When it comes to decoration you always hear the words "warm" and "cold" when discussing colours.
Well yes, I can with my brain study the nuances and learn the colour numbers in the palette they've been given, but in heart I never have a feeling of why a colour is considered "warm" and another one, slightly different, is considered "cold".
I'm about to paint my kitchen and hallway, or use some wallpapers. I haven't decided the colours yet though.
Is it easy for you? How should I think? I've wondered about the same wall colours, since these spaces are next to each other, and even if the colors of the two floors are different.
Warm and dark colours are advancing and tend to make a room look smaller; Cool/cold light colours are receding and tend to make a room look bigger.
The type of lighting you have in your home will also make a difference to how these colours appear...
The colour wheel is a good resource for suggesting complimentary or contrasting colour schemes.
Apologies,if you've already thought of the above. 😉
Thanks! I knew about the light and dark colours affecting how objects and rooms are experienced. It's enough to look at footballers outfit - white dressed players always look bigger.
Since I want my kitchen and hallway to look bigger I probably will go for some kind of white.
I didn't know warm colours and cold colous could affect the perception of size as well. For me, to pick a cold colour or a warm colour doesn't come naturally - since I don't know which one is which.
My brother is an artist and works with colours all day, so he's familiar with those colour wheels, complimentary colours and stuff. He speaks about it often. He probably could advice me.
I read somewhere you should only have two colours in each room, and preferably one colour of these two that you can see in every space throughout of the whole flat or house. Then use a complimentary colour, just one. So 3 colours then. This includes the furniture. I'm not sure, I can think of a fourth colour sometimes, even six.
But not too many.
A mate is into lamps. But I don't know - with cold walls, should you have cold lights? Or the opposite?
If you were to paint the kitchen in white - would you prefer exactly the same white colour on every surface or would you prefer different nuances? Wall and ceiling the same, and doors and stuff more off white maybe ? Maybe a third white somewhere?