How to use Warm and Cool colours in interior design

Moretti Blog   •   January 24, 2018

How to use Warm and Cool colours

Colours are a fundamental element when designing a new room or a full house, they change the way we experience a space, how we connect with it and they have a big role when creating the mood and the atmosphere of the space.

Colour is a very wide concept to explore but in this article, we would like to talk about how to use Warm and Cool colours and the difference between warm and cool colours that will help you when creating a colour scheme.

Let’s start from the established colour wheel and from its so-called primary colours, such as red, yellow and blue, called primary as all the variety of other hues is achieved by mixing these three colours.

Colour wheel chart can help us to understand the general categories of warm and cool colours that how we will see later in the article are not so fixed.

The colour wheel chart is divided into two main categories: warm and cool. You can grasp the meaning associating the warm colours with the sun, as a source of life and warmth for all.  So traditionally warm colours are red, orange and yellow. On the other hands, if we think of cool snowy mountains, for example, we get the cool hues: green, blue and violet.  The basic colours wheel is split into two halves, a warm half and a cool half.

What is important to have in mind when it comes to the interior design is that warm colours tend to advance, meaning tend to convey the space cosier and to reduce the space while the cool colours tend to recede meaning expanding a room or space.

Cool and warm colour general difference

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