How to Balance Warm and Cool Colors
Below, can you feel the difference in the two paintings?
For warmth: A Glowing Sunset, on the left, is filled with warm hues of yellow, orange and brown. The vibrancy of the intense colors adds a liveliness to the painting and mimics one of those hot hazy days of summer!
For coolness: Evening Shadows, on right, I focused on cool tones of blues and green. For me, the cooler colors give a bit more mystic feel to the painting. The energy is less and the piece seems more restful.
How to Balance Color: Omitting golden yellows from a palette can be tricky. Notice the subtle mix of yellow-greens and itty-bitty touches of red-orange in the primarily blue in the painting above, Evening Shadows. Often a strictly blue color palette will leave you feeling chilled, like the bite of a winter day with its crisp air that creeps through your skin and seeps deep into your bones. Just a hint of warm colors can thaw that arctic feeling. Here's how in your home:
By mixing warm and cool tones you can create different moods. I hope you have fun playing with color!
Learn more about in the series on: the psychology of color.