There are two types of people: those who love light and warm colors and, on the other hand, the ones that prefer dark or cold colors. In fact, according to color theory, practically all colors are divided into these two large groups. In the first group (the warm ones) there are red, orange, and yellow, and all the variations of those three colors, while the group of cold colors is made up of green, blue, and purple, and its variations. Only this statement assumes a very complex variety of decorative styles, designs and different personalities that can characterize a particular place. Some very famous pieces such as the Noguchi table, for example, can be manufactured in totally different shades of colors depending on the environment where the piece will be placed.
Given this wide variety of options, it’s best to define a style for the design in general that the site to be remodeled is going to have. The better defined it is, the easier it’ll be to select the colors that will bring the design to life. For example, the Mid-Century Modern Style is characterized by vibrant colors such as olive, cocoa, yellow gold, blue seafoam, wasabi, etc. Usually, when someone chooses this style to decorate their spaces, they make use of these colors both for the tone of their walls and for their furniture, ornaments, and elements in general that will shape the design. This may make the process somewhat simpler, but nevertheless, there is a clear possibility that these are not the person’s preferred colors or those with which they are most identified. Therefore, it’s important to know the advantages of choosing a warm color instead of a cool one and vice versa, depending on the design to be implemented.
Warm Colors: Light, Shine, and Relaxation
Keep in mind something extremely important: the colors you choose will have a decisive role in the sensations that your design conveys. This palette is almost always recommended for large rooms, as they produce a cozy feeling. Warm colors are more associated with light, heightened emotions, passion and joy. A bright orange or an intense red can transmit a sensation of playfulness and heat. Besides, warm colors can be stimulating, and that’s the main reason why they are chosen in full-activity environments. A very large room feels better with a warm hue, as this makes it look more cozy, passionate, energetic.
In the same way, when it comes to influencing the temperature of a compartment, warm colors can make a notable difference in the way its inhabitants will perceive it. If the climate of your city is cold most of the year, you should opt for a palette dominated by warm colors. Warm colors are usually associated with the elements of nature that best transmit heat, such as light, fire, sun, even the colors of spring and summer. Choosing this color palette speaks of a cheerful, outgoing, and friendly personality.
Cool Colors: Elegance, Sobriety, Intimacy
Dark colors are recommended for places with very hot climates most of the year. These types of tones can make a room a more refreshing and peaceful place, as they remember the darkest seasons of the year: winter and autumn, and even the elements of nature associated with very low temperatures: ice, rain, snow. Frequently, they are recommended for rooms and compartments of small dimensions that are desired to appear larger. The effect of these tones on the people’s mood is not only a psychological illusion: in fact, colors are directly responsible for reflecting more or less light within a site and therefore, directly influence the temperature. Cold colors express an introverted, distant, and calm personality.
If none of the combinations you make with any tone derived from both groups satisfies you, remember that you can also use neutral colors: black, white or some variation of gray; however, these tones are recommended for very particular cases, since everything will depend on how much lighting is available and what exactly you want to convey with the design.
As you have noticed, choosing the ideal color for your decoration is not just a matter of tastes or trends. To achieve the ideal color scheme it’s necessary to take into account the environmental and climatic factors already mentioned, as well as the general meaning that you want to give to your design. The secret is to find the perfect balance between the amount of warm and cold colors that you are going to use, both for your furniture and your walls, and to achieve that this combination expresses the spirit of the style you want to convey as accurately as possible. You can experiment with different shades of your favorite colors and you will find the one that best meets your expectations.