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Strike a Balance: Combining Warm and Cool Tones

Design Trends

It's easy to merge warm colors with other warm colors and cool colors with other cool colors in monochromatic or analogous schemes, but combining warm and cool tones properly takes planning and an eye for details. Using the right mix of warm and cool colors in a way that's balanced, attractive and harmonious is one of those painting tips for designers that always benefits from a refresher course.
Natural: For designers looking for a fresh perspective on cool and warm combinations, a look out the window is instant inspiration. Nature knows exactly how to blend warm browns and cool purples with the earthy bark on trees accented by vivid violet blooms. This theme translates inside with earth tone neutrals on walls or furniture and bright color accents from pillows and upholstery.

Wood warmth: Natural wood brings warm tones to any space. The look and feel of wood is calm and cozy, and bringing in cool tones of blue, purple or green through paint or textiles achieves a lovely balance.

Metallic elements: Neutral tones of gray sometimes read cool, but warming them up is simple with metallic elements. Gold leaf and brass finishes create warmth and enhance the beauty of any wooden tones in the room.

Complementary colors: A combination of complementary colors in a room brings instant energy into a space. Using colors that sit across each other on the color wheel is a classic idea among painting tips for designers. The cool teal of a pillow on a warm orange leather chair catches the eye. 

Textile inspiration
: Looking at textile patterns is great inspiration for combining cool and warm tones in a room. A space with a cool-colored wall receives instant punch from a warm patterned pillow. A rich brown chair elegantly balances a cool blue sofa or loveseat.

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