In last Tuesday’s post I mentioned that every color comes in both cool and warm tones. You may not have noticed this but I assure you the affect has influenced you. To keep it simple I will use a color wheel to demonstrate this affect.
The Color Wheel
Fun Fact: every color that we see with our human eyes is actually the one that is missing. Yep. When you see “green” it is green that is absent in that item. We see color because the vibration of white light is broken or refracted and the effect isolates the vibration so that the one missing creates the hue we see. We see this affect when we view a rainbow. The water crystals refract and separate the vibrating colors in the light of the sun. Each color we see in the rainbow is the vibration that has been separated out.
Another Fun Fact is that there are only three colors! Yep. It is from these three colors that all other colors are created. These three colors are called Primary Colors and they are Red – Blue – Yellow. As you can see on the color wheel picture; it is from these three that we get orange – green – violet. As we continue to mix and blend we get more versions of the basic three.
So what temperature are the Big Three? Yellow and Red are warm and Blue is cool…except when blue is added to yellow or red then they become cool versions of these shades. When mixing colors the amount matters. If you have 2/3 blue mixed with red it will be a blue-red or a cool red. If you mix 2/3 red with blue it will be a red-blue or a cool red.
Now that you have a general idea of what colors you naturally gravitate toward I want you to notice what “temperature” your colors are. As you select items with color it’s not enough to say I am going with blue, or red, or gray. All color comes in one of three “temperatures” they are either warm colors, cool colors or neutral. Generally speaking you will want to choose all cool versions OR all warm versions of your color scheme or your color scheme will feel inharmonious.
It is important when selecting colors for your home that you choose them all in the same kind of light. Remember color is a vibration so it will look different in various sources of light. Incandescent light (what most homes have) is warm/yellow and fluorescent light (what most stores have) is cool/blue and they will add this temperature effect to your selections. You will want to use the same kind of lighting that you have for the room you are decorating when making your color choices and if you can make your final selections in this room all the better. Some companies will let you borrow their samples so you can see them in your home and others will send out shop-at-home sales reps with their samples.
You will notice as you look at a collection of hues that not all yellows, or blues or greens go together well. This is because some are on the warm side of the color wheel and some on the cool side. Cool colors work together and warm work together and rarely are they mixed with good affect.
To see this affect in full force go visit a paint store or paint department of a home improvement store and look at the wall of paint chips. Stand at a distance and you can tell where the cool versions of a color are and the warm versions are. Now pick one card of each of the same color, say green which is naturally cool and hold them together. Can you see and even feel how they clash? Clashing colors give off discordant energy and make us feel poorly. So stay all warm or all cool in your color scheme or a mix of one with neutral will work as well.
If you live in a cold part of the world you might find you gravitate toward warm color schemes and if you live in a hot part of the world like I do in Arizona you might find you prefer cool color schemes.
‘till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach