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Color Theory: Cool Colors

This week in Color Theory month, one of the areas I'll be focusing on is cool colors. The term is associated with the contrast of landscape light between the colors of daylight and sunset with a gray or overcast day, cool colors being the latter and warm, the former. Cool colors are the hues that range from blue-green to blue-violet, including gray.

As you know, colors have a psychological effect. Unlike their counterpart, cool colors tend to recede, which in effect creates a calm and relaxing space. With that in mind, you should consider this perceptual temperature of a color when choosing your paint and textiles. Cool colors are great for bedrooms and other lounging spaces. Cool colors also make a great background for warm-colored focal points, making them pop more. Stay tuned for more posts on decorating with cool colors.


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crystalm07 crystalm07 7 years
I want that chandelier!!!
Zyada Zyada 7 years
Cool colors also tend to cool your room down. I had a light blue bedroom many years ago, and found that it was rather chilly. Also, make sure that you have very good lighting. It does make blue a very good color for kitchens, where a little cooling is advantageous.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
I love my Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray in my living room! It's just perfection
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 7 years
I'm looking forward to this series of posts! I'm never confident when it comes to choosing colors, and could use some help.
jwsledge jwsledge 7 years
Where are the chairs from and how can I get them????
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