This page contains affiliate links, meaning we receive a commission if you decide to make a purchase through our links, but this is at no additional cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.
What are the Warm Colors and How to Use Them?
Using color is essential in any part of our lives; warm colors have a different effect then cool colors on our psychology and the ambiance you wanted to create.
Distinguishing warm colors will create a considerable effect on the choices you make. Matching undertones and knowing which colors perfectly fit together is all about understanding warm and cool hues.
I know many stories about people choosing a white color to paint their homes. In the end, they dont like it.
The reason for this is every color and material has its unique undertones. If you don’t know how to figure out what is a warm hue, of course, you can make some mistakes.
I want to discuss the warm colors definition. Then, there are warm neutral colors; you should easily recognize them.
Lastly, I mention how warm hues affect our feelings and when to use them in your designs.
# Color Wheel and Warm Colors
There are three primary colors, blue, red, and yellow. These primary color mixtures create other colors.
Secondary colors are created by 50/50 mixture of primary colors; in the color wheel, other colors are placed between secondary and primary hues.
That means the other color components will have to use more in one of the primary colors.
Let me explain differently; if you use more red to create purple, it will become magenta. If you use more blue when creating purple, it will become a violet color.
Warm colors are; red, yellow, and orange. In that case, if you use more red in purples, you achieve warm undertone colors.
The logic behind understanding warm hues is that simple. When you use the color wheel colors between purple and red, yellow and green are warm undertone colors.
# Warm Undertone Neutral Colors
Neutral colors are divided from the color wheel, but they all have undertones. Truly understanding neutral color undertones are essential if you are decorating with warm colors.
It will look odd if you choose cool neutrals to your warm hues for the home decor.
Warm neutral colors have undertones red, beige, orange, or yellow. It is hard to recognize the undertones, only looking at a sample of that color. If it is a lighter hue, it will be harder to understand.
Simplest and quickest way to understand it is to look at the most saturated version of that color. If you saw darker shades of that color, it will give hints. Then you can confidently understand it is grey-blue or red.
Designer’s Tips: The paint chip’s bottom will show the most saturated forms of colors in that sheen.
# How to Use Warm Hues
The psychological effect of warm hues on us is to bring energy and warm-up space. If you want to create a cheerful and socializing space or design, try to work with warm color palettes.
Red can awaken intense emotions such as love, passion, and power. However, if you want to use warm colors for the bedroom such as red, too much red may disturb your sleep.
Rather than using warm hues as a primary color, use them as an accent. Too much bright warm hues can tire your eyes.
Orange can brings excitement and socialization into space.
Yellow is one of the happiest colors. However, saturated forms of yellow can make a baby cry.
You can confidently use warm hues to create an intimate and smaller feeling. Warm colors paints will make your room feel cozier.
Using warm hues in big and empty (don’t have enough furnishing) room is a trick that we designer uses to make it feel like a home and cozy.
Go for analogous color schemes and try to create different color palettes. The more you make, the better you can accomplish.
You will be surprised about your color palettes’ harmony if you use the same undertones in neutrals and colors. You won’t want to stop creating.
What is your favorite warm color?