How to Mix Warm and Cool Colors in a Room


Learning how to balance warm and cool colors in your home is a designer’s top secret to achieving an attractive and balanced look.

When it comes to interior design, the art of mixing warm and cool colors is essential in creating a space that feels balanced and inviting. So yes, you absolutely can mix warm and cool tones, but there’s a way to do it.

Can You Mix Warm and Cool Colors in a Room?

Tension means deliberately creating a contrast in a room to make it more interesting and dynamic.  Rooms that lack tension lack creativity and imagination. They are rote, predictable, and uninspiring.

The Art of Creating Tension While Designing a Room

I personally am drawn mainly to cool tones, since I gravitate towards more of a modern coastal design aesthetic. But too many cool tones in one space can feel cold and uninviting, while too much warmth might just feel like it’s missing something.

Should I Use Mainly Warm or Cool Tones?

The color wheel is a visual representation of colors arranged in a circular format, allowing you to see the relationships between them. The color wheel is divided into two main categories: warm colors and cool colors.

Understanding Warm and Cool Colors

If you have a room with predominantly cool walls, add warmth with furniture and textiles in warmer hues. The easiest way to do this is to bring in wood tones. Light to medium toned woods creating a beautiful warm contrast with cooler tones like whites, blues and greens.

How to Create Balance and Contrast

The rich velvet chairs in this stunning ochre color had the contrast that this room needs to really pop. Everything else is kept light and neutral so that the chairs are the main focal point to create the tension.

Working with Different Furnishings and Accessories