How to Combine Warm + Cool Colors like an Expert in Your Home
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How to Combine Warm + Cool Colors like an Expert in Your Home

Putting color in your home can be a big commitment, but that doesn’t mean you should stick to all-beige-everything. To choose the perfect colors for your home, you only need to know two things: There are warm and cool colors. Warm colors are stimulating and work really well in the social rooms of your house, such as the living room, dining room and kitchen. Cool colors are more calming and work best in private rooms where concentration, tranquility and rest are most important, like the bedroom, office and nursery. Check out these 15 examples of warm and cool color rooms, and soon you’ll be combining color like a pro.

1. White Wall Warm: You don’t have to paint every wall orange to create a warm color palette. This light and bright library has a warm palette thanks to wooden floors, warm gray furniture and bronze accents. (via Domaine Home)

2. Red Kitchen: Reds, yellows, oranges and beige or creamy colors are warm colors. In this kitchen, cranberry red walls and wooden floors create a cozy mood. (via Apartment Therapy)

3. Cool Kitchen: A blue kitchen can feel clean and elegant, but if it’s a little too cool for your tastes, you can always add some warmth with metallic accents. (via Refinery 29)

4. Check the Undertones: A gray kitchen can go either warm or cool, depending on the undertones in your paint. Make sure to consider your kitchen accessories and any colored appliances when you’re picking a new paint color. (via Style Me Pretty)

5. Mixing Colors: When you think about tone, you can combine two colors on the opposite side of the temperature scale for even more variety. This pretty bathroom uses cool pinks to balance out the blues and lavender. The pop of red adds some warmth for balance. (via Domaine Home)

6. All-White Warmth: Gold accents add sizzle while wood and a fur blanket add warmth to this all-white bathroom. (via Lonny)

7. Blues Bedroom: Blues, cool browns and grays are calming, focusing and soothing, which make them perfect bedroom colors. Of course, if you’re looking to spark up some drama, go for that all-red bedroom. (via Apartment Therapy)

8. Warm Accents: Even though this bedroom is mostly neutral, the bed boasts a fabulous color display. The orange, pinks and yellows all work together with the fur blanket, thanks to their warm undertones. (via Miou)

9. Green and Gray: Two unlikely colors work together beautifully when they share a warm undertone. Here, a deep green and pale gray create a calm and natural feel. (via Lucyina Moodie)

10. Earth Tones: You don’t need pops of color to indicate your room is warm or cool. Subtle earth tones of copper, taupe and dark brown create a warm room without a bit of red or orange. (via Domaine Home)

11. Modern Look: Cool colors tend be associated with a modern style, while warmer colors are more often used when creating a traditional, country or rustic home. (via Domaine Home)

12. Rosy Shades: Not ready to commit to painting your walls? Painting the inside of your bookshelves is a fun way to introduce some color. This rosy red brings extra warmth to a neutral wall. (via Lonny)

13. Navy Cool: Dark blue is technically a cool color, but a deep shade of navy evokes a cozy feeling in this colorful guest bedroom. (via One Kings Lane)

14. Either Way: Some colors — like this mint green — can go either warm or cold depending on what other colors and textures you add to it. This kitchen keeps things warm with a solid wooden island and gold accessories. (via House Beautiful)

15. Royal Purple: Cool grays and shades of purple give this living room an air of sophistication and elegance. (via One Kings Lane)

Which color palettes do you prefer: cool and modern or warm and cozy? Talk to us in the comments below!