Warm Colours

By: Sabrina Essery, Freelance Writer

Is your guest bedroom lacking a certain coziness? Do you wish your foyer or living room felt a little more inviting? Perhaps you want to try something bold with your office, but don’t know where to start? If this is the case, you should consider giving your space some colour therapy. More specifically, you should consider integrating a warm colour palette into your home. Warm colours are not only surprisingly flexible- they’ve been known to encourage warmth and connection between people. Depending on the shades of red, orange, or yellow you use, you can easily create a space that invokes the rustic comforts of a cabin retreat or the bold appeal of a modern, mid-city condo.


Red is said to encourage one’s appetite, which makes it a bold, interesting choice for a dining room. Red is vitalizing– darker shades will absorb light, while brighter shades will reflect it. Keep this in mind when thinking about how big you want your space to feel!

  • Warmer Reds are rustic and cozy; pair them with wood tones to keep things comforting.
  • Bright Reds are stimulating and bold; pair them with white for a modern look, or black for an intense, alternative look.
  • Dark Reds are rich and sophisticated; pair them with darker wood tones for a sophisticated look, or with cream-tones and black accents for a surprisingly romantic look.


Orange was thought by some ancient civilizations to heal the lungs. Orange is energetic– some shades look bright and bold during the day, but warmer and cozier in the evening. Orange is a colour that can easily become overwhelming- this is something to keep in mind should you choose to use this colour.

  • Warmer Oranges are comforting and inviting; pair them with wood tones or vibrant splashes of red and yellow to give the room some variety, while keeping it within the same colour palette.
  • Bright Oranges are energetic and invigorating; pair them with whites and lighter shades of gray for a contemporary look, or light middle- to yellow-tone greens to give the room some balance.
  • Pale Oranges (such as apricot) are familiar and subtle; pair them with neutrals, or experiment with plum or green accents.


Yellow encourages optimism and happiness. Bringing to mind the feeling of brightness and sunshine, it’s also said to speed up metabolism and aid digestion.

  • Warmer Yellows are down-to-earth and uplifting; pair them with darker wood tones for a more rustic look, or white and off-whites to balance and lighten up the room.
  • Bright Yellows are revitalizing and cheery; pair them with white and vibrant oranges to keep things bright, or light- to middle-wood tones to tone it down.
  • Pale Yellows are airy and unobtrusive; pair them with lighter neutrals for a crisp, relaxing look, or experiment with shades of blue for a more playful look.