Color is energy. The color we see with our eyes carries with it a vibration that triggers emotions in us. So it is crucial that you not only choose the colors that “match” what is going on in your room or in your wardrobe ensemble but that these colors also brighten your mood.
One of the energies we need to pay attention to when decorating our home and to some extend even our wardrobe is the temperature of the color. Every color of the rainbow comes in either a warm or cool tone. This first photo is the basic color wheel. There are just three colors that all other colors are made from and they are The Primary Colors of red, yellow and blue. If a color is “warm” it will have more yellow in it and if it is “cool” it will have more blue in it. The 6 large colors are “true” meaning they are not blended to create warm or cool tones. Just looking at this color wheel you can see where the temperature varies naturally with each color; red, orange, yellow = warm and green, blue, purple = cool.
With the blending of yellow + green we begin to see the warming of green and green + blue we see natural cool green becomes even cooler with the addition of blue. This color wheel makes it look simple but it can be a bit more difficult to pick the temperature out once you get to the paint store.
In this photo I combined a group of colors in the style of a color wheel but notice how in each color swatch there are variations in temperature. Can you pick out where some are “true” color and when they begin to go “yellow/warm” or “blue/cool?” It can be very subtle or very obvious so I recommend you bring many paint samples home with you if you are matching what is already in your room.
Lighting will affect a color as well. If you took a true red and put it in an office where there is only fluorescent lighting it will appear “cool” in temperature because florescent lights are cool. But take it home and it will appear “warm” because the incandescent light of most homes is yellow. This is why it is challenging to match up your furniture selections from showroom which is fluorescent lighting with items in your home which is incandescent.
Rule of Thumb: carry your color swatches with you when you shop. If your colors look good together in fluorescent light then when you get them home they will look good in your home lighting as well.
Also, as you make purchase especially of upholstered items ask for fabric swatches for your project book. Carpet samples, upholstery samples, drapery fabric, pillow fabric, and paint samples are just an example of what you will want to start collecting to keep your home color in harmony.
So, are you warm or cool in color tone? The warm colors of red, orange (my favorite) and yellow appeal to me most often but since I live in hot Arizona I have mostly cool tones in my home, otherwise it feels too darn hot!! 🙂
’till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach©