How to create contrast between warm and cool textures

You’ve probably heard and read tons of tips on how to contrast and complement warm and cool colours, but have you ever though of doing that with textures? No? Well, it’s definitely a good but challenging idea, and here’s exactly how you can do it:


1. Dull and dull

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Here’s the thing about warm textures: they don’t have to be bright and popping in order to have a huge and charismatic presence. In fact, they can be dull and appealing at the same time. So matching a dull warm-hued texture with a dull cold-hued one can make your spaces look absolutely original. The kitchen design in this image does it brilliantly by combining wooden laminates and marble backsplash.


2. Matching dark and bright 

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Another way you can have fun with warm and cool textures is by pairing the warm bright ones with the simple cool ones. Don’t understand? Well the bedroom in this image is the perfect example. It used the navy blue feature wall as the cool texture and pairs it with the bright warm-hued wood texture to create a balanced and attractive ambiance.


3. Classic white on wood

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There is a reason why the white on wood combination is always instantly iconic. The cool reflective qualities of the white hue are totally unparalleled. On the other hand wood has a naturally attractive charm that stands out even more warmly against the whites. This bedroom interior design has definitely made the most of this combination by creating a harmonized look between the two simple and tactile textures.


4. Shapes vs. texture

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Visual weight of different colours plays a huge role in the combination of warm and cool textures. Since warm colours usually have a very heavy and attractive appeal, they tend to be balanced out better with cool colours that have a little charisma of their own. This dining room does it nicely by featuring a rough exposed brick texture in cool colours, and balancing it with the powerful presence of wood.


5. Mixing it up with lighting

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Who says that textures have to be actually tangible? You can even use lighting to introduce warm or cool accents in a certain interior design. The ceiling design in this image is a great example of how to translate this concept. The grey beams represent the cool texture, while the warm temperature of the light fixture balance it with a warm texture.


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