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Warm and Cool Colors

Warm and Cool Colors – Psychology of Color

If there is only one thing that you can remember about interior design and decorating color theory and the psychology of colors, it should be warm and cool colors. It is incredibly useful and relatively simple to remember.
Understanding some basic principals of color psychology can help us create interior rooms to suit the moods that we want to create. A great example is using red to make a cosy study, warm deep enclosing reds walls work well here. So make sure you remember the definitions of warm and cool colors and how you can use them to your advantage to create harmonious interactive interiors.

Warm and Cool Colors

The reds, yellows and oranges of the color wheel are referred to as the warm colors, these colors give the effect of creating more adrenaline, raising your blood pressure, increasing your rate of breath and therefore increasing your temperature, making you feel warm. Obviously, the stronger the color the more intense the effect.

Warm Colors of the Color Wheel

The greens and blues of the color wheel are referred to as the cool colors; these slow our heartbeat, relax our muscles and lower our temperature, making us feel cool. Violet can appear warm or cool depending on the proportions of the parent colors. With a larger proportion of blue it would appear cool, and with a larger proportion of red, a warm appearance.

Cool Colors of the Color Wheel

There are variations of each hue, as we know from the addition of black and white producing shades and tints, the lighter the hue becomes it generally becomes cooler. When adding a small amount of a cooler hue to a red it produces a cool red, adding a small amount of a warmer hue to green it will create a warm green.

So go back to the top and read this again, and make sure you are familiar with warm and cool colors.

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