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