Warm colors: what are they, meaning and decorating ideas

Sun, joy, relaxation, warmth. No, we're not talking about a day at the beach. These are actually some of the key features of warm colors and the cool thing about it is that you can reproduce those sensations inside your home. Did you think what it would be like to have a summer day in the living room? Or in the kitchen?

There are two main groups in which the colors are divided: that of warm colors and that of cold colors. And what are these colors? The three main warm colors are red, orange and yellow. The shades resulting from these colors, such as pink and orange red are also included in this list. Cold colors are represented by blue, green and purple.

Hot colors

The German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) was responsible for this cataloging of colors. Wundt divided them according to the sensations they aroused in the human being. According to him, warm colors are associated with fire, heat, day and blood. They are dynamic and stimulating, expressing vitality, strength, excitement and movement. While, on the other hand, the cool colors are static, soft, tranquilizing and relate to water and night.

Knowing how to correctly distinguish warm colors from cold colors is an indispensable requirement for every interior professional, such as decorators, designers and architects. The balance and the correct ratio between hot and cold colors result in harmonic, balanced and warm environments.

Check out in more detail the meaning and effect of each of the three main hot colors:

Red

O red is a primary color directly related to passion, strength, human impulses, desires and power. Red is also the color of dynamism and energy.

An environment decorated with red color is strong, stimulating and cheerful. Color expands relationships and brings joy. These characteristics make red the ideal color for living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen as they favor personal and family relationships.

However, because it is very dynamic, color should be avoided in resting and demanding environments such as bedrooms, libraries and offices. Red is also an impulsive color and studies claim that excess color can generate feelings of anger, violence and confusion.

When in doubt, use red in moderation by combining it with other colors, such as white (for a softer decor) or if you prefer something more striking, go in the combination of black and red, but be careful not to overload the environment with this pair.

Yellow

The second warm color is yellow . Like red, yellow integrates the trio of primary colors. Associated with the sun, wealth and prosperity, yellow emanates good things and feelings of fullness.

Yellow is also considered the color of the intellect, of creativity and of the active mind. All of these characteristics make it the ideal color for use in offices and study sites by promoting concentration and brain activity. In the kitchen, in the dining and living room, the yellow favors the relationships and the sensations of welcome, warmth and comfort.

But be careful! Yellow also expresses some uncomfortable sensations. It is no wonder that traffic announcements are made with color. In addition, yellow can provoke anxiety and cause feelings of cowardice (remember the term "yellow of fear" or "yellowed"?) And cynicism ("yellow smile").

In the decoration the yellow can be combined with its complementary color, the blue, or with neutral colors, especially the white and the Off White tones. Another option is to bet on black, for a more striking and daring decoration.

Orange

O orange is a secondary color resulting from the mixture between red and yellow. That is, it carries a little of each of these colors. The main characteristics of orange are vitality, dynamism, success and joy.

Color is also linked to communication, expansion of ideas, enthusiasm and spontaneity. However, like your mother's colors, orange can cause anxiety, nervousness, and irritability if overused.

The best environments of the house to use orange are the living room and dining area, plus the kitchen.

When combining it try your complementary color, purple, for a vibrant and full of personality. If you prefer something cleaner and brighter, bet on white and orange. If the intention is to get the maximum comfort and cosiness, invest in the orange with earthy or woody tones.

Warm colors are best suited for those who want to create cozy, comfortable and conducive environments. But you have to know how to use them properly so as not to create the opposite sensation. That's why we have selected 60 images of environments decorated with warm colors so you can better understand how these positive features can be used. Come check with us:

60 decor ideas and environments with warm colors

Picture 1 - The soft, but still warm and cozy, pink tone broke the monotony of white.

The soft but warm yet warm tone of the rose broke the monotony of the white

Picture 2 - In the kitchen, the yellow one instigates the palate and it makes the environment more receptive.

In the kitchen, yellow stirs the palate and makes the environment more receptive.

Picture 3 - A discreet touch of orange in the middle of the brown kitchen.

A discreet touch of orange in the middle of the brown kitchen

Picture 4 - The red light leaves the room more 'hot' and provides good moments of conviviality with the family.

The red light makes the room more 'warm' and provides a good time to socialize with the family

Picture 5 - The tone of red, almost magenta, emphasizes the proposal of nobility that the dressing table and the design of the chair emanate.

The tone of red, almost magenta, emphasizes the proposal of nobility that the dressing table and the design of the chair emanate

Picture 6 - In the middle of the white room, the yellow sofa is pure contrast and fills the atmosphere of joy.

In the middle of the white room, the yellow sofa is pure contrast and fills the atmosphere of joy

Picture 7 - The most closed tone of pink, next to the purple, brings reception in the right measure for the room.

The more closed tone of pink, next to the purple, brings reception in the right measure to the room

Image 8 - The black kitchen bet and succeeded with the floor of red and pink tones; the colors brought joy and relaxation.

The black kitchen bet and succeeded with the red and pink floor tiles; the colors brought joy and relaxation

Picture 9 - Warm colors do not need to dominate the environment, they can be present in only a few details.

Warm colors need not dominate the environment, they may be present in just a few details

Picture 10 - As here, for example, where only the orange handrail was already enough to give that up in the visual of the environment.

As here, for example, where only the orange handrail was already enough to give that up in the visual of the environment

Picture 11 - Romantic and delicate, the pink color also brings warmth and welcome, but in a way that is softer than red.

Romantic and delicate, the pink color also brings warmth and warmth, but in a way that is softer than red

Image 12 - Yellow to stimulate the intellect and creativity in the home office.

Yellow to stimulate the intellect and creativity in the home office

Picture 13 - Already the decoration of ethnic influence bet on the vibration and dynamism of the orange.

Already the decoration of ethnic influence bet on the vibration and dynamism of the orange

Image 14 - Remarkable detail of yellow in the kitchen.

Remarkable detail of yellow in the kitchen

Picture 15 - Already in this office, only a yellow chair gives account of printing the sensations of color.

Already in this office, only a yellow chair gives account of printing the sensations of color

Image 16 - Brush strokes of red in the white kitchen.

Brush strokes of red in the white kitchen

Picture 17 - Do you want a more inviting entrance to the house than the one with the orange door?

Do you want a more inviting home entrance than the one with the orange door?

Picture 18 - The pink details harmonize with the earthy tones of the room bringing comfort and coziness redoubled to the environment.

The pink details harmonize with the earthy tones of the room bringing comfort and coziness redoubled to the environment

Image 19 - Want a modern hot color? Choose yellow, especially when it comes combined with metallic elements.

Want a modern warm color? Choose yellow, especially when it comes combined with metallic elements

Picture 20 - Pink chairs to relax the environment.

Pink chairs to relax the environment

Picture 21 - Modern youth room bet on the complementary combination between yellow and purple, guaranteeing style and personality the decoration.

Modern youth room bet on the complementary combination between yellow and purple, guaranteeing style and personality the decoration

Image 22 - Orange kitchen to stimulate the senses.

Orange kitchen to stimulate the senses

Picture 23 - Yellow countertop brought contrast and life to the bathroom with gray background.

Yellow countertop brought contrast and life to the bathroom with gray background

Picture 24 - In the children's room the warm colors should be used in moderation so as not to stimulate the little ones too much.

In the children's room, warm colors should be used in moderation so as not to stimulate

Picture 25 - That detail that makes all the difference.

That detail that makes all the difference

Picture 26 - Not to load too much the room, the option here was to use a soft and delicate tone of yellow, able to warm the space, but without regret in the visual.

In order not to overload the room, the option here was to use a soft and delicate tone of yellow, capable of heating the space, but without weighing in the visual

Image 27 - Already the white kitchen knew how to take advantage of the orange chairs.

Already the white kitchen knew how to take advantage of the orange chairs

Image 28 - For a retro style bathroom, orange countertop and black and white floor.

For a retro style bathroom, orange countertop and black and white floor

Picture 29 - In this kitchen, the yellow was used the bill drops on the brick in the sink bench, inside the niches and in the kettle.

In this kitchen, the yellow was used the bead on the brick in the sink, inside the niches and in the kettle

Picture 30 - Red in the right measure to bring enthusiasm and energy to the room.

Red in the right measure to bring enthusiasm and energy to the room

Image 31 - Closed colors can also be hot.

Closed colors can also be hot

Picture 32 - For this dining room, the option was to use the tone on tone of the red palette.

For this dining room, the option was to use the tone on the tone of the reds palette

Picture 33 - Quartinho rosa, but without being cliché.

Quartinho rosa, but without being cliché

Image 34 - Are all warm colors in the same space possible? Yes, within the right proportions.

Any warm colors in the same space is possible? Yes, to the right proportions

Image 35 - The citrus orange hue fits very well with earthy tones.

The citrus orange tint fits very well with earthy tones

Image 36 - Red, rustic and cozy.

Red, rustic and cozy

Image 37 - Already here, the yellow prints modernity and joy.

Already here, the yellow prints modernity and joy

Picture 38 - Without fear of daring, the room of the couple dipped of head in the orange; to balance the color, white background.

Not afraid to dare, the couple's bedroom dipped headlong into the orange; to balance the color, white background

Picture 39 - White bathroom, but dynamic and full of life, thanks to the striking combination between orange and pink.

Bathroom white but dynamic and full of life thanks to the striking combination of orange and pink

Picture 40 - When you no longer know what to do with that neutral and bland space in the house, seek help in the warm colors.

When you no longer know what to do with that neutral and bland space in the house, seek help in the warm colors

Picture 41 - And even if they appear in soft tones, the decoration gains a new breath.

And even if they appear in soft tones, the decoration gains a new breath

Picture 42 - Yellow and natural light: a beautiful combination for the baby's room.

Yellow and natural light: a beautiful combination for the baby's room

Picture 43 - A contrast worthy of dazzling vision.

Contrast worthy of overshadowing vision

Image 44 - Even the service area goes into the proposal of decoration with warm colors.

Even the service area goes into the proposal of decoration with warm colors

Picture 45 - How to be modern using pink: blend color with white and black.

How to be modern using pink: blend color with white and black

Image 46 - For the integrated environment were used yellow, gray and black interspersed with the woody tone of the furniture.

For the integrated environment were used yellow, gray and black interspersed with the woody tone of the furniture

Picture 47 - Nothing like a cozy room to play after a long day.

Nothing like a cozy room to play in after a long day

Picture 48 - The children's rooms allow to play with different possibilities of colors.

The children's rooms allow you to play with different color possibilities

Picture 49 - Neutral, but beyond charming.

Neutral, but beyond charming

Picture 50 - A little yellow here, another there, until the decor is complete.

A little yellow here, another there, until the decor is complete

Image 51 - Warm but gentle combination of colors.

Warm but gentle combination of colors

Picture 52 - Orange and wood tones: do not mistake this combination.

Orange and wood tones: no mistake with this combination

Picture 53 - Warm colors look even more beautiful in the presence of natural light.

Warm colors look even more beautiful in the presence of natural light

Picture 54 - Yellow chairs to leave the dining room ready to welcome friends and family in the greatest comfort.

Yellow chairs to leave the dining room ready to welcome friends and family in comfort

Picture 55 - On the concrete wall of apparent orange cabinets.

On the wall of apparent concrete cabinets oranges

Image 56 - Change the look of your bathroom with yellow details.

Change the look of your bathroom by applying yellow details

Image 57 - Further enhances warm color with indirect lighting.

Further enhances warm color with indirect lighting

Image 58 - Warm colors distributed harmoniously by the room.

Warm colors harmoniously distributed throughout the room

Image 59 - Striking and stylish decoration with a combination of yellow and black.

Striking and stylish decoration with a combination of yellow and black

Image 60 - Blue and pink: balance between warm and cold colors in the decoration.

Blue and pink: balance between warm and cold colors in the decoration

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