How to Warm Up or Cool Down a Room with Color

Updated: Apr 25

Ever wonder why you feel more comfortable in different rooms? We respond to colors by feeling them. We feel different emotions to different colors. Let's discuss warm and cold colors and where to use them. There are warm colors and cool colors, which room needs the warm colors as a primary color, which room will need the cool colors as a primary color?

Warm Colors

How to Warm Up a Room

What if you live up north where the climate changes and winters feel long. You may prefer to select the warm colors—red, orange, and yellow. You might also choose the “earth colors” —the browns, orange browns, and yellow browns. These warm colors will warm up the room on those chilly winter nights. You may choose to use plenty of warm colors if the room is facing the north and does not receive a lot of sunlight.

Warm colors are red orange, and yellow. Think fire, the sun and colors of autumn leaves. Related to them is a group of colors we call the "earth" colors. These are the browns, reddish brown, orange brown. These too, are warm color, and will be used frequently when wanting to produce a warm, earthy mood.

Cool Colors

How to Cool Down a Room

If the room is a poolside sun-room in Florida, for example; you might consider bright blues and greens. If the room is in the south of the house and receives plenty of sunlight, you might want to add more cool down colors to balance the room.

Cool colors are your blues, greens, purples. Think of icy blue, frigid green depths of the ocean and lips turning purple on a cold day.

Black and Whites

White is a cool color and black is a warm color. Adding white to a warm color, like red will make it a cooler shade. Adding black to a cool color will warm it up like greens made darker.

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