How To Combine Warm And Cool Tones In An Interior Design

Every color has a certain ‘temperature.’ For instance, normal temperatures  is categorized as ‘warm’ and ‘cool.’ Warm colors are those with a lot of visual weight that runs the gamut of red through yellows, including browns and tans.

Meanwhile, cool colors are those which come between blues and greens on the color wheel. These are comparatively dull in vivacity, which makes them cooler in temperature.

The best interior designs are those which feature a fine combination of both warm and cool colors in the same space. Today we will be sharing a few tips on how you can combine warm and cool color tones in your interior design.



1. Between the walls, ceilings and floor

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There are basically three dimensions that make up a space; the walls, the floor and the ceiling. Since warm colors are vivid, and have a solid visual weight, they are applied on the floor and s feature element of the wall design. You can add a few splashes through furniture too, but the traditionally, the ceiling and walls are lighter in designed in cooler shades.


2. Should the feature wall be warm or cool?

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The idea behind the feature wall is to create an element that stands out the most in the interior design. If you do a visual comparison of warm and cool colors, you will notice that warm colors are more attractive and unique. So this is why the accent or feature wall is designed in warm colors most of the time. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. If you want to design a feature wall in cool colors than that is possible too – just make sure the colors have sufficient amount of visual weight.



3. Distributing the visual weight

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Warm colors conventionally have more visual weight than cool colors. This is why you have to walk a fine line when designing the overall color scheme of the interior design. The warm colors are going to be used less than the cool colors.



4. With patterns and lighting

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A great way to use warm and cool colors in an interior design is by invoking patterns and clever lighting techniques. The trick here is selecting the right background color. This background color can be white, blue or even a light shade of green. You can use warm colors in the form of patterned table cloths along with warm lighting in dim gold accents as foreground to that cool colored backdrop.



5. Of textures and contrast

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Warm and cool colors always have decent contrast. Once is high is visual density and the other has a lighter visual weight. So when you want to add in textures, it is always going to be through warm colors. For example, you can introduce wooden textures (which are warm in intensity) along with white laminates (which are cool) in the same space.

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