Do you feel more invigorated during the summer months? Do longer, lighter days and the warmth of the sun energize you? By strategically using the right colors in your home, you can create feelings of warmth and vitality all year long!
Red, orange and yellow, arranged side by side on the color wheel, are considered “warm” colors. Great for reflecting natural light in a room, these hues are also said to advance, meaning they appear to come forward, creating a cozier and more intimate space. From the boldest red to the creamiest yellow, all three colors offer a wide range of shades that will brighten and refresh any room.
Red: In its purest form, red is all about passion, heat and energy. It’s also very versatile and can run the gamut from elegantly traditional to dramatically contemporary. Even in a softer pink, it can be a standout accent in an otherwise neutral room. Red beautifully complements a spectrum of greens, and is an excellent color for the dining room – studies have shown that it actually stimulates the appetite!
Orange: Think vitality, health and adventure. Pure orange – unless it’s in a bold, contemporary setting or used in small, bright accents – may be overwhelming to many people. If so, consider more muted shades like terracotta, apricot or even a classy copper. Colorists believe that orange stimulates us mentally, makes us more sociable, and is a great color for spaces designed for receiving guests.
Yellow: We most often associate yellow with happiness and sunshine. Just like red and orange, yellow can be fatiguing to the eye, but becomes more versatile as it is toned down to more pale, ochre or golden tones. In moderation, yellow can provide a bright, fresh accent and combines well with other colors for a powerful impact. Yellow is said to increase self-esteem and strengthen overall wellbeing, but be careful! In strong doses, it can have the opposite effect.
Remember! Even colors that are considered “cool” or “neutral” can warm up when mixed with the right color. Consider adding yellow to a deep green for a bright and energetic shade. Or, warm up purple by mixing it with red or pink. Even white comes in a number of “warmer” shades, many of them slightly creamier and more yellow than their blue and grey-based counterparts.