How to Use Warm Colors in Your Interior Design
As summer quickly comes to a close and autumn swoops in, it’s important to “keep your home feeling warm and inviting as the temperature gets cool outside,” says Farima Alavi, HGTV.
“Color is powerful,” writes Maxwell Ryan, Apartment Therapy. “It is stimulating, healing, soothing and fun. It is also a big commitment.” Not only does redesigning or redecorating take a monetary commitment, but also a pretty hefty time commitment to research, design, and ultimately execute. So, it is important to know what you’re getting into.
In this article, we will explore a few different ways to incorporate warm colors – oranges, reds, and yellows – into your interiors.
Decorating with Warm Colors
As summer quickly comes to a close and autumn swoops in, it’s important to “keep your home feeling warm and inviting as the temperature gets cool outside,” says Farima Alavi, HGTV. Here are “simple ways to decorate using fall’s rich, cozy colors to create a welcoming, relaxed look.”
✔️ Have a Plan & Know Your Colors
When it comes to color, you must, must, must have a plan. Color is powerful, as we mentioned earlier, and different colors evoke different emotions or feelings. Warm colors, such as reds, oranges, and yellows, for example, are “stimulating,” says Ryan. So, while these colors may not be ideal for the bedroom, which should ideally be a cool and calming environment, “warm colors work really well in the social rooms of your house, such as the living room, dining room and kitchen,” advises Ryan.
Warm colors are also not ideal for small spaces. “Visually, warm colors look as though they come closer, or advance (as do dark colors),” says Lauren Flanagan, The Spruce, “which is why they’re often used to make large rooms seem cozier.” Conversely, warm colors can make a small space seem smaller. So, it is important to have a plan and really think about your use of color in different spaces.
✔️ Bring Nature Inside
“Adding fall’s hues to any design style is simple,” says Alavi. However, “changing your home decor seasonally can get pricey,” as well as time consuming. So, instead of reinventing the wheel with the changing seasons, why not make subtle, yet impactful changes throughout your home? One easy way to do this is to bring nature inside, whether you do this with seasonal flowers, potpourri, centerpieces, etc. The fall season is full of beautiful warm colors. So, let Mother Nature do the work for you.
✔️ Create Balance
“An important thing to remember when dealing with warm and cool colors is that no room should have just one,” says Flanagan. It should be a balancing act. And while your red, yellow, or orange may be your focal point, you need to use calm or neutral colors elsewhere to give your interior a more even look and feel.
✔️ Sometimes More is Less
When it comes to color, sometimes you can make a bigger impact using less color. Ryan says to “use strong color sparingly to punctuate the room, not define it.” So, instead of trying to incorporate red, yellow, or orange into everything, instead try to stick to the 80/20 rule. “I recommend 80% neutral colors and 20% strong colors,” says Ryan.
There are several ways you can go about this.
- Accent Wall: If you like the idea of warm colors, but don’t want to overwhelm your interior, an accent wall could be the perfect solution.
- Furniture: A few strategically chosen and well-positioned pieces of furniture can really make an interior pop!
- Accent Pieces: “If your room is not large and/or not blessed with an abundance of natural light, your better option might be a limited use of warm colors as accents that make a statement or add a soft touch,” says Coral Nafie, The Spruce.
- Window Treatments: One great way to add intrigue, dimension, and warm color to a room is with your window treatments. Next Day Blinds offers several window treatments, including our Wood Blinds, Woven Wood Shades, and more, that can help to bring warm tones and colors into a room.
Window Treatments & Warm Colors
When it comes to choosing window treatments that embrace warm colors, it’s all about finding the right materials, colors and opacity. Here are a few of our favorites:
💡 Wood Blinds
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“Natural wood brings warm tones to any space,” according to Dunn-Edwards Paints. So, it should come as no surprise that our first recommendation is our most popular product – Wood Blinds. While more subtle, these window treatments allow you to seamlessly blend warm colors into your interior.
Wood blinds “add a feeling of warmth and coziness to the atmosphere in the room” and “give a natural look to the room with a graceful charm,” says Jimmy Sturo of Ezine Articles.
💡 Roller Shades
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Available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to suit every decor, Next Day Blinds Roller Shades are a great decorating solution for any room. And with 76 different color options, from light filtering to solar and room darkening shades, you are sure to find a roller shade to match your specific design needs. Light Filtering and Solar Roller Shades embrace natural light, naturally warming the colors and tones of the shade and your space.
💡 Honeycomb Shades
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“Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are one of the hottest new trends in window shades and are designed for light filtering or for the total blocking of sunlight,” writes interior design blogger Christie Craig of Houston Lifestyles & Homes magazine.
These stylish window treatments come in a number of warm colors sure to compliment your decor. Our favorites are Pristine Beach, Romantic Sun, and Mustard, which can bring powerful yet subdued yellows into your interior.
💡 Woven Wood Shades
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Sometimes, “drapes are too fussy and blinds are too cold,” says interior designer Killy Scheer. In these cases, woven wood shades “offer a classy and practical alternative that warm up windows while providing privacy and protection from the sun.” And these aesthetic elements are perhaps only matched by the functionality of these window treatments. At Next Day Blinds, our woven wood shades feature light filtering liners to diffuse light, room darkening liners to block light and maximize privacy, or no liner to allow day light to naturally filter into your room.
Woven wood shades “enhance and warm almost any decor,” says interior designer Becky Dietrich, bringing “a distinctly organic texture to a room.”