Using warm colours – red, orange, yellow or beige – in your home can dramatically change the way a room feels. Not only do they remind you of hotter temperatures – fire, the sun – but warm-coloured walls look as though they are “closing in” (in a good way!) which makes the space feel cosy and snug. Warm colours are also inviting and stimulating so they’re great for a sociable room – if you like to sit around the kitchen table chatting with friends or family, then red, orange or yellow could be the ideal shade for your walls.
But it’s not just the colours themselves that affect the room – the way you combine them with other shades and surfaces also matters to the overall vibe of the space. There’s also a difference between warm colours with red or yellow undertones – which are very warm – and those with blue undertones, which feel a little cooler. Lighting can also change the feel of a room – in general, it’s best to combine warm walls with yellow-tinged lighting as the colour will look fresher and cleaner. And if your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light, warm colours help to ensure that the space feels cosy rather than dingy. Here, we look at some of the design considerations of warm kitchen colours…
Reds with orange undertones are very vibrant and can have an energizing effect – it’s no coincidence that Coke comes in a red can! They are great for bright, light spaces and create a dynamic contrast with white units, which adds even more vitality to the space. If you need help getting into gear in the morning, a bright red kitchen splashback would probably do the trick! The glass splashback above is a slightly deeper shade (Strawberry) which works well with the off-white units and black oven. But the overall warmth of this hue is ideal in a room that is a little short on sunlight.
The colour orange is said to stimulate appetite, which is why it’s so commonly used in cafes and restaurants. We also think it works well in kitchens, too, as it’s a little softer than red but still has a zesty, energising effect. It’s also surprisingly versatile – it mixes well with hot pink and turquoise to create a bold and exotic colour scheme, but also teams beautifully with moss green and mauve for a gentler, more natural look. Here, the client has paired our Tangerine glass with textured creamy grey units and the overall effect is fresh and modern but still warm and welcoming.
A colour of happiness and positivity, yellow brings instant cheerfulness into a room. As with all warm kitchen colours, it’s important to identify which kind of yellow you want – a yellow with green/blue undertones will read cool and fresh, while one with red/orange tones will have a much cosier vibe. If you want your space to feel invigorating, a lemon yellow would work, whereas a snug and homely room calls for a yellow that leans more towards mustard. The bespoke colour above has greenish undertones and complements the cool grey and white colour scheme beautifully. This is an example of a room in which warm and cool shades balance each other out – providing their undertones work in harmony rather than fighting against one another.
If you’re not sure whether to choose cool or warm kitchen colours, purple could be the answer. An example of a hybrid shade, purple is a combination of red and blue and can go either way. With more red mixed in, eg magenta or maroon, it reads warm, whereas a purple that contains a lot of blue, such as violet or lavender, will look colder – but not as cold as a true blue. This bespoke dark aubergine shade, above, is an example of a deep reddish purple that creates a cosy feel without going too bright or deviating too far from the monochrome room scheme.
Brown and beige
Finally, browns and beiges are warm colours (they tend to have a yellow or orange base) that also work as neutrals, making them very useful for interior design. Chocolate browns are great with other warm shades such as burgundy, mustard and burnt orange, while beige can be paired with lighter shades such as coral and blush pink, and can also work well as a complement to cooler shades. This printed glass splashback features a mix of brown-based shades which go beautifully with the wooden work top and cream units. We also love the image the client has chosen – a quite literally warming cup of coffee surrounded by soothing spices and reviving pieces of chocolate!
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