Cold, warm, monochromatic, neutral … the colours really differ from each other. If you put them together without thinking, they would counteract and you may wonder what the problem is.
A colour can have either a yellow or a blue undertone. In the first case, it is called a warm colour, and in the second case, it is a cold colour.
It sounds simple, but how can you determine the undertone? Look at the classic colour range and you can notice the differences between e.g. the shades of green. Those closer to blue are reminiscent of the deep sea, while the ones closer to yellow evoke the fresh spring grass.
Green is not the only colour that can be either worm or cold. The same applies e.g. to brown or purple, so you should not make the common mistake and you should not simply purchase the furnishings in different shades of brown while supposing, they will automatically suit together.
How Do They Affect Us?
In general, the cold colours give the calm feel to the room, while the warm ones stimulate. However, this rule is obviously too simple and does not reflect the inexhaustible range of colours and the complexity of the human psyche, so you cannot take it as the Word of God. You should rather take it as an advice to use at the moments, you are unsure how or where to start choosing from.
The choice also depends on the effect you want to achieve. For example, a kitchen full of warm colours can stimulate the appetite of many people, but the colours of the food itself get lost a bit sometimes. On the contrary, a cold-tuned kitchen lets the food stand out and it creates more sense of purity.
Pay attention to the colours used e.g. in logos of famous brands. The food or restaurant brands often use warm colours, because they should act vigorous and encouraging and they should evoke the atmosphere of a shared experience.
What Does It Mean For Your Apartment?
The rooms that should be calm will probably look better in cold shades. This does not mean, of course, that you bedroom needs to look like a deep forest pool, but the cold shades of brown and beige, or gray or dim blue colour, would be beneficial there.
The same applies to the bathroom, where you often want relax, above all. You should be just careful here not to make it too cold, aw no one likes to feel freezing in the bathtub…
If you like warm colours, reserve them for the living room, the dining room or the children’s room, above all. These rooms should look lively, support the communication among the family members and provide them with energy.
Tip: Are you afraid, that the bedroom in cold colours would not be good for you intimate life? You need not worry, as you can add a few warm accessories in the form of lamps, candles or images, and the seductive atmosphere will be back!
The Black And White Combination Is Not “Silent”
The combination of black and white is usually perceived as the basic, simple and unobtrusive, however it is not quite true. Black and white form the strongest contrast that can be achieved and therefore they attract a lot of attention. They are however treacherous when you are working with a small space or if you want to give it a symmetrical shape.
You should also keep in mind, that in reality, black is never completely black and white will never be a pure white. It all depends on the light reflection and on the colour of the light. A black wall, being viewed almost exclusively from a side, will appear rather gray.
What Is Actually Neutral?
You can often read about the neutral colours and their use. But when we are meticulous, the neutral colours are hard to define. The basic definition says, they should not have a significant warm or cold undertone, but it naturally does not mean, they exist in a supernatural space away from other colours. It means that neither type of undertone is predominant in them.
In practice, it is much trickier to determine if the shade is really neutral. It is best to compare it with an obviously cold and an obviously warm colour and then try to guess, to which of them it suits better, or if it suits to both about the same.
The neutral colours are a great foundation for every interior, where the colourfulness is not desirable. You can enjoy the colours on the accessories, cushions, lampshades or small pieces furniture, but the “canvas” of your room will remain reassuring and stable.
A special kind of neutral foundation is the monochromatic combinations. They are automatically neither cold nor warm, their neutrality stems from the fact that they are the different shades of the same colour. In this case, keep in mind the need to maintain one style of colour: hot, cold, or something exactly on the border.