Color Palette: Freshen Up Your Palette

Since I started fixing up my back patio I’ve been thinking about mixing warm & cool colors, specifically cool blue textiles with warm pink, orange and yellow flowers.  I think it keeps a color palette fresh and exciting, and throws in a dose of the unexpected which always helps to keep a room young and vibrant.  The Room of the Week is a great example of this mix.  It has warm woods and white, and then that gorgeous cool green island.  Mixing warm and cool colors makes for anything but a lukewarm color palette.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re mixing:

  • Keep things from getting too crazy and add some neutral ground.  ex: gray, white or black
  • Try using a cool and warm version of the same color.  ex: a warm pink and a cool fuchsia
  • Keep the palette completely warm or cool, then throw in ONE opposite color.  ex: warm browns and yellows, with a pop of cool blue.
  • Remember that colors can be relative.  A blue that seems cool next to a warm brown, suddenly looks warm next to an icy blue.

I wanted to show you some good examples this type of color palette.  I pulled some pieces from some of my current favorite artists…I hope this helps and inspires!

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SOURCES: 1. Matthew Korbel-Bowers | 2. Emily Green | 3. Art & People | 4. Lulu DK | 5. Esther Stewart | 6. Luli Sanchez | 7. Katherine Sandoz

I tend to use mostly warm colors in my house, but I’m ready to throw in something cool…just in time for summer!

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