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Where and How To Utilize Cool Tone Colors In Your Home

Color is a mood changer! Awhile back, I shared about two broad categories of color: warm and cool. Each category promotes different emotions, moods, and behaviors. But how do you utilize this knowledge to enhance a room’s purpose? Well, today we’re going to dive into cool colors and see just where these fit in your home.

A cafe with blue walls and blue stools.

(photo courtesy of Kaboom Pics)

Greens, blues, purples, and grays represent the cool spectrum. These colors tend to recede when you view them, meaning they withdraw and expand a space. Cool colors invoke soothing, restful and peaceful feelings. They can also encourage focus and are seen as intellectual, rather than emotional, colors.

A gray dining room.

Based on this, cool colors are great for areas where you want to relax or be calm, as well as in small rooms that you want to feel larger. Bedrooms, spas and bathrooms are great candidates for cool shades. Offices and studios also benefit from these colors since cool tones help with concentration.

A blue room with a blue couch.

In contrast, I wouldn't advise using cool colors in rooms where you want to feel energetic. While these colors give you energy by helping you rest, they promote peaceful feelings, rather than active ones.

A dining room featuring gray colors.

For further reading on cool colors, check out these great posts from Apartment Therapy and Houzz. And now, it’s your turn! Are you drawn to cool colors? In what rooms would you consider utilizing these shades? Let us know in the comments below!


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