is very warm [beige walls, pink & yellow chairs, gold accents] yet there are a few pops of blue to maintain that balance. 

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But what happens when it comes to heavily neutral spaces? Or the ever-chic black & white combo? Well, let me tell you!

Black and white, though not technically colors [black consists of all colors, white is absent of color], do give a room a sense of warm [black] and cool [white] naturally. 

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In a heavily neutral room, one solution would be to add a small but bold pop of color, like a bright yellow, or green, or blue.

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If you're hoping to not introduce too much color into the space, try adding wood accents to add a little more warmth in a room full of grays and whites. 

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There's the breakdown! 
How are you mixing warm and cool tones? 

1 comment:

  1. My absolute favorite combo is black and white with hints of grey and natural woods. I love that look but I am also digging that kitchen with the yellow barstools!

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