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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 examples of warm and cool color rooms, and soon you’ll be combining color like a pro.


1. Periwinkle Cool: Purple is technically a cool color, but a lighter shade evokes a cozy feeling in this plant-filled living room. (via Brittany Makes)

2. White Wall Warm: You don’t have to paint every wall orange to create a warm color palette. This light and bright entryway have a warm palette thanks to wooden floors, warm wood furniture and gold accents, and an orange rug. (via Studio McGee)

3. Warm Accents: Even though this bedroom is mostly neutral, the bed boasts a fabulous pillow display. The orange and browns work together with the bright chair, thanks to all the warm undertones. (via Getty)

4. Rosy Shades: Not ready to commit to painting your walls? Introducing rosy hues like pinks and peaches brings extra warmth to a neutral space. (via 204 Park)

5. Sing the Blues: Bright blues combined with neutral whites are calming, focusing and soothing, which make them perfect paint colors. (via Getty)

6. Earth Tones: You don’t need pops of color to indicate your room is warm or cool. Subtle earth tones of brass, taupe and cognac brown create a warm room without a bit of red or orange. (via SF Girl by the Bay)

7. Blue Kitchen: In this kitchen, deep blue walls and tiled floors create a cool mood. (via Houseful of Handmade)

8. Royal Blue: Deep blues and greens give this bedroom an air of serious sophistication and elegance. (via Front + Main)

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9. 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)

10. 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)

11. 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)

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

13. 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)

14. 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)

Which color palettes do you prefer: cool and modern or warm and cozy? Tell us @BritandCo!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)