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Decor Tips & Reminders: Working a Warm Color Palette

warm color palette tips & reminders

Home Decorating Tips

Decor Tips & Reminders: Working a Warm Color Palette

Posted on July 8, 2021

Mainly composed of reds, yellows, oranges, and greens, the warm side of the color wheel will always have the perfect shade you need to play up the coziness of any living space. Read on for tips on working with a warm color palette for your home, along with color ideas to get you inspired!

But First, a Few Color Considerations

When it comes to cooking up a new color palette for your home, it takes a little more than just picking colors. Much like painting or any other home improvement project, deciding on a new color palette will require a little research, planning, and a few considerations such as the following:  

Color Options 

It helps to know your options, especially with paint colors, as they’re never as simple as red, blue, and yellow. They come in a huge variety with tiny distinctions. Brown, for example, can be golden brown, cocoa brown, or wenge brown. 

Room Function & Desired Mood

Colors can impact moods and behaviors. Blue and green, for example, are nature’s colors and they tend to relax the mind. This is probably why these two colors work better for bedrooms, baths, and libraries, rather than thought-stimulating colors such as red. 

Aim for a cohesive ambiance. Decide on your room’s purpose and find the right color that works well with that purpose.

Physical Details of Your Space

Is your room or space small? Does it have access to good natural light? Colors also have the special ability to provide illusions. White tends to reflect light and make small spaces appear bigger and breathier. Dark colors may also widen spaces up but without White’s natural reflective property.

Sample Colors for Your Warm Color Palette

Why go for a warm color palette for your painting project? Because warm color palettes add personality to any space with the variety of effects they offer. These colors remind us of heat, passion, joy, and playfulness, but they can also make any room cozy and filled with intimate, positive energy. 

Whether it’s for their warmth or for the energy they give off, these colors ought to be good additions to your warm color palette.

Mustard Yellow

warm color palette tips & reminders

Ready for ‘warmth’, but not sure about ‘bright’? The good news is that yellow comes in different shades. As featured in the image, mustard yellow on the wall gives off a peaceful glow and a cheerful vibe that’s grounded by its pairing with black-colored fixtures. 


warm color palette tips & reminders

Gone are the days when pink was only used for nurseries and girls’ rooms. While lighter shades tend to soften, the stronger, darker shades of pink tend to add vibrancy and liven up spaces, such as that in the photo featured.


warm color palette tips & reminders

Compared to pink, maroon is richer and dramatic, making it a perfect color for accent walls or for pairing with neutrals such as gray, as featured in the photo. 


warm color palette tips & reminders

Even more dramatic than maroon, red is intense. It forcefully draws your eyes towards it and that’s also how it visually expands a space. In the above photo, the rich red wall gives off an illusion that the space seems bigger than it is. 

White & Yellow

warm color palette tips & reminders

Especially for busy spaces such as the kitchen, crisp white and yellow serves a functional and charming contrast. No need to fumble through stuff as you can easily find where each kitchen tool is! 


warm color palette tips & reminders

Aiming for an ambiance that serves a luxurious feel? Burgundy may just be the main color you need in your warm color palette. Don’t forget to work in textures, classic patterns, and touches of gold or bronze in the decor plan!

Warm Color Decor Tips for Keeps

Got your warm colors ready? Take some time to play around with them. And to see if your colors and design ideas come together, consider visualizing your plan with a mood board. These pointers for working with a warm color palette should also help:

  • Warm colors tend to work well with traditional decorating styles. For more modern styles, remember to keep your colors balanced and well spread out.  
  • Too many warm colors in a palette can be intense to the eyes. Try to balance the palette with a cool color or two. Pro tip: choose colors on opposite ends of the color wheel.
  • Warm colors work great as accent colors too! For a palette that’s less energized, and more on the cozy effect, opt for a soft, cool shade as your dominant color and work in pops of warm colors into the decor plan

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