Just like a sunshine-filled day begs you to be out and about, or a rainy day calls you for curling up, the colors that fill our home have the same effect on our emotions. If you’re looking to get more intentional with how you connect to a room, channel the energy you’re envisioning by using the right tone – will it be warm, cool, or a balance of both?
Looking to Neutrals
Neutrals are having a moment that isn’t exclusive to a gray-and-white spectrum. We’ve watched them take on tinges of color, both subtle and bold, to create a collection of new neutrals that can lean warm or cool. These no-fuss hues can easily be played up or fade into the background, which brings a liberating look of versatility to your layout.
While the difference between warm neutrals and cool neutrals can often be subtle, it’s the little effects they carry that can make or break the way you’re connecting in a space.
Some places in the home are suitable for rest and relaxation, but warm colors are ready to be the life of the party. Whether it’s a golden brown like Shiitake or Stone Lion, these casual tones are stimulating, which makes them the perfect choice for social spaces. Painting areas like dining and family rooms in a warm hue can encourage your space to wake up and get the conversation flowing as you connect with the people.
Looking for time to unwind is an ideal way to end a busy day. When you’re creating that restorative place, cool colors are the perfect way to find refuge. Because cool hues like Proper Gray are best suited for personal areas, you can explore using them in quieter spaces like bedrooms and reading rooms. The ultimate goal is to create a sanctuary where your troubles and worries can fade away.
Balancing Between the Two
How can you tie a warm and cool look together? While these two tones each have benefits of their own, they can also pair up to create a space that feels fresh and relaxing all in the same breath. Keep the 80/20 rule in mind by using one color as your dominant tone and reserving the other as more of an accent color to your room.