Summer colors: Cool tones for warm weather
Color is a powerful thing that tells a story. Each hue and tone can inspire a thought or feeling that can change the atmosphere effortlessly. In the summer, for example, the sunshine and hot temperatures makes you eager for something cold and refreshing. So instead of surrounding yourself in a warm color palette, you can revitalize with cool tones that spark a sense of tranquility.
It’s helpful to understand the difference between warm and cool colors, especially if you plan on redecorating your home for a new season. For those who want to reshape a room or change the entire color scheme in your house, let’s take a look at how certain colors are perceived and different ways to spread them throughout your design this summer:
Warm colors vs. cool tones
According to Apartment Therapy, warm colors are stimulating. Hues of red, orange, yellow and bright white each have a quality of warmth that makes you crave them when you feel exhilarated or, in its simplest form, warm. These hues are often used in advertisements and they also tend to color the walls of restaurants and bars, all in an effort to stimulate you to buy something.
On the other end of the spectrum – literally – cool colors are more calm and tranquil. Shades of browns, grays, purples, greens and blues as well as toned down off whites inspire us to focus and stay peaceful and comfortable. The uniforms of police officers and flight attendants are often shades of blue. Additionally, rooms like the nursery, office and bedroom can benefit from cool tones to initiative calmness and focus.
How to use cool colors in summer home design
Hot summer days can be exhausting. Throw in too many warm colors in your home design and you might find yourself feeling claustrophobic. If you’re interested in redecorating while it’s still hot outside, consider the following tips for incorporating cool tones:
On the patio – Invest in new patio furniture covers in shades of blue or violet. You can also cover the foundation in fresh greenery to create a serene outdoor oasis on a warm, busy day.
In the living room – Create a space for your guests to escape to when it’s just too hot to hang out in the sunshine. You can invest in gorgeous nature-inspired wall art and accessories like bamboo flower vases and wooden plant tables.
“Cooking in a space that sparks inspiration can make your meals better.”
In the kitchen – Cooking in a space that sparks inspiration can make your meals better than ever. Consider growing your own herbs and hanging them in a planter that lines your kitchen wall. You can also decorate with shades of green and purple – a large area rug can keep the floor tidy and stylish.
In the bedroom – Whether you’re redecorating your own bedroom or getting ready to design the nursery for your soon-to-be baby, cool tones of blue and gray make the perfect color palette, encouraging a calm, tranquil area for sleep.
Get a second opinion
The art of color in design can be a complicated matter. If you’re still not sure how to use cool tones in your home this summer, contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she can come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your space and offer insight based on the colors you’re considering. From there, he or she will provide suggestions for hues and how to use them in decor, furniture and more.
Don’t let the heat get the best of you and your home this summer. Call a design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors today!