Warm colors are vibrant, bold and direct the attention of the eye. Not surprisingly, a home with too many warm colors can be confusing and overwhelming to the senses. Even so, there are plenty of interior painting ideas that make warm colors pop.
Understanding Warm Colors
Even though there may be some room for interpretation and even discussion whether the warm colors vs. cool colors model is really scientifically sound, Handprint’s Bruce MacEvoy outlines that — traditionally — warm colors include orange and red tones. Within this color family there are various shades of yellow and closely related hues.
Interior Painting Ideas
Use warm colors for interior painting projects in such a manner that they do not overwhelm the senses, especially in smaller rooms.
Painting in yellow immediately lightens up a room. That being said, there is such a thing as too much brightness; reserve bright yellow as an accent color for walls that are kept in a more muted tone of the color. Remember also that yellow will turn a few shades brighter if applied to a wall that regularly gets direct sunlight.
Using a brick red color is a bit like relying on a middle child as a peace maker. Even though red is most certainly one of the warm colors, painting with brick red is a compromise due to the latent brown hues that the color hides. Thus, this type of red can actually be soothing and feel welcoming rather than letting features pop. Even so, interior painting ideas that seek for a suitable counterpart to creamy greens and even gold tones can greatly benefit from some brick red.
Orange paint can be a train wreck in liquid form. Remember that on the paint samples the orange always looks great; if an entire full-sized living room is painted in this color, it can feel like living inside a fast food restaurant. Generally speaking, one accent wall in orange — preferably the one that also features the majority of windows — is enough. Balance the orange of the wall with cool-color window treatments. Moreover, it is a good idea to keep the ceiling in a neutral white tone.
Easing Your Way into Painting with Warm Colors
Interior painting ideas with warm colors may look great in the brochure but they sometimes turn out differently than anticipated. It is a good idea to inch your way to embracing warm colors by adding a few accents to a room just to gauge your tolerance for orange, red or yellow things. If you find that your eye keeps getting drawn to the items in a less than complimentary fashion, you may wish to stick with the cool color palette for just a bit longer.