The Curious Department's Guide to Understanding Warm and Cool Tones and Natural Light

Have you ever wondered why some colours look better together than others? Why certain shades just seem to bring out the best in each other? The answer lies in understanding the concept of warm and cool tones. Knowing how to use these tones can make a huge difference in any room's overall look and feel, especially when it comes to natural light. Here at The Curious Department, we’re here to share our expertise and help you gain a better understanding of warm and cool tones and natural light.

First, let's define warm and cool tones. Warm tones consist of reds, yellows, and oranges, while cool tones are made up of blues, greens, and purples. Warm tones can make a room feel cozy and inviting.

Warm tones: Coral Odyssey 'Teal', used in an earthy colour scheme.


Cool tones can evoke a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The use of warm and cool tones in any space should be balanced based on your personal style and preferences.

Cool tones: Zellandine 'Moonlight', used in a calming colour scheme

Another factor to consider when designing a space is natural light, which can hugely impact your color choices. When designing a room, it’s important to think about the direction of the natural light source. North-facing rooms have a cool light, which pairs well with cool tones. In contrast, south-facing rooms have a warmer light, so it’s better to use warmer tones in those spaces.

It's also essential to consider the time of day in which a room is most frequently used. For example, if a room is mostly used in the evenings, it's best to choose warm tones to create an inviting atmosphere. In contrast, if a room is used primarily in the morning or afternoon, cool tones naturally add to the space's calm ambiance.

Rebel Knit 'Onyx', used with warm neutrals for a cozy bedtime retreat

Now, let’s talk about some design techniques that are particularly helpful when working with warm and cool tones. One technique is to introduce contrast. For example, lighter, cooler walls can be offset by a warmer, darker sofa, rug or curtains, creating a sense of balance. Similarly, adding warm tones to a room with mostly cool colours can create an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

Liberatzion 'Tourmaline', contrasted by darker shaded curtains and accessories.

When it comes to colour coordination, the most standard rule is the 60-30-10 rule. This rule states that 60% of the room should be a neutral color, such as white or grey, 30% can be a complementary color, and 10% can be an accent color. By following this rule, you’ll create a cohesive look to your space that works within your warm and cool tone balance.

Understanding warm and cool tones and natural light can be the key to achieving your dream space. With a little knowledge and creativity, you can make your home both comfortable and stylish. And remember, these design principles can be applied in any space, from a cozy living room to a bright, open kitchen. Finally, trust your instincts and choose colors that make you happy. After all, a beautiful home is one that makes you feel energized and at peace.

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