Balancing Warm and Cool Colors Like a Pro
Mixing warm and cool tones, when done thoughtfully, creates an intriguing environment that allows the eye to flow seamlessly throughout the space. Different color temperatures evoke different emotions. Using warm and cool colors together can elicit an amazing effect of balance and harmony in any space.
When to Warm it Up
Warm colors, including red, orange, and yellow, can stimulate stronger emotions. Warm colors are great to use in active or social spaces, such as a kitchen, living room, or dining room.
This dining room we designed has an overall warm palette. Notice how the subtle hints of cool colors break up the space and keep your eye moving!
Want to Cool it Down?
Cool colors such as blue, green, and purple are great for more passive spaces like bathrooms and bedrooms. They promote calm and tranquil environments.
We love how this modern, chic bedroom came together! The cool tones are perfectly balanced with the warm subtleties in the wood elements.
Okay, but How?
You are probably thinking, okay, great, but how do I pull this off?? A great place to start is the 60-30-10 rule. Sixty percent of the space should be one color; this will typically be the wall color. Thirty percent, furniture or cabinetry, another color, and the remaining ten percent should be the accent colors found in accessories.
This beautiful master bathroom we designed is the perfect example of the 60-30-10 rule.
You Got This!
Balancing warm and cool colors can be tricky, but when you get it right, you will know! The space will feel tranquil with the perfect amount of warmth. Don’t be afraid to go bold with the opposing color temperatures. If you are going for more of a cool, coastal vibe, warm it up with some orange, yellow, or wood-tone accents.
If you can’t seem to hone in on the perfect warm and cool combo, step outside. Look at a beautiful landscape, and you will see how natural and effortless these colors come together. Take a picture and let it be the inspiration for your color palette.