Tips for Decorating With Warm Colors
Is fall your favorite season? Do you love the way the shades of red, yellow, orange, and even brown blend together to create something so beautiful each year? If you enjoy these warm colors, you may have considered decorating your home with them. Of course, nature does all the work to make the trees look beautiful. The job is up to you if you decide to decorate your home with the same shades. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to begin.
These tips and tricks will help you create the warm color scheme decor of your dreams:
Plan for the Size of the Room
Because warm colors are often darker in hue, they tend to make a room look smaller. For this reason, it is important to consider the size of the room you’re styling when deciding on a color scheme and how much of it to incorporate. If you are decorating a large living space, such as a living room or master bedroom, the warm tones can make the room appear cozier and more pulled together. On the other hand, adding too many dark colors to a small room can make it become too small. If you decide to use this type of color scheme in a smaller room, stick to one or two colors in the same shade and mix it with white to balance it out.
Add Your Warm Colors in Layers
Even in a smaller room, a single warm-toned piece of furniture, rug, or drape won’t be enough to truly pull your color scheme together. To make the room cohesive without overdoing it, add your color in layers instead of using a single centerpiece. To do this, use similar shades of the same color throughout the room, such as in patterned rugs, on patterned drapes, or as a focal wall in a room. Employing the same shade in multiple parts of the room creates the aesthetically pleasing decor you imagined. For added oomph, layer patterns such as chevron and horizontal stripes as well.
Decide Where You Want Your Energy
Psychology shows that warm color palettes tend to create more energy in people, which means you want to think carefully about where you use them. For example, if you want your kids to go to bed well every night, energizing colors may not be the best choice for their bedrooms. You may also want to avoid them in your master bathrooms, personal bedrooms, or anywhere else that is meant to be a calming, zen environment more than a stimulating one.
Try Shades of Green
When it comes to the warm colors of autumn, most people don’t think of green. However, dark green hues are the perfect earth tone color palette for a room that you want to come across as natural yet sophisticated and elegant. Choosing only warm colors may make a room look too “bright,” but deep green hues are darker and evoke thoughts of forest trees, succulent plants, and other beautiful scenes from nature. Pair with natural wood colors and black tones to keep a room elegant, modern, and ready to be the center of attention in your home.
Use Paint Samples First
All paint tends to look different in the store than it would in your home, but that can be especially true of warm colors. What looks rich and beautiful under a store’s harsh lighting may look too dark or drab in your home’s lighting, which is likely dimmer. For this reason, it is important to purchase paint samples and try them out in your home.
You may be tempted to skip this step, especially if you are set on a specific shade. Unfortunately, you’ll be out a lot of money if you purchase lots of paint that you then decide you don’t like. Try the samples at home and look at them in various lighting settings and at different times of the day to ensure you love the colors you choose all the time and not just in one specific situation.
Make Your Warm Color Scheme Easy To Change
Of course, there’s no rule that says you need to paint or add wallpaper or even buy new furniture to adhere to your new warm color scheme in your home. In fact, you can add to it in a variety of ways that allow you to slightly or completely change your interior decor or even move it to a new room when you get the urge. Start with the drapes, some throw blankets and pillows, or even the wall art you choose. Pick items in your favorite warm colors.
If you want something larger and bolder, try adding a vintage or antique area rug in a warm color. Using warm colors for your portable decor and leaving your walls and main pieces of furniture in neutral colors makes it easier for you to change your interior design whenever you see fit.
Whether you want a modern rug and art for a modern room or you prefer your warm colors to be traditional or vintage, one thing is for sure. With these tips, you can’t go wrong when creating your warm interior decorating color scheme.