The concept of warm and cool colors being the polar opposites of each other is a universally accepted one. They’re of contrasting temperatures, and are very challenging to use in the same space. You need to always carefully consider your color and material scheme by testing out the samples on your mood board to see if they complement each other when you’re using warm and cool colors in the same space. Here are a few tips on how you can combine these two opposing color schemes in a complementary manner.
The light powder blue color scheme of this living room area has been complemented by the distressed wooden shelving unit and TV console. The two color tones – blue and brown – are totally on different ends of the color wheel spectrum. One is cool and one is warm, but the careful combination of materials and design execution lends the space a cohesive Scandinavian style beauty.
2. Lighting undertones
This kitchen design has been carried out in clean, straight and austere white, chrome and grey colors. All of them are closer to the cooler end of the color spectrum. However, the undertones of dull gold lighting create beautiful highlights that are fiery and warm in contrast to the otherwise cold backdrop of the modern kitchen. It’s a subtle way to mix both color tones, but it looks highly gorgeous.
3. Going light
The oak wood and white laminate material combination of this interior design is an inspired one. While the cupboard is and wall paint represent the cool color scheme, while the oak wood textured crib and flooring represent the warm color scheme. Both have been combined in a beautiful manner to present a wholesome, visually pleasant space.
4. Textures of cream
The grey curtains and the teal colored bed headboard are an ode to the cool color scheme within this interior design. The warm colors have been used in a more tempered manner – the cream textured duvet, coupled with the wooden accents along the cupboard provide just the right amount of contrast to make this space seem balanced and harmonized.
5. With subtle accents
This bathroom features a uniquely charcoal and grey hued finish, which definitely falls under the cool category. However, the vanity has been designed to carry the warm tones in a subtle, but effective manner. This kind of a combination definitely provides a tighter, more visually cohesive interior design.